I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
I use Macs. I use a flash drive to carry powerpoint presentations and other documents that I need to access on PC's running various flavours of Windows, which are not mine and I will not have administrator access to. Is there a way that I can protect/encrypt the drive in a way that will let me use it on both systems, without having to pre-install software on the Windows system? I do not need government-grade encryption, just something that will stop casual snoopers accessing the data if I lose the drive.
My son is trying to record his voice along with his piano and he needs a microphone/usb setup to record his voice. He wants to sing covers of songs by Coldplay or Adele, if that helps. (this question is eight years old so it seemed like it was time to re-ask.)
Just got a new internal hard drive for my PC and would like to copy files from my netbook to my PC's new hard drive. [more inside]
My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
My Compaq Presario V2000 notebook running XP is a bit more than 5 years old, and all three of its USB ports are failing. [more inside]
What type of internal computer cable do I need? [more inside]
What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
Help me identify the magical usb device that keeps disconnecting from my PC... [more inside]
How do I hook up an internal card reader with USB header connection, when I don't have a USB header connection on my motherboard? [more inside]
I'm trying to get my old files off of an old Hard-disk. Old PC is XP newer PC is Vista. I removed the Hardisk from the OLD computer. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE cable. When I plug in the Hard-disk via USB, I hear the confirmation tone that you hear everytime you plug in a USB. I see a "ST340082 0AS SCSI Disk Device" in the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the tray. but I do not see the Drive. I can't really afford an External Hard drive. But I will eventually if I have to. Cna anyone help me please.
My PC can't read my SD card. What gives? [more inside]
What's the best way to play N64 on your laptop? (Controllers question) [more inside]
I finally made the switch! Help me transfer my files from my Toshiba laptop to my shiny new MacBook! [more inside]
How big a problem is USB microphone latency for multitrack musical recording? i.e. How difficult will it be to do tight vocal overdubs with a straight-to-USB mic? What about with a mic->XLR->USB interface->Mac setup? [more inside]
Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
A couple questions about Mac and OSX: 1) does anyone know of an alternative to USB Prober alegedly included with the Apple SDK - to help the OS see some USB devices (see inside)? 2) why is the kerning/tracking on much of the default system software - often sketchy? [more inside]
Anyone recommend PC tuneup software, installable to a portable drive or USB stick? Something for tuneups/cleanups, kind of like System Mechanic Portable Toolkit used to do. [more inside]
Why can I use a usb drive interchangeably between my Mac and PC, but not an external drive? [more inside]
I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
USB/Firewire External Harddrives - how can I get simultaneous access from 2 computers? [more inside]
Hello MetaFilter. This is my first question, so I thought I'd start with something easy. I'm looking for a a USB hub that runs off it's own adapter. Any recommendations? [more inside]
My USB2 hard drive will only stay mounted if I keep accessing it. If I don't, within 5 hours or fewer, I can't access files on the drive or even do a directory listing. I can then unmount the HD, power cycle it, and it will mount again as if nothing had happened. If I keep accessing the disk, say by continuously playing an MP3 mix on it, the disk acts completely normal: uptime now (with MP3s playing) is something like 20 hours without the shadow of a problem. [more inside]
My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
Printer filter/ I'm downsizing to travel cross country and would like to use an old Canon bubble jet (BJ10ex) with my new Dell laptop running XP. Does anyone know if this won't work? I have to wait for a USB Parallel converter cable to arrive to test it. Are there other compatibility problems I need to know about?
What's the best solution for videoconferencing between a Mac with iSight and a PC with an USB webcam? [more inside]