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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

Separating OS and Apps and Files on a Macbook Pro with 2 Drives

I am planning on using an OWC Data Doubler to replace the optical drive in my mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro with a 120GB SSD. My plan is to use the SSD for the OS and applications and then use the HDD for files. I have a Time Machine backup and a Super Duper clone of my HDD. However, I some questions about the easiest way to reformat the drives after the installation is complete. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Feb 12, 2014 - 7 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I sync a never-synced iPad to iTunes without any data loss?

I lost my iTunes installation in a hard drive crash. I have a backup from many months ago. I have an iPad and iPhone that have never been synced to iTunes because I got them since the hard drive failure. I'd like to re-install iTunes from the backup and sync my iPad and iPhone to the re-installed iTunes without losing any data or re-installing apps. How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 29, 2013 - 2 answers

I dread to consider re-ripping to FLAC

My third 500 GiB Archos 5 IT just died on me. I'm out of the loop and I need a new mp3 player. What's the best large-capacity mp3 player for me to get? [more inside]
posted by turkeyphant on Aug 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Problem backing up DVD to hard drive using handbrake

So I recently converted a vhs of my parents' wedding from dvd format. But now I want to have a backup copy on my PC so I put the DVD in and launched handbrake and convert to mp4. It works... sort of... Except that handbrake only saved the first 42 minutes of the video while there is more see on the DVD. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Jul 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Hoping to make my hdd time travel forward

I moved an SSD to a new system. Now I can't access files on the old hdd that were created during the time the SSD was a part of that old system. Can they be brought back to life? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Replicating drives

Could you please step me through replacing my current HD with an SSD? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Cheapest / smartest way to upgrade new Macbook?

Help me navigate buying and upgrading a new Macbook Pro. Can I upgrade the HDD or RAM myself without voiding the warranties, or am I stuck paying the Apple tax for more HDD and RAM? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 20, 2012 - 10 answers

1 SSD & 2 HDD (One of the HDD isnt showing any more). Need help!

I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files. I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 17, 2012 - 10 answers

A Blu-ray player that can make friends with my iMac

Help me find a (cheap!) Blu-ray player. I have an iMac, and want to stream video from my computer to the player to the TV... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

I broked my computer in every possible way, how do I fix it?

How do I access the contents of an HDD from an iMac G5 (PPC) without the original computer? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Windows backup returning error

I recently bought another 1TB HDD, so I now have two 1TB HDDs (Both western digital; caviar black) and an Intel SSD (operating system). The new HDD, after one day of use has gone bad. S.M.A.R.T has detected errors, I ran the western digital tool and that also detected errors. I was warned to backup my drive, so I tried to last night but after 2 hours I gave up to re-do it tomorrow (tons of files). I stopped the backup properly and shutdown. Now this morning I'm trying to get all 830gigs of my files off of the new bad drive, back onto my original storage hdd before the new drive goes completely bad and I lose all of my important files. The windows restore and backup program is giving me error code: 0x8007045D near the start of the backup. I/O device error. I've checked the destination HDD and it returned no errors (both with the western didgital tool and using chkdsk). I need to fix this problem quick before my new drive totally fails.
posted by johnx on May 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution.

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there any coded thing to find and collect *.mp3 from my hdd according to my loved last.fm songs and make a .m3u ?

Is there any coded thing to find and collect *.mp3 from my hdd according to my loved last.fm songs and make a .m3u ? I scrobble mainly from my PC so it would be really great to have this possibility of possibilities !! [more inside]
posted by amomp3 on Apr 3, 2012 - 3 answers

External HDD fried

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

Wakeup, dammit!

Google has failed me. How do I stop my external Toshiba USB drive from going to sleep on its own when connected to my iMac file server? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Nov 11, 2011 - 1 answer

Whoa, back up. You're telling me it's going to take that long to back up?

12 hours to copy 96GB. Is that right? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Sep 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Soaked HDD

Recovering data from a soaked HDD? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Aug 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Optimizing an external hard drive

Let's say I want to buy a new external hard drive. I can pick a case with a particular interface (USB2/USB3/FW400/FW800/eSATA) and a mechanism with certain performance characteristics (RPM, latency, transfer rate, etc). Is there a straightforward heuristic that will tell me "if you're using interface X, don't bother buying a mechanism faster than Y."? [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Weird BSOD on Acer Aspire 3100 Laptop

Picking up Acer Aspire 3100 Notebook causes blue screen of death! [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Dec 31, 2010 - 1 answer

Hard drive sitting in open trailer for a year or two, inside open computer tower. Data recoverable?

