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What to see in Ireland?

Driving through the northern half of Ireland next week, does anyone have any suggestions on castles, sights, breweries, or distilleries that we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by Grither on May 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Please help two drives co-exist

SATA I or II? Hopefully very simple question about hard drives [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on May 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Backubuntu

What's the best backup solution for (Ubuntu) Linux? I need a backup as complete as possible of a home directory of ~10+ GB, nightly, etc. I have two large external USB 2.0 drives for the purpose... [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Bridge and an external drive?

Tools > Photoshop > Batch... doesn't work when the selected files in Bridge are on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on May 17, 2008 - 1 answer

Mid forties male, no libido. What now?

I seem to have lost all my libido (sex-drive). Mid-forties male, not health related. Advice? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by lndl on May 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Identify this car part!

Please identify this part pulled from a car. [more inside]
posted by kaozity on May 4, 2008 - 11 answers

May I please pay you for new license plates?

The state DMV won'’t let me renew my registration on my current car because I owe property taxes on the old car. Is that legal? Can the state refuse to help me comply with one law if I am potentially violating another one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Hard drive pain.

Highly technical hard drive filter: My hard drive failed. Came home, and PC was sitting at the "where's my hard drive" BIOS screen, to my great horror. [more inside]
posted by gjc on Apr 27, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I treat my Canon IXUS as a removable drive/card reader?

How do I bypass Windows XP's digital camera photo download tool? Or to be more precise, how do I treat my Canon IXUS 75 as a card reader? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Apr 26, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the best external HD?

What kind of external hard drive should I buy? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Apr 20, 2008 - 27 answers

ATA-7 to replace ATA-6?

Can an ATA-7 hard drive be used as a replacement for an ATA-6 hard drive? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Apr 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Computer problems? Just reboot and return to out of box state.

I went to a community college and the computers they had were able to reimage them self each time you rebooted the computer. You could trash the whole OS and render it useless but when you turned it off and back on it was in an OOB state. Where can I find something like this? It would be perfect for work.
posted by KI6ILS on Apr 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Saving Private Data

Why can I see the file structure of an external Hard Drive, but not be able to read or copy any of the actual files? A friend of mine's computer crashed on him recently. He was able to boot up, but when the system tried to start Windows, he got a message saying that a certain necessary file was missing. He gave me the Hard Drive in an attempt to pull his important files off of it so he could reformat the drive and start anew. It is an SATA 3.5" drive for a desktop computer. I have attached it to my Windows XP SP2 laptop via a USB 2.0 to SATA cable. My computer recognizes the two partitions on the drive and mounts them accordingly. I can see the files on the drive. However, when I try to read or copy a file from the drive, I get a "Cannot Find the Specified File." error. What do I do?
posted by soy_renfield on Apr 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Partial PC DVD drive failure

Why won't the DVD player in my computer play legitimate DVD's? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Apr 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Long Drive from New York to Nashville

Driving from Laguardia to Nashville. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy on Mar 25, 2008 - 12 answers

FAT3000?

I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Using a camera as a card writer in XP. Possible?

How do I mount a digital camera as a writable drive (to the SD card) in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 13, 2008 - 7 answers

Help creating an autorun file for external drive

I have a big external USB hard drive with three partitions for infrequently used files and backup. I was wondering what kind of file to make to have it automatically open a folder showing the drive when I power on the device and not ask me what I'd like to do with each of the other drives. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Feb 21, 2008 - 7 answers

BIOS doesn't recognise drive but Windows does!

Trying to install a new optical drive in an old laptop. Windows recognises it, but the BIOS does not! [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Feb 9, 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

How long does a 7 Pass US DoD 5220 method take?

How long will it take to do a 7 pass US DoD 5220 Compliant data wipe on a 120 GB Hard Drive? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Feb 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me connect a 20 yr old hard drive.

Old Computer Filter: I was cleaning out a few boxes the other day from my closet and found my ST-251-1 MFM drive that I had in my first IBM based PC. It had a whopping 40MB. Even though I know it may not boot up after all this time, I still can't help but wonder if it will and would love a chance to see a snapshot of what I was doing computer-wise in 1986. Does anyone in the Hivemind know if there is an adapter/card/whatever to plug an old MFM drive into IDE or USB?
posted by damiano99 on Feb 1, 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

NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter

NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter: I've got a 500 gig that won't show up in Windows XP. Help! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 29, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the best portable and self-contained PIM (Personal Information Manager) I can run on my USB stick / thumb drive?

I need to find a way to keep all of my various bits of information handy in one application on my USB drive - things like notes, to-do lists, addresses and project information - and would be very grateful for any recommendations or help you can give me :) ! I'm happy to pay for the right software so paid or free options would both be great. What I'm looking for is something that is... - Self contained: must run on, or from, the USB stick and not* require a webserver or apache to work (browser-based apps are fine if they meet this criteria) - Easy to use - Secure (a login would be ideal) - Searchable - Has checklists for my to-do items - Has the ability to write freeform text for project info / notes Do you know of a portable PIM or similar application that would fit the bill? A huge thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out :)! * Web servers, wiki's and Wordpress (so many w's!) are out of the question sadly since my work computer is in serious IT lockdown and I can't even change the apache port.
posted by katala on Jan 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Is my biological clock attached to a sex bomb?

