I know there are a lot of good programs that will allow you to encrypt part or even all of the files/folders on a portable HDD. I am looking for a simple way to password protect the whole HDD so that if it is attached to any computer, a password is needed to access it. I know that is not as 'good' as encryption', but that is all I need. TIA.
My external hard drive won't appear on desktop or disk utility, it's completely inaccessible, Ive tried all the usual tricks.... [more inside]
Older imac 250 GB full except 4 GB now. Mostly iphoto and itunes. I have an external terabyte HD for backup. What is the easiest way to free up space? Move photos or music off the hard drive? Which would be better. Have already looked for wasted space, cleaned out various folders etc numerous times. Thanks!
(I have Windows 8.1 w/ OneDrive) I've been copying music files from my Western Digital Passport ext hard drive right over to OneDrive...have learned you don't really need to add them first to the local drive of my laptop where this is all happening. Have deleted any I had previously added there. Is a file the same size on the cloud as on my WD Passport? Yes, I checked a music file just now, and the ext HDD file and OneDrive replicant are equal in space. I've read OneDrive keeps all the same, doesn't convert down. So why is it that the more I add directly to OneDrive (cloud), the more space is taken on my laptop's hard drive? Is there some cleanup I have to do? The overall space on my local disk gets smaller. BUT, it seems in fact that it would be getting even smaller if OneDrive were truly hiding some copy locally. if that's the case I count myself lucky and ask myself if there's something I just don't know about the cloud -- that it somehow uses less space overall? If that's not the case, then what is taking my laptop's HDD space? I thought all the space needed was right there in my 1TB allowance from OneDrive.
I just lost my trusty laptop and decided to go for a professional level HP workstation for both my freelance video work and personal use. The computer will come with a 1TB drive, and I wonder what should I do to keep it efficient and healthy. I used to split a 500GB drive into 2 and have OS and program folders on C: and then the rest of my files on the second partition. Is it still practical thing to do with a now TB size drive nowadays? Or anything you would do instead? Or even things besides hard drive, please share with me, thanks! lan [more inside]
A few weeks ago I bought a Lenovo Flex 2-14 laptop. I seem to have mostly conquered the issues catalogued in this question, which all stemmed from Lenovo's bizarre decision to pre-load the thing with Malware. After a total reinstall from scratch (and a lost weekend - thanks Lenovo), I'm now mostly happy with the machine, save for one crucial issue - the supplied SSD is far too small. [more inside]
After some research, I think I've found my ideal backup solution. It involves me:
- Manually creating a Macrium Reflect encrypted image file of my data once a week
- Storing the encrypted image file to two external HDDs
- Placing the external HDDs in two different (safe) physical locations
This is going back to this question where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
I have a MacBook Air that I am considering selling. It has an SSD, and I would like to securely wipe it clean before putting it up for sale. I know how to wipe regular hard drives, but I've heard that secure erases of SSD's actually DAMAGE the drive. Is there a secure way to remove data from an SSD hard drive without compromising its lifespan/integrity?
Hello all. Whats the best way (fast, cheap?) to clone my internal hard drive to as many external usb hard drives as possible? (up to 5 at a time, at the same time?). Can this be done in the same amount of time as it takes to clone it to one external hdd? Or would the internal bus choke on the data and take forever? Is there even software that does this? Most of the usual suspects (ghost, acronis, etc) seem designed only to clone 1:1. The default solution seems to be buying a hardware standalone hdd cloner for hundreds of bucks. Thanks for any thoughts/ideas!
I want to read/write files on an external HD via both USB and over the network. [more inside]
Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
The current external hard drive I have is "WD' brand that I got at best buy and I'm not happy with it. I am looking for a external hard drive that is easy to use for someone not that great with computers and I can back up my computer with it, that has the ability to be encrypted, is reliable, is ideally available locally at a place like best buy, must have a metal case, not a plastic one (the one I have now heats up and smells like burning plastic) Also bonus points if it has a fan in it. I have a PC not a mac, so it should be for a PC. Also I am not sure if I want to but one of those large external hard drives you leave attached or the smaller pocket sized one so any pro's and con's of both would be great.
Trying to swap-out circuit boards between a couple of really old Quantum Fireball CXs in attempt to retrieve data from failed unit. Cutting to chase; how do I disconnect this, without damaging it. Muchos thankos!