Is it possible to salvage a hard drive that has been through hell and back? I have a 40gig HD from a few years ago that was inside a computer tower that was ditched in the backyard for a few months, and there was stuff on it when it was pitched. [more inside]
posted by koolgiy on Dec 11, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me find a small hard drive that isn't a big lemon!

I've come into possession of a Revision B Macbook Air that's in fine working order except for a dead hard drive, and now I'm trying to decide what to replace it with. [more inside]
posted by bunji on Oct 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Offsite Storage for Amateurs

For a home user, what is the best storage medium for backup files to be left at an offsite location? Portable Harddrive, USB drive, SD Card, burnt DVDs? [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis on Aug 28, 2010 - 24 answers

Playing music in the 21st Century

Playing music in the 21st Century - help me with mp3 players, HDD media players and internet radio. [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Aug 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me get SOLID - Solid State Drives, that is

Help me pick an SSD! I'm looking for a solid state drive (SSD) with great performance at the lowest possible price, but I hardly understand what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jun 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Brand new computer slower than older one?

Brand new 13" MacBook Pro feeling sluggish and occasionally freezing. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Apr 3, 2010 - 15 answers

What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?

My hard drive on my dell laptop (inspiron E1705 - running windows vista) just crashed deleting my itunes library. I got a new a hard drive and have my music still saved on my 120 gig ipod (newest generation). What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

EIDE -> PATA, supposed to be easy swap?

I'm replacing an EIDE drive in my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with a PATA one, thought that would be an easy swap. But, of course, I'm here, so it wasn't. The laptop now isn't seeing my new HDD, so I'm guessing I need to update something in the BIOS (ver. A07, 6/27/2005)? The new drive is a Western Dig Scorio Blue, if that makes any difference. Little help?
posted by Exchequer on Jan 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Cloned drive won't boot

How do I get a new hard drive, that's been cloned from my primary drive, to boot as the new primary drive? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove on Nov 23, 2009 - 8 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Humpty Dumpty played with a drive...

Damaged harddrive-- need to recover one particular file, but due to the damage, only perhaps 30% of the file is intact. What tools are available to just pull that 30% back? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Oct 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Computer Pony Request!

I would like to find a hard drive enclosure that isn't enclosed. [more inside]
posted by Bonzai on Oct 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Please help me decide where to start fixing my BSOD issue

Blue Screen of Death hell and I don't know where to start... is it software? Hardware? HDD? RAM? Drivers? Any pointers would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 8, 2009 - 21 answers

What's left to try on a dead SeaGate before paying for data recovery?

500GB internal SeaGate hard drive disappears from Windows, Linux, and the BIOS. What can I try before I pay to have the data recovered? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jul 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Quiet Please!

MacFilter: Help me choose a quiet internal hard drive? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Jun 8, 2009 - 8 answers

MacBook HDD size upgrade to increase speed and overall performance?

Will upgrading the size (but not RPM or cache size) of my laptop's hard drive increase performance? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Should I get a hard drive for the Xbox 360?

Xbox 360: should I get a hard drive for it? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Feb 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Largest external HDD w/o power supply?

External HDD shopping : Helping co-worker pick a external HDD. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Feb 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive.

Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 19, 2009 - 6 answers

MLC SSD for OS install ?

I'm building a new PC, and I'm eyeing a Transcend ts64gssd25s-m SSD drive to put WinXP Home on (64GB); However, since it is MLC based, I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Jan 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Hard Drive Limited to 1.5 GB/sec?

So I'm installing a new Seagate 500GB SATA HDD in my PC, when I notice, for the first time somehow, a jumper that limits the drive to 1.5 GB/s. What's that all about? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Where did my other 200 GB go?

How do I recover a 320GB drive that only reads 110GB now? Similar to this [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace on Nov 26, 2008 - 15 answers

La Cie external drive failure

Mac, Leopard, La Cie external hard disk drive spins but does not mount. What's my best option for getting data off this drive? [more inside]
posted by gen on Nov 2, 2008 - 21 answers

I just wanna buy the drives naked and have one adapter to rule them all

What is the best solution for having a whole bunch of hard drives and being able to easily swap them around? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Sep 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Man Attempting to Move Leopard

Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Instant search solution for an external hard drive?

Is there a desktop search solution that will index my external hard drives? So far I have had no luck with Google Desktop search.
posted by greenknightwatch on Aug 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

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