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Used disk utility to reformat a partition...

and that worked just great...only it did something to the other partition which has caused it not to mount, to refer to itself as disk3s5. It refuses to mount and if I click "verify disk" it says the disk needs to be repaired and to click repair disk. When I do so I get "disk utility can't repair the disk". So what on Earth did disk utility do to the other partition which I did not ask it to touch? The original job was completed because the file system of the other partition was NTFS and it's now MacOS Extended. Any ideas?
posted by dance on Feb 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Installation migration

I want to clone the boot disk of my OpenBSD install, with the destination drive being larger than the source. What's the easiest way to do this? Just use dd and resize partitions after? rsync? Something else? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Whole-disk imaging under Windows

What is the best open-source method for imaging an entire external hard drive, and then mounting the resulting image as a read-only drive under Windows? The drive in question is an external USB FAT32 hard drive with two partitions. Is there a robust Win32 dd alternative? It would also be nice to be able to open the image under VMWare.
posted by anemone of the state on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

SSD 1 partition, how to shrink?

I have a windows laptop with only 128G SSD hard drive, which is not partitioned, only with one partition C: . I want to install Linux aside from the original windows 7 so I can have double OS. There are about 15G empty space I gues it's enough. I think I need at least two partitions in order to do this. So I went to Computer Manage storage trying to shrink the C:, however, it shows 0 shrinkable space. Why is this? Should I run Disk Defragment? Anyone can help me out? And it's appreciated if you can give me some detailed step by step instructions, ie, how to mount partitions. I'm a newbie to linux and what I'm trying to install is elementary OS Luna. if you can share with me some introductory articles on the basics of the system adminiatraion, OS install stuff it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Backing up an open disk image?

Based on your answers to my prior question, I keep sensitive files on my Mac in an encrypted disk image. I back up my Mac to Time Machine, plus a local external Superduper! clone, and to Crashplan. How do I ensure those backups accurately record the disk image--do I have to eject the disk image or will the backups copy the open (mounted) disk? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Differing Used HD Space Reports in OS X

According to Disk Utility, I have only 36 GB / 500 GB free, and it's been pretty full for a while. For the last year I've taken this at face value, but today I looked into it closer, and found that according to other applications (Disk Inventory X and JDiskReport), I apparently should have more like 200 GB free. How can I figure out what is using this extra space? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Nov 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Did your back get better?

So I've been at least preliminarily diagnosed with a herniated disk at the L5-S1 level. This is after a couple months of back and leg pain and an attempt to treat it with oral Prednisone. The Prednisone worked for a few days while I was on it but the pain came back after the course was over. Yesterday, I went back to my GP and he gave me the diagnosis and referred me to a neurologist and is arranging for an MRI. My question is: have you been through this, what was your treatment and how did it go? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

What's the best 3.5 inch disk drive these days?

I need a 3.5 inch disk drive to read some old documents on my Mac. The SmartDisk drive I just bought on Amazon was not well made, and today after very little use the drive head just fell out the front like a broken tooth. Can anyone recommend a more sturdy floppy disk drive? Would it be better to just get an enclosure for an old PC drive?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly

I'm looking for bus-powered portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly. Desired size is 1 terabyte. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Data recovery in and around Boston

Can anyone recommend a reputable and reliable Boston-area data recovery service that will provide a quote before sending in the drive? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jan 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Sufficiently Advanced Technology, or Magic?

How can a virtual machine track the guest OS's use of an emulated disk? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Sep 3, 2012 - 9 answers

I need to send images and stop sending drives.

PC Tech filter: What's a common disk-image format that I can use for storing images of bootable flash media? Sending new media to customers so slow and expensive. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Can anybody identify this mysterious brass disk?

When a friend's grandfather died, the family found a drawer full of mysterious brass disks. The grandfather had a lot of random scrap metal and other odd items around the house and grounds. The disks are pretty much identical and appear to be brass. My friend told me that at some point someone brought one to a jeweler or something and they were told that the disks were brass with a small amount of gold mixed in. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jun 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Suggested replacement for my home NAS?

