What's the story with Windows and big disks? Specifically, Windows 7 and a 3tb drive.
I've read what Microsoft and others say about using large drives with Windows 7. I gather it works. However, I haven't found a how-to guide that actually spells out how to get the thing done.
In my case, it would not be the boot drive. I'd boot off an SSD and use the 3tb drive for storage. How can I do a clean install on that? I've tried and Windows doesn't see all of the 3tb drive. (The GPT format option is greyed out.)
Then, if I get Windows to recognize the 3tb drive, can I partition it into multiple logical drives? So, for example, the SSD would be C: and I'd split the big drive into D: and E: . Doable?
posted by justcorbly
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I have several hundred machine-generated, human-readable TXT files; one text file per serialized device tested. Each file has test values in predictable places, although in a very irregularly-shaped "table" if you could even call it that. I want a simple Windows program where I say: "Okay, program, here's the row and columns where field #1 starts and ends, ... here's the row and columns where field #n starts and ends ... Give me a CSV file with those values I need and nothing more." [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I want a Mac, but I also have some software (games) that I need to run in Windows. I know I can use bootcamp to run a virtual machine with Windows on it, but will it be flawless? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr
on Jan 11, 2012 -
My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel
on Jan 11, 2012 -
I have questions about how to use the new directory structures we now have under Windows 7 and Vista. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Jan 10, 2012 -
IT Manager Interview help! Crash course resources and interview tips wanted. [more inside]
posted by j03
on Jan 9, 2012 -
My colleague uses a Windows editor for writing code and a Unix system to run it. He has practical issues with version control. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by knz
on Jan 8, 2012 -
My company is upgrading a few student labs from XP to 7. We do not want to manually activate each machine after deploying our image, nor do we want to run a licensing server, as our network for the labs is very small. We are using HP machines that came with professional edition pre-installed, so we can legally deploy a new Windows image on the machines.
Anybody know how to manage licenses in a more elegant manner when deploying Windows 7?
posted by UrbanEye
on Jan 4, 2012 -
I'm looking to beef up the graphics card on my Shuttle XPC but I'm limited to a 300W power supply, a single slot PCI-Express and a budget of under £100 (~$160). What cards would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver
on Jan 3, 2012 -
Do you use a Mac laptop in combination with a PC desktop computer? Please tell me how you manage your workflow between the two. Can you recommend useful software and/or hardware to make coexistence as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Jan 3, 2012 -
My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Dec 30, 2011 -
How can I make font display in Windows look better?
I recently had to set up a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. I haven't used Windows for several years. The quality of the font display doesn't seem to have improved.
Fonts look ragged to me. Big headline fonts at news sites are pretty awful, like they were slapped on by a sloppy painter. How can I make this better? Any tricks or products that address this? I've used Cleartype but, frankly, I not sure I noticed anything change.
posted by justcorbly
on Dec 24, 2011 -
How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo
on Dec 19, 2011 -
The Binding of Isaac runs really quite poorly on my PC. I think SpeedStep the problem. How can I force my PC to run at maximum speed for the duration of the game? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens
on Dec 19, 2011 -
Is there a non-expensive way I can add system-wide EQ to my Windows 7 HTPC (Asrock ION 330)? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit
on Dec 18, 2011 -
My installation of Windows XP Pro (SP3) seems to have developed intermittent amnesia. I've noticed a couple of times in the past week that files which I edited and saved under new names just -- disappeared. (Details inside). Today, after restarting the machine, I found my desktop wallpaper and Quick Launch icons had reverted to what I had several months ago, and my Recent Documents lists in MS and Adobe products was showing material from July 2011 and earlier. Plus, my iTunes library had suddenly been unable to find about 10% of my songs, although I have been able to manually locate them and make iTunes recognize a few again. These "missing" songs are both old and new: I don't see any pattern in time re what has gone missing. I'm assuming the worst -- XP death throes in progress! -- and am updating my data backups NOW. All my applications seem fine so far: I'm not missing anything that was recently installed. No other data seems to be actually missing. While I back up, is there anything else I should investigate or hypothesize? [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Dec 8, 2011 -
I just created a fresh installation of Windows XP with updates and drivers on my parents' computer. How can I preserve this installation, so that they can easily
rollback (or even wipe the hard drive) to get back to this uncorrupted state after it is inevitably infected with some unremovable malware? The contents of the hard drive are under 4gb and can fit on a DVD. They don't store content locally, so I'm unconcerned with losing data.