Trying to decide what to get, here. I've got an interal 750gb 5400 rm drive in the MBP that very occasionally throws up the dreaded "drive too slow" dialog in Logic at only 6 or 8 tracks of 24 bit 44.1 kHz. [more inside]
I have a 250 gig MacBook Pro, which is about 3 years old. I have approx. 115 gigs of music stored in my Itunes library. All duplicate MP3 files were deleted. That leaves 135 or some odd gigs of space. I keep a large majority of my documents and files in a cloud service. I maybe have 5-10 gigs of random files I keep on my HD. That leaves approx. 125 gigs of space... I know that the computer uses (and I'll guestimate 25 gigs for the OS & random program files I have on my system)... That still leaves about 100 gigs worth of space un-accounted for.... When I open my 'finder', it tells me I have approx 50 gigs of space available. I have downloaded Disk Inventory X which is suppose to give you a break down of where all the space is being used. I have also read about a program called DaisyDisk. Both seem to be reputable and popular. I d/l'ed DIX first cause it was free..It did the analysis.... But....While I have somewhat of an idea of computers, I am not sure what is safe to delete, what should't be touched....What if I delete something that has specs attached to files that shouldn't be deleted...Neither utility really gives me an idea of what is safe to delete and what should not be touched. I know I must have a large cache of files and stuff that could be deleted....Image previews, etc.... I just don't know where to look. What is safe to get rid of.....Not sure what to do..... Thanks!
I have lost my laptop's internal HD. Please help me find it. [more inside]
How do I encrypt a partitioned backup drive with TrueCrypt? [more inside]
What's the best way to upgrade my hard drive on my desktop? I have a 40GB SSD that I boot from, and I want to upgrade that to an 80GB SSD. What's the best way to move all of my information from the old drive to the new one, and then have the computer boot from the new drive? [more inside]
How do I get the front panel off to install a second hard drive in my new computer? [more inside]
How bad an idea is storing my backup disks (hard drives in my car)? [more inside]
I'm getting awful speeds transferring to a USB 3 external drive from my USB 2 Macbook Pro. [more inside]
What internal Hard drive can I purchase for an iMac 20" G5 computer? [more inside]
Lock/Unlock switch on a hard drive? [more inside]
Is there a program that I can manage multiple harddrives as one large virtual HD? [more inside]
Any recommendations for quiet eSATA two- or four-hard drive enclosure that supports RAID 0/1? [more inside]
How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop? [more inside]
My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive? [more inside]
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed?
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed? [more inside]
The 2TB drive on my server is getting full. I know there are issues with older computers running the 3TB drives. Can I use this drive with this computer (E5200 processor, Win7 Pro 64)? If so, do I need to do anything special when I hook it up?
After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
Is it a terribile idea to put my small UPS next to my hard drives? [more inside]
Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port?
Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
Why is my wireless router WZR-HP-G300NH not mounting my USB External HD? I'm trying to access my Western Digital My Passport SE external hard drive through the wifi connection on the router. I have it plugged into the USB port on the router and it is powering on, but not mounting. What have I done wrong? How can I get this to work? Does anyone know how to go about accessing the hard drive files once it is mounting properly? I'll be using my MacBook to access the files and would like to stream my movies wirelessly from the external HD. [more inside]
Is there a utility for the Mac that is similar to DriveSpacio for Windows? [more inside]
My computer (Macbook pro 4,1) has a Serial ATA (1.5Gb/s) bus. Can it use a hard drive that has a speed of 3gb/s? [more inside]
I have a laptop that I want to sell. How do I format the hard drive but still keep the OS system. I don't have any software disk or floppy. I want to the computer to be like when I opened it the first day. Thanks
Which PSU is the right one for my external hard drive caddy? [more inside]
Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
Getting ready to replace a hard drive. Am I missing anything? [more inside]
Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe. [more inside]
I am looking for 2T hard drives for external enclosures for my iMac. I'm interested in the Seagate Barracudas http://bit.ly/fhRdh4 We use them at work but there are some pretty bad reviews on newegg which concern me. Has anyone used these that could comment? And if you have better suggestions please let me know. Thanks.
What would cause a 320Gb hard drive to report as 2.2Tb? [more inside]
Is it possible to salvage a hard drive that has been through hell and back? I have a 40gig HD from a few years ago that was inside a computer tower that was ditched in the backyard for a few months, and there was stuff on it when it was pitched. [more inside]
How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC? More details inside. [more inside]
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]
I have the hard drive from a broken laptop. It has really important things on it. How do I recover said things? [more inside]
I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]