What's the current MeFi suggested device for a home NAS? [more inside]
posted by Runes on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

What exercises can I do with a back injury?

I need some help with an exercise plan that will work with a bulging disk in my lower back. Ideally, it would be about 3-4 days a week in the gym, plus cardio. I’d like to incorporate lots of compound lifts but there are a few hitches in that plan due to the injury… details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask on Sep 14, 2011 - 11 answers

A HD is probably an important part...

Computer appears to be dead. Before I go and replace it, is there anything else I can do to try and bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Disk restoration

I just reformatted a disk using Disk Utility - Mac OS X 10.5.8. I chose the wrong disk. Is there any way to undo it? [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Aug 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Askme taught me how to build 'em, but not how they think... so far.

My son received a PC game for his birthday. I'm suspicious about the origins of the disc and I've done my best to get it working, to no avail, on two different laptops. Is there something I can do so that my son can actually play it? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jul 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Old technology filter: Zip disk stuck in drive

I've got a pile of old Zip disks I'd like to investigate... but modern computers haven't got RS232 interfaces, which is what my Zip drive has. Boo! However, I discovered that my wife has a USB ZIp drive! Yay! But there is a problem... [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT not slim) can handle?

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
posted by omaralareefi on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

DJ Recommendations in Vancouver

I am getting married this July in Vancouver (BC), and am currently looking for a DJ for the ceremony. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Mar 28, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Does a quiet FW800 disk array exist?

What are your recommendations for a quiet, reliable, FW800 RAID array for home use? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 15, 2010 - 10 answers

is my computer just old at this point or is it underperforming?

I'm wondering whether my Dell laptop is naturally slow at this point or whether there's something weird afoot; and also, how to figure out whether I can install a solid state disk in it without much trouble? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

Best backup for a mac?

Backup disk/external hardrive advice for a non-techy with a mac. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 4, 2010 - 22 answers

External drive was dropped and now won't mount, what are my options?

I've got a great 1TB drive that was yanked off the coffee table...later started clicking...now won't mount...what to do? [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Oct 30, 2010 - 13 answers

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Big disk problems

Help me make a great big disk [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Aug 15, 2010 - 10 answers

What have you done with my Volumes?

MacFilter: Extraneous OS X volume suffixes? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jul 15, 2010 - 4 answers

DIYfilter - What is this disk insert called?

I've got some cardboard tubes from plastic sheeting - in all different lengths and widths. I want to be able to put shelving on them - so I'll be needing a round disk that'll fit in about 1/2 an inch snugly and have a screw protruding so I can then bolt the wood to the screw and tube. What is this disk called and where can I get them online?
posted by watercarrier on Jun 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Primary Master Drive failure on old and new drive after cloning

I have an old windows 2000 box. I recently used Acronis to clone the primary master drive. I have done this a number of times before with other boxes and even with this box. When i swapped the disks and tried to reboot, BIOS detects the disk ok, but then i get a Primary master disk failure message. So i put back the old drive and I get the same messge! I would be surprised if Acronis did something to both old and new disks during the cloning process. I can access the disk contents fine on other boxes using USB setup. So can the IDE cable have gone bad suddenly. Is it possible the bios detects the disks but cannot find boot information because of faulty IDE cable ?? [more inside]
posted by flyby22 on Apr 27, 2010 - 5 answers

DVD drive is selective about what disks it runs into

Windows 7 refuses to read commercial data dvds, plays movies fine, loads CDs fine, but chokes on pre-written disks. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks on Mar 30, 2010 - 5 answers

CRITICAL ERROR

We monitor our systems with Nagios (via Opsview). How should I set WARNING and CRITICAL disk notifications on a server to make these notifications informative or productive? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Why is lsass.exe accessing hard drive continually?

Why is the lsass.exe process in Vista 64 constantly accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Advice on WoW files not copying into external drive?

