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A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

All my stuff is on that thing...

I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Mar 9, 2011 - 16 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

What I'm looking for is the Mario Andretti of everything.

How would I track down someone who holds the most or at least multiple licenses for driving? Ideally someone who's legally cleared to drive anything from a motorcycle to a locomotive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

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

Things to do in Denver when your Hard Drive is Dead

What would cause a 320Gb hard drive to report as 2.2Tb? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 31, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I get offsite remote backup for my NAS...on a home budget?

I'm looking for the best customer-facing remote backup solution that can back up from my network NAS drive. A lot of the customer-facing solutions like MozyHome don't support the NAS drive. Also I'm wondering...with 1 terabyte to back up, won't it take months to upload?
posted by skylar on Jan 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Hard drive sitting in open trailer for a year or two, inside open computer tower. Data recoverable?

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]
posted by koolgiy on Dec 11, 2010 - 17 answers

Disc Not Detected

I'm trying to install a game on my Win7 PC. The DVD drive isn't seeing the disk. How do I get it to recognise the damn disc? Pertinent info inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 23, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC?

How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 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

Can I recover files from a laptop hard drive?

I have the hard drive from a broken laptop. It has really important things on it. How do I recover said things? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN on Oct 28, 2010 - 17 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

On the Road Again. Woof.

We are off to Lake Tahoe this weekend and we're bringing our dogs. Does the green have any tips or experience for the long drive (3 hours) or secret canine friendly haunts on the south shore? We thank you as do the puppies.
posted by duckus on Oct 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Do we want a car to visit Philadelphia?

Do we need a car for a four day visit to Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Sep 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Seeking bulk USB thumb drives.

Trying to find cheap bulk USB thumb drives. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Recording from hard drive of Toshiba RD X-35 to another Toshiba recorder onto disc?

How to record from Toshiba dvd player/recorder hard drive to another Toshiba dvd recorder? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Aug 22, 2010 - 0 answers

Bootable Ubuntu Flash drive

Booting Ubuntu from a USB flash drive [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Cos I'm Freeeeeeeee

I'm looking for scenes in movies / TV shows where the characters are singing whilst driving. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Jul 31, 2010 - 57 answers

Help a complete moron create the greatest drive-in theater night off all times!

Help a complete moron create the greatest drive-in theater night off all times! [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Where is my attraction?

I'm 19 years old, a guy. I was wondering what has happened to my sexual attraction. Typically during the college and high school years in the past, I used to be more sexually attracted to different guys (yes I'm gay). Right now it's summer break and I spend most of my time at home and not really in the presence of different people. Now when I occasionally go out, I don't seem to have the sexual oomph that I've had in the past. I do have success with my self, but it doesn't seem as strong as before. What is it a problem with? Is it low sex drive? Is it that I'm going crazy? Is it that I'm not seeing enough people? Is my attraction limited to types of people and is that normal? I think it is.
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Spice Up a Boring Drive

So I am soon going to be driving from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. The drive is long, and will most likely be boring, So I have come here to metafilter to ask if there are any natural features, roadside attractions, interesting things I can stop and see along my route.
posted by bthrbt on Jul 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Driving to Billingsgate (I curse too much)

I curse when I drive. Terrible language and the most irritated inflection. It needs to stop because I am in danger of linguistically poisoning my toddler. Unfortunately, I live in an area (Metro Boston) where the roads are crowded and people pride themselves on driving like self-centered monsters. Please give me techniques to (most importantly) stop swearing and also stop appearing apoplectic.
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 9, 2010 - 66 answers

I can't seem to Nuke from Orbit!

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]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Curse my sister for living 11 hours away!

Tell-me-what-I'll-need filter: I'm going to be making an 11 hour drive, alone, and all in one day, then a couple days later I'll turn around and do the whole thing in reverse to get back home. I've never made so long a drive by myself before and need suggestions to make it as . [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jun 22, 2010 - 63 answers

USB Thumb Drive as MP3 Player?

Hello! I'm looking for a simple solution to turn my 64GB USB Thumb Drive into a portable MP3 player. Nothing fancy, simple display, controls, and small screen. I have Microsoft Sync in my new car, and a laptop that I travel with. Seems like it would be easy to keep all my mp3s on one thumb drive and take it with me rather than having multiple copies floating about on all devices. There used to be an old Lexar & I believe a Sandisk product that allowed for this. Anyone aware of anything more recent or that supports all 64GB? Thank you in advance. PS. My USB drive is not one of those fancy encrypted ones, so it works in every device I've tried it in.
posted by hussmanne on Jun 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Commuting-When is it worth it?

I’m considering applying for a job that would significantly lengthen my commute and want to know how to weigh the pros and cons and get some feedback about whether it is worth it. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Upgrading an Inspiron 9300 hard drive.

Question on upgrading my getting-on-ancient Dell Inspiron 9300's hard drive - what kind of drive do I need, and is there an actual limit to what I can throw in it? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Still hoping against hope...

How is the metadata stored for image files, and what is involved in recovering it after drive failure? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jun 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Dead drive DIY hardware-level data recovery?

Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 3, 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

Tips for passing road test.

Help me ace my road test next week (and boost my confidence). [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on May 24, 2010 - 15 answers

to blink or not to blink, that is the question

are new (beginning) drivers taught to use turn signals? if so, is turn signal use required by law? [more inside]
posted by msconduct on May 20, 2010 - 31 answers

Which Whip should I Wish for? (Help me choose my next car)

My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Advocate, I on May 12, 2010 - 24 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

What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?

I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Vista doesn't recognize iPhone as a drive - won't sync

Windows Vista no longer recognizes my iPhone 3Gs as a drive and I can't sync with iTunes. When I connect the phone it appears in the iTunes sidebar but no longer appears as a drive in Windows. My phone says it's syncing (set to manual, not automatic) but nothing syncs. So far I've tried: changing the USB cable and ports, reinstalling iTunes, hard booting computer and phone, and installing new iPhone driver. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by carriest on Apr 25, 2010 - 2 answers

How long does hard drive last?

How long does hard drive last? [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam on Apr 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files

Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear". [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Storing my fotos

I recently bought a new 1TB external hard drive to store my microscopy images. What is the best way to partition and index the drive so that I can easily store and access thousands of images? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 31, 2010 - 9 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

Hard Drive Stolen: How to tell if it was copied?

External hard drive stolen, then recovered. Can I tell if its contents were viewed/downloaded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Mar 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Replacing a failing hard drive

Can I easily replace a failing hard drive in a desktop? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Mar 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Average lifespan of LaCie d2 Quadra?

My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Removing iMac Glass

Replacing iMac (2008/aluminum) Hard Drive. What's the best way to remove glass front held in by magnets? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Suggestion on route from Kansas City to San Jose?

I will be driving from Kansas City to San Jose in March 2010. Can anyone suggest your preferred route and stops? [more inside]
posted by andryharyanto on Mar 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me transfer DVD movies to a thumb drive!

Would like to watch my DVD movies on my netbook. How do I transfer these movies to a thumb drive or memory card? Step by step instructions would be much appreciated as I tried Googling this and there was so much various information on what types of programs to use and why it was confusing. Gracias!
posted by MsKim on Mar 4, 2010 - 11 answers

USB Wireless adapter + External HD = Wireless HD?

Before I partake in a spree at Newegg, I'd like to know: Can I plug a USB wireless adapter like this one into the back of an external hard drive, then access the hard drive with my laptop over my wi-fi network?
posted by judomadonna on Feb 19, 2010 - 5 answers

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