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Managing photo and home movie collection

My partner and I share cameras and devices and would like to have a shared photo archive and management system. Because he has a PC and I have a macbook and movie clips and editing are making our library huge, ideally I'd like to manage all our photos and home movies from an external hard drive. What software would be best for this? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Aug 6, 2014 - 2 answers

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

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Help Me Deal with Lots of Photos

How do you use iPhoto on a regular basis if you keep your library on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid on Aug 28, 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

200 GB in 1986?! Inconceivable!

How common were 200GB hard drives in the mid-1980s? Would institutions like the USGS have had access to them? Would general readers even have understood the term? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Feb 1, 2012 - 38 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

150 GB of priceless family memories, hangin' out on my rickety Dell

I have a lot of digital photos and videos. What's a reliable, safe, redundant and not-too-costly system for storing personal media files? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service.

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Would a terabyte be terrible?

Am I limited as to the capacity of a second hard drive to be added to my PC? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on May 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Sad cojoined hard drive twins seek new lease of life.

How can I recover data from two striped RAID drives if the enclosure is not responding? Is it possible to put them inside another enclosure and have it read the striped data correctly? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jan 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Best way to store 4 TB of media?

I'm looking for reliable, scalable storage, around 4 TB. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Nov 18, 2009 - 17 answers

I need to keep my hard drive safe from the elements.

Will I completely ruin my hard drive if I don't store it in an anti-static bag? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 14, 2009 - 22 answers

PC won't recognize my HD.

My computer is having problems with recognizing capacity of hard drives or recognizing the drives at all. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Using a large music collection with a smaller-capacity DAP without a computer in between.

I'm hoping to use a portable harddrive with a USB storage device (Digital Audio Player, as it turns out) without a computer in between. Does such a product exist? Preferably at a non-exorbitant price? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Apr 7, 2009 - 14 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

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I access my network storage from my new computer?

How can I access my WD MyBook World Network Storage Drive from my new (Ubuntu 8.04) computer now that my old (WinXP) box is dead dead dead? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

How to protect these drives?

Where could I purchase a bunch of Seagate's Seashell plastic hard drive cases? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Jul 8, 2008 - 5 answers

How to store hard drives?

Is there a foolproof way of storing internal hard drives for external (hot swappable) use? [more inside]
posted by speek on Jun 30, 2008 - 9 answers

ATA-7 to replace ATA-6?

Can an ATA-7 hard drive be used as a replacement for an ATA-6 hard drive? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Apr 17, 2008 - 5 answers

A->B instead of B->A?!?!?

How to recover from sync-ing a RAID 1 the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Feb 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Why are transfers to my external firewire drive so slow?

What kind of transfer speeds should I be expecting from my new external Firewire 800 drive? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Can't we all just get along?

I'm looking for an external storage solution that will play nice with an XP Desktop and a Kubuntu laptop...preferably at the same time [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Dec 16, 2007 - 10 answers

A good external storage option for $100 and under?

What is a good external HD option for around $100 that focuses on reliability and capacity? Speed is unimportant and I am willing to use an enclosure/internal HD as an option. [more inside]
posted by Empyrean_72 on Nov 28, 2007 - 14 answers

Clone a laptop drive

What is the easiest way to make a bit-perfect copy of a potentially failing laptop hard drive? The copy target would be a new 2.5" drive that I'd then install in the same laptop. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Aug 11, 2007 - 37 answers

Largest internal HD for a Macbook Pro

What's the largest internal hard drive available for a Mac Book Pro? I currently have a 120 ATA drive that came preinstalled when I bought the computer. Preferably, I'd like to be able to have two internal hard drives, swapping out my DVD drive...I know that the MCE OptiBay Hard Drive 160gb/5400rpm is available, but I'd like something bigger!
posted by bronxteacher on Oct 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Should I use LVM or onboard RAID for redundant storage?

What's the most sensible way to add redundant storage to an existing Linux system using LVM? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 19, 2006 - 7 answers

What should I do with my old hard drives?

I've got a bunch of extra hard drives, and I want to setup a backup NAS type solution so I can backup my data and store movies, tv shows, media, etc. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by creeront on Oct 10, 2006 - 13 answers

Massively Multi Hard Drive

External storage filter: external 2.5” enclosure for more than one 2.5” drive? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Mar 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Has anyone ever successfully revived a hard drive after it started making that dreaded metallic clicking sound?

Has anyone ever successfully revived a hard drive after it started making that dreaded metallic clicking sound? I've already tried whacking it, and putting it in the freezer. Any novel ideas out there before I add it to my paper weight collection?
posted by moseymose on Jan 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Setting up my new HDD

What should I do with my new hard drive? [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha on Apr 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Recommendations wanted for a mobile hard drive

Anyone have any favourites when it comes to mobile hard drives? I'm looking to replace a 40GB+ Lacie Pocketdrive unit. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Feb 23, 2005 - 8 answers

OS X claims a 200 GB Maxtor external drive has only 128GB capacity.

New External Drive for OSX: So I bought a new external, as I've been threatening in other posts. It's a 200gb Maxtor. I plug it into my Powerbook which tells me it can't recognize the format. Do I want to Initialize? I say yes... and it identifies the drive as having a 128gb capacity. What gives? Where are the other 72gb? What format should I choose for this sucker? Help!
posted by dobbs on Nov 11, 2004 - 18 answers

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