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Best backup solution 2014

I've always backed my files on CDs and DVDs, but a few years back I decided to go for external hard disks because they seemed more practical. I would love to get SSD external hard disks, but they are very expensive. I'm currently looking at cloud-based backup solutions but I don't really know where to find something of quality that is private and relatively cheap. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 6, 2014 - 17 answers

External monitor buying

I want an external monitor for detailed 2D black-and-white work (so I mostly care about resolution-for-the-price, right?). [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on May 5, 2014 - 9 answers

External HD with Ethernet & USB file access?

I want to read/write files on an external HD via both USB and over the network. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find a good exteranl hard drive

The current external hard drive I have is "WD' brand that I got at best buy and I'm not happy with it. I am looking for a external hard drive that is easy to use for someone not that great with computers and I can back up my computer with it, that has the ability to be encrypted, is reliable, is ideally available locally at a place like best buy, must have a metal case, not a plastic one (the one I have now heats up and smells like burning plastic) Also bonus points if it has a fan in it. I have a PC not a mac, so it should be for a PC. Also I am not sure if I want to but one of those large external hard drives you leave attached or the smaller pocket sized one so any pro's and con's of both would be great.
posted by john123357 on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me go shopping for a big 'ol monitor

Help me find a 27" monitor with some specific requirements in mind. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Solution for slow file transfers?

I'm looking for a way to transfer files more quickly from my laptop to an external drive. Currently, I'm using USB 2.0 ports & a USB 2.0 hub. However, my HP HDX18 laptop does have an eSATA port & an ExpressCard 54 slot (Gen 1.0). Using Windows 7 64bit operating system. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Invisible hard drive

External hard drive not showing up on Mac. Customer service tells me to go to a computer shop to recover my data before they'll send me a replacement (it's in warranty until January). Computer shops do not seem to offer this service. Help? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

USB3-->USB2 Woes

I'm getting awful speeds transferring to a USB 3 external drive from my USB 2 Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Hack a Canon external Flash for high-speed video marking

How can I hack a Canon external Flash for my high-speed video application? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jun 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me keep my Workstation quiet!!

I like to keep my home office incredibly devoid of machine noise. To that end, other than my sound system (where I choose the noise), my workstation consists of 1.) A Mac mini running Lion Server on Raid 0 3.5" drives (2 x 500GB) and 2.)A Lacie quadra 1TB drive doing Firewire 800 Time Machine backups every hour (I put up with the Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, every hour without being annoyed). I need more storage, but don't want to increase the (lack of) noise factor... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me kick out the jams

Looking for a DJ controller that includes a soundcard for under $200. Ideally, it will be compatible with Traktor 2 and have bass/mid/treble controls. [more inside]
posted by quelindo on Apr 30, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I connect a laptop to dual screen external monitors?

How can I connect a laptop to dual screen external monitors or a single large external monitor and will the resolution make me happy? [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Apr 4, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop?

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

External HDD fried

External HDD no longer recognized. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Can I transfer 360 data to an external hard drive?

Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Feb 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Help with external monitor for macbook pro

Year old apple macbook pro laptop. I spilled water on it and killed the screen. I have heard that you can plug in an external monitor if you have the right "dongle". I no longer have the dongle the laptop came with, so I would like to kow what is the name of the adaptor I would need in order to plug in a second hand LCD screen? And where would I get one? Thank you.
posted by cascando on Dec 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me save a troubled external hard drive!

Help me save a troubled external hard drive! I'm using OSX and I'm fine with wiping it out and starting over. This may be complicated? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 29, 2011 - 23 answers

How to convert this jQuery snippet to plain JS or Mootools?

Need to get standard Javascript or Mootools equivalent code for this jQuery snippet. [more inside]
posted by circular on Oct 15, 2011 - 11 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port?

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I back up this way?

Do external hard drives need to stay connected to a power source when now in use? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Sep 10, 2011 - 6 answers

external drive gone awol

I have a 2TB Western Digital "My Book Essentials" external drive for Time Machine that has gone missing. Its icon sat on the desktop till sometime in the last day or two, and now Snow Leopard and Disk Utility can't find it anywhere. I have rebooted, unplugged/replugged, changed USB ports, changed outlets for its power adapter, etc. It is still running as usual, nice and quiet with its tiny light on. It still powers up when plugged in. No weird sounds. I plugged it into a Windows computer and it was recognized as an unreadable USB device (since it is formatted for Mac). So apparently it is still a functional something. My secondary TimeMachine drive, also a WD My Book, is still recognized and running as usual. Any help or ideas? Thanks!
posted by methinks on Sep 2, 2011 - 19 answers

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me access my external hard drive through my wireless router

Why is my wireless router WZR-HP-G300NH not mounting my USB External HD? I'm trying to access my Western Digital My Passport SE external hard drive through the wifi connection on the router. I have it plugged into the USB port on the router and it is powering on, but not mounting. What have I done wrong? How can I get this to work? Does anyone know how to go about accessing the hard drive files once it is mounting properly? I'll be using my MacBook to access the files and would like to stream my movies wirelessly from the external HD. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

It must ring loudly and proudly.