And, no, switching to Linux is not an option. Thanks!
posted by Bushmiller
on Dec 7, 2011 -
My semi-senile older friend needs a computer just for email and web, but keeps messing with Windows cfgs, viruses, spam etc. a support nightmare/comedy. Is there a recommended Linux or Windows distrib for a 5-year old PC, that stays the same with every reboot, support for web and email only, prevents messing with OS, and remote support ability?
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 6, 2011 -
We are doing a campus wide migration to gmail, and that means I have a few hundred thunderbird users who need their settings changed to point to a new imap server (and change their username to firstname.lastname@example.org). What is the best way to get this done? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon
on Nov 30, 2011 -
I bought a Belkin Easy Transfer USB Cable for Windows 7
thinking it would act much like a direct crossover cable connection would. Instead, it only seems to let me transfer the files and folders needed to set up your old Windows profile on a new copy of Windows, rather than giving me access to all files, folders and partitions, which is what I need. Is there a hack to get this cable to do what I want it to do?
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 27, 2011 -
I need to remove various 0 byte "ghost files" from the desktops of a bunch of Windows 7 computers. I know DelinvFile works but is there a free alternative which actually works? I know it can also be done by turning off explorer.exe and going into cmd to delete them but what exactly are the steps for doing this? Any suggestions gratefully received.
posted by joannemullen
on Nov 24, 2011 -
Is there a public test Windows XP machine online somewhere I can remote into with rdesktop and tsclient? I am trying to see how it is going to look and work when I remote into work machines on this Ubuntu box, but these are not yet set up. Other Windows are fine too. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God
on Nov 21, 2011 -
Our double-hung windows have sprung alumin[i]um jamb liners, a bit like this
. After taking the sashes out to paint and re-putty, how do you get them back in the frame? [more inside]
posted by holgate
on Nov 19, 2011 -
I'm trying to customize a default user profile in Windows 7 professional, with the intent of using it to create a mandatory profile. Microsoft requires the use of Sysprep. I am but an intern, and Sysprep confuses me. I can't get Sysprep to run with the command-line switches I need.
The SteadyState replacement saga continues... [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either. [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Two questions about putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. First, how do I get a Windows 7 ISO? Second, am I crazy to even do this in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Nov 15, 2011 -
A windows drive mapping error has ruined my day. Please please please tell me there's some way to recover my data. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby
on Nov 11, 2011 -
I've got a windows vista installation that, as of a few months ago, has stopped letting me write to a bunch of directories or change a bunch of files, and it won't let me make them writeable again. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023
on Nov 5, 2011 -
What are the best ways to create and deploy Windows 7 images across numbers of often disparate computers? [more inside]
posted by chairish
on Oct 30, 2011 -
Will be curtain-free for at least two months - any ideas for temporary window coverings for a 7 feet high bay window? Looking for inexpensive options that are more attractive than newspaper...
posted by janecr
on Oct 27, 2011 -
An important, newly ISO-9001 standard form in my office is an Outlook template (*.oft) that we have to fill out. I use a Mac with Entourage. How do I fill out this form? [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Oct 25, 2011 -
I need to look up the number of employees, number of computers in use at workstations, what type of operating system is used at the workstations, et cetera of a company for a school project. Specifically, I want to calculate the costs/benefits of switching from the presumably Windows OS a company uses to Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by bookman117
on Oct 19, 2011 -
What great code/text editors provide a perfectly consistent experience across both Mac and Windows environments? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Oct 13, 2011 -
Excel 2007 issue: I'm trying to have Excel mark matching data in two columns with some kind of color or formatting. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Oct 10, 2011 -
We had the aluminum windows replaced in our 1968 brick veneer rambler. The replacement windows are vinyl. In the process we had the storm windows and ceramic tile sills ripped out. Now the original framing and drywall is exposed. What is the best way to finish the sills? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Oct 9, 2011 -