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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
posted by circular
on Oct 15, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by sockpim
on Sep 5, 2009 -