I own all of the southpark dvds and I want to rip each episode to an individual file for my media center. I know I can do this manually but it is tedious. Is there any Rip software that can do a batch conversion?
posted by lukeomalley
on May 4, 2006 -
Instead of getting a four-bay Firewire enclosure, could I just get a cheap PC case and use that to build a RAID? [more inside]
posted by ImJustRick
on May 3, 2006 -
I'm in the market for an external hard drive. I'm running XP on a PC and know nothing about external hard drives except what I'd like it to do. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah
on Apr 26, 2006 -
How can I be certain that the external hard drive I want to buy to backup my Powerbook hard drive will not require an external power source? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc
on Apr 24, 2006 -
How can I back up all my contacts from my Nokia 6230, and put them onto my Sony Ericsson W810i?
posted by samstarling
on Apr 13, 2006 -
Can I download/backup messages (SMS/MMS) from my Nokia 6680 to my Mac via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by chrismear
on Apr 4, 2006 -
I'm trying to burn a backup that has a ton of files with Japanese names. I'm using Windows XP SP2 and Nero 6.6, and anytime I try to create a DVD with any of the ISO (or UDF) settings it forces the filenames to their short filenames, such as "Docume~1". Anyone know how I can record this?
posted by LukeyBoy
on Mar 13, 2006 -
I'm finishing up postproduction on a small digital video movie. I want to get a DLT tape storage system to back it up and send it off. However, I want to also use the same machine on my PC. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe
on Feb 24, 2006 -
I've had my Powerbook G4 for just a touch under 3 years and i've aquired a healthy amount of personal files, photos, music, and work documents. Last night i had a scare with the drive, it failed to boot for the first time since i've had it. Feeling a tad twitchy about the reliability of my drive i ask: Is there a automated backup solution thats flexable enough for me... [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof
on Feb 23, 2006 -
I recently subscribed to an online backup service that offers 1GB for $9.95 a year. After joining the service I discovered that you upload one file at a time. No uploading of folders. Is zipping files and folders the best solution for getting large amounts of data backed up with this scenario? More below [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme
on Feb 17, 2006 -
I'm trying to access some old backup CDs and can't remember what backup program I used to create them. The only thing Windows can see on the CDs is a README.txt file that says: "This disc is a backup CD. Except for this file the contents of this disc must be accessed using your backup software." The rest of the data is invisible and presumably in a proprietary backup format. I followed this advice to no avail.
Anybody know what backup program I used back then?
posted by ao4047
on Feb 10, 2006 -
I'm looking for a basic, personal Mac-based backup plan.
I've got 25 gigs of data - files and media - on my Mac that I want to keep backed up, every week at least. I've used .Mac's Backup program, but that's too slow for this size of backup (and doesn't seem to have that capacity). [more inside]
posted by cgt
on Feb 6, 2006 -
Is there an OS X app that will do what Apple's backup does but without having to be a .Mac member? [more inside]
posted by photoslob
on Jan 23, 2006 -
I have two identical PowerMac G5s and a single copy of Mac OS X Server. One is a file server for small network. The other exists in case something happens to the first one. Through what mechanism can I keep the contents of these two systems in sync, whether constantly, every few hours, or nightly? [more inside]
posted by waldo
on Jan 6, 2006 -
What is the best way to share an external hard drive between a PC and a Mac (both laptops) so that both computers can read and write to it? Can it even be done? [more inside]
posted by LouMac
on Dec 29, 2005 -
The internal hard drive on my G3/600Mhz iBook is not long for this earth. I'm looking for advice from MeFis who have replaced the drive themselves; specifically, if faced with the task again would you say "Hell no!" or rather "Wow, that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be"? [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Dec 13, 2005 -
As a computer geek, I've wasted a lot of time contemplating how to build a system that would let me access, preserve, and share my information without being dependent on any particular computer. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by shivohum
on Dec 10, 2005 -
Data backup for PC/Mac household: We’re trying to set up an efficient way to back up our crucial files from 4 computers (2 Mac, 2 PC) to one external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by aceyim
on Nov 18, 2005 -
I've a dual boot windows/linux laptop which is periodically attached to a novell network. Does anyone know of a utility to copy files from a drive on a laptop to the network, where they'll get backed up, without me having to remember to do it?
posted by handee
on Nov 16, 2005 -
I have three 160 gig hard drives full of Apple Lossless music that I've ripped from my CDs. I want to keep these drives backed up, obviously. Is the most cost effective route to just buy a 500 gig (or ideally, one TB) drive for this purpose? Are there enclosures that hold multiple hard drives that would be appropriate (and cost effective) for this use? With the deals out there, it seems cheaper to buy more 160s than a 500 gig. I'm on a Mac G5.
posted by thewiseacre
on Oct 28, 2005 -
I've taken the role as a graphic designer at a small company, and I also wear the IT hat sometimes. That being said, I'm more of a Mac Guru than (blech) XP. BUT, we have a small file server (40 GB, half full) of data we would like to backup nightly.
