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Help me find a good exteranl hard drive

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.
posted by john123357 on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 answers

How to drive cross country - safely - in the winter?

I'm driving from DC to Washington State in a few weeks, and will take the northern route (OH, IL, IA, SD, MT, ID, WA). I'm concerned about wintry weather, and want to take precautions for a safe drive. What are some best steps or considerations to get there safely? What worked well for you in similar circumstances? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Removing a ribbon from a circuit board.

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!
posted by JABof72 on Oct 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Life without a motor?

I've never had much motivation to do anything, or much ability to persevere, and this makes life a chore. I feel like I was born without a motor - like other people have some source of energy inside that drives them towards their goals, while I tend to just drift passively and hope the things I want come to me (they don't). Talk therapy hasn't helped much, and I'm not sure what to try next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013 - 27 answers

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

Worm Drive

For a little project I need to use a worm drive, and the best/ cheapest solution seems to be one like this designed for modelmaking. But how do I fix those gears on the shaft/ Axis? Am I supposed to mill a key in it or something like that? I have a Dremel, so I could carve something in the gear, but not in the worm. And then I would need a shaft with a fitted key and those are expensive. Or are they designed to heat-shrink them onto the shaft? Unfortunately there is no information on the site.
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon on Apr 2, 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

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Turn off Google Drive Preview "Feature"

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) has just unveiled a new "feature," that makes Google Drive open most files in a "preview" mode when you click on them, instead of just opening the file for editing/saving/etc. I would like to turn this "feature" off so that my files actually open. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Feb 28, 2013 - 7 answers

I have a 250 gig MacBook Pro with only 40 gigs of free space left...

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!
posted by TwilightKid on Feb 22, 2013 - 18 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

Blizzard Road Trip

Is driving from southern Massachusetts to central Maine tomorrow an extremely bad idea? What is the latest time I can safely set out on my journey? (Note that I don't have four wheel drive or a death wish). Will all that snow be cleared away for an easy return on Sunday?
posted by murfed13 on Feb 7, 2013 - 31 answers

Where the hell is my laptop hard drive?

I have lost my laptop's internal HD. Please help me find it. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 16, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm driving through flyover country. Where should I stop?

I'm driving from northern New Jersey to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow via I-80, and returning to DC on Sunday via 76/70/270. What can I do to make these journeys less boring? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

don't you want me, baby?

How do I deal with my new boyfriend's low sex drive? [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Nov 11, 2012 - 46 answers

Given the Hurrican, should I drive from Toronto to New York?

Is it totally crazy to drive to NY tomorrow, Wed, Oct 31st? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 30, 2012 - 23 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

Bus-powered enclosure

I'd like to reuse a 5.25" optical drive in an external USB 2 enclosure. Are there any that are USB- or bus-powered? The ones on Newegg are all AC-powered, it seems. Do bus-powered enclosures exist?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Encrypting a partitioned backup drive with TrueCrypt

How do I encrypt a partitioned backup drive with TrueCrypt? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 26, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I upgrade the SSD I boot from?

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]
posted by nickhb on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Remove Acer front panel

How do I get the front panel off to install a second hard drive in my new computer? [more inside]
posted by KRS on Aug 20, 2012 - 9 answers

How stupid is this stupid hard drive question?

How bad an idea is storing my backup disks (hard drives in my car)? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Aug 15, 2012 - 17 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

Suggest a road trip of around 10 hours from Orlando!

Can you suggest some amazing places for me to visit within a ~10 hour drive of Orlando, Florida? I will be leaving Orlando on September 1st and have to be back either in Orlando or in Atlanta, Georgia afternoon of 7th September for my flight back to London, England. New Orleans is one enticing idea so far, Miami slightly less so...but very keen to get some suggestions from the hive mind. Everything from historic landmarks to city culture to the big wide open considered (and I'm a big fan of freshwater swimming too). [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jul 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Fix GoogleDrive or Show Me Alternatives

Is GoogleDrive more customizable than I know? How can I make it stop doing stupid stuff when I share big folders? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jul 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Obsolete iMac Hard Drive Replacement. Where to purchase?

What internal Hard drive can I purchase for an iMac 20" G5 computer? [more inside]
posted by hdh on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me identify this song used in Drive.

Can someone please identify this atmospheric song from the movie Drive (but it wasn't on the soundtrack...)? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on May 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Testosterone supplementation for women

Testosterone supplementation for women - looking for research or information to share with my doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Lock/Unlock switch on a hard drive?

Lock/Unlock switch on a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam on May 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Help Me Find a Program to Manage Multiple HD's

Is there a program that I can manage multiple harddrives as one large virtual HD? [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 5, 2012 - 10 answers

YYZ-FAI

My sister is being induced on May 1st in Fairbanks, Alaska. I live in Toronto. Help me get there. [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Apr 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Quiet hard drive enclosures

Any recommendations for quiet eSATA two- or four-hard drive enclosure that supports RAID 0/1? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop?

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal?

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Safest path to haul a trailer through the Rockies?

Looking for advice crossing the Rockies. [more inside]
posted by mordax on Mar 3, 2012 - 3 answers

wife wants to recover hard drive

Should I agree with my wife to spend $1000 or more to recover an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Feb 26, 2012 - 34 answers

Word spacing screwed up by saving on faulty flash drive?

When I save MS Word docs, a lot of my spacings between words are being eliminated. In just about every sentence, it happens at least once! To be clear, instead of something like "and the", it will say "andthe". Could it be a faulty flash drive? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Drive / Fast & Furious 5 Movie Night

Double-feature movie night running order quandary - Fast 5 and Drive [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Feb 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I transfer 360 data to an external hard drive?

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]
posted by HostBryan on Feb 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to eat on I5?

We're driving down to LA from the East Bay Area later via I5 next month, and we'd love to get your recommendations on a place to eat on the way. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I get my sex drive back?

How can I get my sex drive back? I am a 26 year old male. I don't recall exactly when my problems started, but it's been going on for over a month. I'd like to think that I'm too young still for such a steep drop in libido to be normal. What makes it more worrisome for me is that I have no idea what might be causing it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 16 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

It said F: drive! I swear!

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 - 11 answers

Eudaimonia is not a 1-dimensional spectrum

How does a generally unintelligent, unmotivated and jaded person transform into one of the "competent elite"? [more inside]
posted by identitymap on Oct 22, 2011 - 25 answers

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]
posted by GuyZero on Oct 17, 2011 - 4 answers

I need more drive

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?
posted by Crotalus on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Help! Corrupted Drive w/ Precious Memories Recovery Assistance Advice Requested!

So I have this dual NAS drive which I thought was pretty cool until a few months ago. I was gone on a short trip and left it plugged in (perhaps unwise). Anyway when I came back the drive wouldnt mount. As it turns out it some how got corrupted rendering it unreadable... [more inside]
posted by gnash on Oct 11, 2011 - 10 answers

More songs like Drive

I can't stop listening to the icy cool Drive soundtrack. Help me find more songs like these!
posted by Avenger50 on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 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

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