I plan to return to playing World of Warcraft. However, I need to keep the game on an external hard disk, or at least temporarily transfer it from the computer's drive to that disk frequently. When I played before, the files (install files or the installed game) would not copy to the external drive, although I have never had any such problems with a non-WoW file. I am thinking of getting an install CD for the game, so that instead of transferring from the computer to the external drive, I can just erase and reinstall. Problem is, I would need to reinstall all patches each time I did that. Does anyone have any ideas about why the external disk doesn't like WoW or how I can get around this?
posted by i2d2 on Jan 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Which SSD drive to buy for fastest seek time?

Which internal SSD drive to buy for fastest seek time? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Nov 16, 2009 - 17 answers

At least for once, I have good backups...

iMac drives failing - first external, then internal. Seems to be hardware in both cases. Questions about troubleshooting or replacement inside. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Oct 29, 2009 - 5 answers

emergency boot disk for laptop

Any suggestions on an emergency boot tool that can see my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Wong Fei-hung on Oct 8, 2009 - 7 answers

My Maxtor drive (Seagate disk??) won't mount. Where should I send it?

My Maxtor Basics 1 terabyte external USB 2.0 drive no longer mounts. I have been through all the usual stuff with tech support (including disk management and device management) and I've tried it on multiple computers. Although the green light comes on when it's plugged into USB, apart from that it's not talking to the computer. There has been no strange noise, clicking, smoke or smell. Maxtor tech support say it's a failed drive. A data recovery company I phoned said it's probably damaged firmware but the data on the disk is probably safe. I'm nervous about sending it to a data recovery company because I seem to be looking at about GBP £179 minimum or maybe many, many hundreds more. Is it likely to be a matter of simply soldering something here or replacing something there, ie a job that I could take to a local geek? Or should I be looking to take this to a major data recovery centre? I'm in London, UK.
posted by skylar on Aug 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Hard Drive Recoverable?

I just pulled an older computer out of the closet to donate, and yesterday it booted up fine. Today, I get an error stating "A disk read error occured, press CTL ALT DEL to reboot." I used UBCD for Windows and I cannot see the hard drive when I boot from there either. What other avenues should I explore to try and fix the disk, or is it toast and the files unrecoverable? I am willing to open it up. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by jules1651 on Jun 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Fix disk drive error or pay for data recovery?

Computer has "disk read error press ctrl + alt + delete" problem. I would like to get the data off it, and put it on a new computer. Is this something I can get fixed and then get the data off of it? Or do I need to pay out the nose for a data recovery person? [more inside]
posted by dios on Jun 9, 2009 - 20 answers

Disk Utility error: false alarm, or bad omen?

In OS X on my iMac, Disk Utility asserts that my main, internal hard drive is "about to fail" and has been asserting this for several months. But my computer is running just fine... should I worry? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Why does my File Browser keep opening?

There are currently 4 File Browsers open on my desktop, all displaying either the contents of my external hard drive or the folder where it's mounted (/media/). I didn't open them—they just showed up. This morning when I woke up there was 40+ File Browser windows open of the same. Another window just opened; it seems to occur at random intervals. I'm running Ubuntu Linux 8.10, wtf is causing this? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2009 - 11 answers

What's a good, preferably free, diagnostics program for Windows?

What's a good, preferably free, diagnostics program for Windows? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Mar 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Why won't certain DVDs play in my DVD player?

Our Kia Sedona has one of those built in DVD players, An Audiovox PROV710. For the life of me I can't get DVDs to play in it. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Best hard drive practice?

Is CHKDSK actually any good? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Mar 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there a "disk space" analogue to Folding@Home?

Is there an "extra disk space" analogue to the projects to which one can volunteer their extra bandwidth or computing power? Like, instead of Folding@Home using my processor, is there something that will use my disk space (for a good cause)?
posted by philomathoholic on Feb 7, 2009 - 10 answers

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