#1: What's a good tape drive (or other media) for that much data, with room to grow, of course.
#2: What software?
#3: What's a "typical" backup schedule. I'd prefer just to do incrementals, but how often to rotate tapes/etc...?
posted by Wiggo
on Oct 6, 2005 -
We are considering acquiring a failover backup for a Windows 2003 server at my work. Is there a good turnkey solution for failovers for under $2000-3000? Is there *any* solution available at that price? Firewall recommendation bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Sep 30, 2005 -
How can I backup my existing Gmail inbox locally, so I can search and access my messages offline? [more inside]
posted by Thoth
on Sep 24, 2005 -
BackUpFilter: I'm looking for a quick way to back-up important files from two different locations, via a remote server. Could I be any more vague? [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Sep 23, 2005 -
What's the best way to start using outlook on my new laptop, while continuing to use it on my desktop? I'd like them to be synched. (with out using exchange) How to transfer current outlook e-mail account settings, current e-mails, rules, to other computers? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut
on Sep 21, 2005 -
I will be wiping the hard drive of my Dell Inspiron 600m, which is currently running Windows XP with multiple profiles. What's the best way to make sure I back up everything? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan
on Sep 20, 2005 -
A while back I corrupted my MP3 collection, subtly at a really low level. I have a backup library, but it's old and contains lots of files I don't want in my main collection. Help. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn
on Sep 1, 2005 -
Small Los Angeles company (14 computers, 1 terabyte of info) needs a reliable and reasonably-priced off-site backup solution. Any ideas?
posted by tsarfan
on Aug 31, 2005 -
I'm running win2k. Both my hard drives are pretty much full, and the C drive is tiny, so... I want to move all its data to a new drive, which will then be bootable like the old one. Am I dreaming? If not, how do I do it?
posted by squidlarkin
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Is there a way to back up just the local username/password list in Windows (specifically Win2000 server) and copy it from machine to machine? [more inside]
posted by jfuller
on Aug 19, 2005 -
I am looking for a fault-tolerant file copying freeware/shareware (WinXP) for copying very large directories (> 100GB) from volume A to volume B. By "fault tolerant", I mean that the process won't die if a particular subdir or file won't copy, it will just keep on chugging and log the problem.
This kinda sounds like is a prettified, Windows equivalent of rsync. Anyone?
posted by everichon
on Aug 9, 2005 -
Mac OSX Server Backup question: what's the best way to ensure that my small office doesn't lose the data we store on our file server? Right now we use Retrospect with a tape drive, but it's not an ideal solution, because finding stuff on the tape is a huge pain, and the time required to maintain it is lost time. Should we go with a portable external hard drive (someone brings the tapes home just in case of fire or explosion)? Or purchase an off-site solution?
posted by miss tea
on Aug 2, 2005 -
I've got a ~40G filesystem on a Linux machine. I'm looking for a solution that will let me backup to 4.7G DVD blanks - e.g., fill one disc, tell me to put in another, etc, until all of the data is copied to disc(s). I can do this easily with Dragon Burn under OSX with its "Span discs" option, but I'd like to find something similar for Linux. I know about cdrecord/proDVD, but last time I checked it didn't offer anything like this. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill
on Jul 3, 2005 -
Can you help me find a usable, friendly keystroke logger for Windows that isn't creepware? [more inside]
posted by evariste
on Jun 27, 2005 -
I'm currently running Retrospect Server 5 on a Mac OS X box. It's backing up the following clients: 2 Windows 2003 servers, a Windows 2000 server, 2 Mac OS X 10.2 Servers, a few Mac OS X Panther clients, and 2 linus boxes. Backups are done to external hard drives as well as to a VXA tape changer.
The Mac Servers and clients will soon be upgraded to Tiger, so I'm going to need to upgrade Retrospect. However, Retrospect is somewhat flaky at times, and I've heard about some reliability issues with Retrospect 6.
I'm considering switching to BRU Server by the Tolis Group. I've heard lots of good things.
My question is, does anyone have any actual experience with similar setups for these two backup solutions and which one should I go with? Or maybe is there a better backup solution in the same price range I should be considering?
posted by edjusted
on Jun 22, 2005 -