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Best hard drive solution for mobile audio recording

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]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 12, 2013 - 16 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

MacBook disc drive won't read.

Save us another trip to the Apple store. My daughter's computer: Mac Book Pro Operating system: 10.6.8 Not in warranty [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

I can SEE that this is a burned disk.

DVD-R data archives from an old computer are showing up as blank disks on all the new computers I've tried them with. What can I do to get my data? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Feb 13, 2013 - 18 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

USB3-->USB2 Woes

I'm getting awful speeds transferring to a USB 3 external drive from my USB 2 Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Can anyone help me turn my offsite backup into a brick?

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]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 27, 2011 - 4 answers

DriveSpacio:Windows :: [ ]:Mac?

Is there a utility for the Mac that is similar to DriveSpacio for Windows? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jul 21, 2011 - 8 answers

She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Mac Hard Drive file double check!

Getting ready to replace a hard drive. Am I missing anything? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Apr 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Are Segate Barricudas a good choice for external drives?

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.
posted by captainscared on Mar 5, 2011 - 25 answers

I have a business card CD. I have a Mac. Um.

For a work project, I need to utilize a "business card cd" to download a camera driver. I'm using a Macbook, whose slot drive can't deal with an irregularly shaped CD. Help? (Minor snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Oct 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Can I get my data back? Or am I asking for a rainbow pony?

My 9 month old Macbook Pro flashed the gray screen of death. Is there any way to recover the data? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on May 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Dual-Bay SATA Enclosures

Dual-bay SATA Enclosures! Which ones let me copy from one drive to the other on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Nov 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Mac busted?

Is my Macbook's HD broken? Unable to boot, more details inside. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 31, 2009 - 11 answers

La Cie external drive failure

Mac, Leopard, La Cie external hard disk drive spins but does not mount. What's my best option for getting data off this drive? [more inside]
posted by gen on Nov 2, 2008 - 21 answers

How should I prepare my Mac before selling it?

What are all the things I should do to prepare an old iBook of mine before I sell it to another person (who I don't know and isn't related to me)? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Oct 27, 2008 - 3 answers

I want to recycle and be secure!

iMac G5--how do I wipe the drive prior to recycling? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Best setup for external drive for Macbook Pro?

What kind of external drive setup should I use for my new Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by semblance on Oct 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Hard Drive Purgatory

The Last-External-Hard-Drive-I-Ever-Buy is stuck between heaven and hell. Can anyone please help me figure out how to rescue it? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Man Attempting to Move Leopard

Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Animator in need of assistance

Halp! Need advice on a storage solution for a man with media! [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome on Jun 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for Fun Camera or Computer Projects during a Cross Country Drive

I'm looking for instructions, guides, or suggestions of something fun to do with my camera or laptop during an upcoming cross-country drive. [more inside]
posted by hworth on Jun 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Mac HD Data Recovery

Ahhh! My Mac crapped out! Can anyone recommend a good data recovery company that is dependable but won't charge me an arm and a leg to retrieve my files? I really hope so. I have a lot of photos and files that I would be SO distraught over losing. MY MORALE IS IN YOUR HANDS!!! [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Feb 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Why are transfers to my external firewire drive so slow?

What kind of transfer speeds should I be expecting from my new external Firewire 800 drive? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Western Digital or Seagate

I have an external hard drive on my Christmas list. I'd like to make the shopping easy on them by giving specific choices. I've done some searching (here and via Gooooogle) but I need that extra oomph from the genius that is the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Dec 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac)

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

The mac with two brains

Can I back up / clone my Mac HD to an external HD then swap the Main and external drives? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 12, 2007 - 15 answers

If Firefox killing the performance of my PowerBook?

Is Firefox churning my Powerbook? When I have more than a few tabs open, I hear (and see- on my little menubar app) heavy hard drive activity. It feels like it gets stuck in some kind of endless swap and the performance of the machine seems to suffer. More importantly, the noise drives me nuts. I suspect Firefox memory management issues. I know Firefox has a bad rep in this dept. Suggestions? Tweeks? Opera?
posted by Area Control on Nov 6, 2007 - 18 answers

HFS+ yields advantage for Mac users?

When using an external hard-drive with a Mac, is a speed advantage gained by using a drive formatted with HFS+ (over FAT32/etc.)? And while I'm asking... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Oct 29, 2007 - 11 answers

How do I get files off my PC when all I have is a MAc laptop?

I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Sep 20, 2007 - 12 answers

My Pioneer DVR-112 isn't supported in OSX 10.3.9. How can I get it working properly?

My Pioneer DVR-112 isn't supported in OSX 10.3.9. I finally succumbed and joined the DVD age. After a couple of heady days watching DVDs and backing up using Toast, I tried to burn a regular old CD using iTunes and got a shock. My new drive isn't recognised or supported. [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Sep 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way?

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Jul 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Dead or just mostly dead?

My external drive has gone pfft. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jun 29, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me revive a Western Digital hard drive

Is there any way to get my western digital external hard drive to properly display the disappeared files & folders on it so that I can back them up? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Mar 30, 2007 - 7 answers

usb vs external drive from mac to pc

Why can I use a usb drive interchangeably between my Mac and PC, but not an external drive? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth on Jan 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Installing Linux on my Mac's external hard drive

Is there anywhere I can find step-by-step instructions for installing a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular) on my PowerBook G4's external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 22, 2006 - 6 answers

How to boot PC XP and Intel OSX from external drive?

How do I configure a 2.5" 60 gig usb external drive to boot Windows XP on a PC as well as be able to boot Mac OS X 10.4 on an Intel MacBook?
posted by h2 on Oct 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Exactly cloning a MacBook Pro's HD

I need to make an exact clone of a MacBook Pro drive onto an external (fw) drive, which will then be used as the MBP's internal drive. [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Oct 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Will our Protools backup scheme work?

A few questions about our Pro-Tools setup. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Dec 12, 2005 - 7 answers

250gig drive shows as 1000gigs

Macfirewirefilter: I just bought a minimate--250gigs. It shows up on my desktop as being 1000gigs plus. Do i really have that extra space? Is something wrong?
posted by amberglow on Dec 2, 2005 - 6 answers

what is the best, most cost-effective way to backup multiple hard drives?

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 - 15 answers

From Mac to Windows

Help me transition to Mac. I have a home computer (Windows) that just crapped out. There was a power surge or something and the Power supply and motherboard are now toast. The hard drive is OK. I have an iBook, and now I want to get a Mac Mini for home. My question is.... How do I get the files off my old (standard ATAPI) hard drive and into my iBook? Is there some sort of adapter that I can buy to plug into my USB port? What options are available?
posted by TheFeatheredMullet on Oct 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Mac OS9 HD Crash

I'm a pc guy, but my friend's imac hard-drive has crashed. I managed to salvage the entire drive on a dvd, but otherwise it's been rendered inoperable. So, my question: can I just copy the appropriate folders (keeping directory structure) from the dvd to the new (essentially empty) drive and have everything work as before? Can I do this for specific software, such as outlook (all saved emails lost!) or word? Or do I have to to a manual re-install of all software, export of emails, etc., as any self-respecting pc would require. Mac OS 9.22
posted by pinto on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Move my Maxtor!

MacFilter: Finally upgraded from my old 400 mhz G4 to a 1.25 ghz dual processor G4. I'd like to move the maxtor ata hard drive that I installed in the old machine to the new machine. Will I lose the data in the process? Or can I just take it out of one, put it in the next, and continue to access all my files as if nothing has changed?
posted by fingers_of_fire on Feb 5, 2005 - 19 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

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