I need a external telephone ringer that is similar to the Doro Ring Plus Teleflash that will work in the US on a VoIP telephone. Specific product details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on May 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Where can I find lockable storage with cable holes?

Where can I buy a lockable storage cabinet for several external hard drives, with a hole for cables to the outside? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How to move songs in a playlist to an external drive on a Mac?

How to move a single playlist worth of music from my iMac to an external drive... ? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

All my stuff is on that thing...

I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Mar 9, 2011 - 16 answers

300w or better external PSU?

How can I find a "laptop style" power supply that is good for more than 120 watts? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Jan 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Why can't computer things just work the way they're supposed to?

Why does my 500gb Lacie external hard drive only show that I have 24gb of space? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Nov 28, 2010 - 11 answers

External HD for both PC and Mac ?

How do I format an external hard drive so that it can be used on both a PC and a Mac ... DUMMIES version ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah on Nov 9, 2010 - 23 answers

External drive was dropped and now won't mount, what are my options?

I've got a great 1TB drive that was yanked off the coffee table...later started clicking...now won't mount...what to do? [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Oct 30, 2010 - 13 answers

I have a business card CD. I have a Mac. Um.

For a work project, I need to utilize a "business card cd" to download a camera driver. I'm using a Macbook, whose slot drive can't deal with an irregularly shaped CD. Help? (Minor snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Oct 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Still hoping against hope...

How is the metadata stored for image files, and what is involved in recovering it after drive failure? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jun 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files

Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear". [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Daring Fireballesq. RSS

Following on from my previous question how can I change my RSS feed in WordPress so that the links tag actually links to my custom field's 'external-link' and not the posts permalink?
posted by nam3d on Apr 16, 2010 - 1 answer

Should I be worried about my dropped, but working, hard drive?

I dropped my external hard drive—badly—but it's still working in every way I can think of. How worried should I be that it will still fail? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Feb 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Advice on WoW files not copying into external drive?

I plan to return to playing World of Warcraft. However, I need to keep the game on an external hard disk, or at least temporarily transfer it from the computer's drive to that disk frequently. When I played before, the files (install files or the installed game) would not copy to the external drive, although I have never had any such problems with a non-WoW file. I am thinking of getting an install CD for the game, so that instead of transferring from the computer to the external drive, I can just erase and reinstall. Problem is, I would need to reinstall all patches each time I did that. Does anyone have any ideas about why the external disk doesn't like WoW or how I can get around this?
posted by i2d2 on Jan 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Recover Lost Files

How do I recover files that have disappeared from external USB drive after moving to another computer? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jan 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Ahh, Vista... how I won't miss you.

Questions about hard drives, enclosures, and other ways to survive a blue screen of death. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Dec 21, 2009 - 7 answers

EIEIOmega

My Iomega external hard drive died... Any chance of getting it going again? Or getting the drive(s) out and into another case? [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Dec 4, 2009 - 8 answers

External USB drive, Linux machine, POST/mount woes!

Please hope me: my Linux machine cannot boot when my external drive is connected: it can't get past POST tests when USB legacy is enabled, but it also can't mount the drive when USB legacy is _not_ enabled. :( [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Nov 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Looking for an external hard drive

My external hard drive has been making some very odd noises for a while and I’m looking for a good replacement. Your input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email on Nov 18, 2009 - 12 answers

How to speed up a file transfer between two external hard drives?

Why is it that when I transfer files from an external hard drive to my laptop's hard drive via USB 2.0, the speeds are so much faster than transferring files from one external hard drive to another (5 mins vs. a few hours for 1.5 GB)? I think it might have to do with the fact that the external drives use different file systems (NTFS vs. FAT32). Is there any software that could speed things up?
posted by matkline on Oct 21, 2009 - 11 answers

My external hard drive wont work

until today, my laptop wont read and open up my external hard drive. i haven't unplugged it without safely removing it or anything either. it also makes this constant tapping noise, like the sound of a tap dripping. (which it never used to make) does anyone know what i can do to make my laptop find my external or fix it? cheers
posted by sockpim on Sep 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Using netbook as external monitor for laptop

Can I use a netbook as an external monitor for a laptop? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Charmian on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers

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