One often hears about the mid-thirties "sexual peak" for women. I have some questions about that. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jan 22, 2008 - 23 answers

Back to The Grind

Every night at 12:10AM, the brand new primary hard drive in my computer begins grinding away for a duration of 10-60 seconds. Why? [more inside]
posted by Danelope on Jan 14, 2008 - 12 answers

external hard drive erased when plugged in after a fresh xp install!!!

short history: I started to get blue screens on my outdated laptop so I decided to just buy a new one. My new laptop came, I installed a fresh version of xp, rebooted, and plugged my old external in. I got the "Installing drivers for you new hardware" bubble in the task bar then after opening the external drive none of my files were there, but there was the four following: clean (Windows nt command script) install (folder ) windows (folder.. with a windows installation I didn't do!) $$ rename (text document) 230 gigs gone :( The only thing I can think of is the initial blue screens on my OLD laptop were caused by a virus that had infected my external drive? This had all my school notes, notes on books I've read, photos, backups of my old laptops partitions, all that kind of stuff from the past 3 years. I'm feeling kinda, sick, pissed off, and am wondering what the crap could have happened? Any help on this one would be VERY appreciated.
posted by debu on Jan 11, 2008 - 17 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

Small Form Fact PC needed in my living room

I am tired of the P4 Intellistation that picked out of the trash. For some reason all my hard disks keep breaking. I am really tired of having to constantly open up my computer and buying new disks. I'm in the market for a cheap, small Linux PC that can stream HD content over the network. Is there such a thing? Kind of like a Mac mini but not so expensive or powerful. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Dec 5, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I troubleshoot an external drive that won't mount?

External firewire drive was working fine with Mac laptop, now won't mount. I hear it make its usual startup noises and then I feel it spinning happily, but the OS can't see it. I've tried lots of troubleshooting steps (list inside); can you think of others I should try? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 3, 2007 - 9 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

Help me do a brain transplant on my Mom's PC.

How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another? Confused by posts I've found. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Nov 26, 2007 - 8 answers

How to shoot an 18000 frame time lapse?

I want to turn a 10 hour drive into a 10 minute time lapse video. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny on Nov 25, 2007 - 19 answers

enclosure for 2.5in and 3.5in drives?

Is there such a thing as a hard drive enclosure that supports both SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives? [more inside]
posted by advil on Nov 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Help with TestDisk - Recoving LaCie Hard Drive

My LaCie 500 GB external hard drive is being uncooperative today - its main partition was deleted somehow. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just plugged it in and Windows saw it as a blank disk. Although I see the lost partition in TestDisk, repeated attempts to recover it have proved to be fruitless. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper on Nov 20, 2007 - 7 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

Sturdiest USB drive?

Please recommend the sturdiest USB drive around. Assume that I am rougher on these things than Bigfoot. [more inside]
posted by portabella on Nov 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Drive distopia

Vista disk space filter: What's eating 190 GB on my computer? [more inside]
posted by gavia on Nov 3, 2007 - 8 answers

What's wrong with Ludwig's Van?

Help me figure out what's wrong with my old crappy van. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I accurately determine which drive is actually failing?

One of my hard drives threw a SMART error last night, but the symptoms are inconsistent with the self-diagnosis. What is the best way to do further testing? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Oct 31, 2007 - 9 answers

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about?

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Oct 29, 2007 - 7 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 to wipe a dead hard drive?

How to wipe a dead hard drive? After backing up my data to a recently purchased external drive, it promptly failed (and produced a horrible, burning electronics odor). As I'm still within the 14 day return policy, I shouldn't have any trouble returning it. However: I want to wipe all of my personal data from the drive first. How to do that with a drive that won't mount? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Oct 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Driving Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in 3 weeks?

I am in the early stages of planning a trip from England to Australia and am looking at driving from Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in March/April 2008. I have visited 40 USA States so am no stranger to driving thousands of miles. I normally simply use a hire car but feel that Australia would probably require at least a 4WD. A Motorhome is always a possibility but would rather stay in Motels. I see that between Perth and Uluru there are settlements named Northam, Merredin, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Laverton, Warakurna and Kaltukatjara. Anyone know if these settlements have Motels or Hotels? [more inside]
posted by Spannerman8 on Oct 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me find reliable external storage

What 500Gb+ external HDD should I buy? Quietness, coolness, and reliability are a priority. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Oct 24, 2007 - 20 answers

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive??

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive?? [more inside]
posted by katala on Oct 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive?

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by whatisish on Oct 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Learning to live with craptacular.

Will my data transfers stop timing out if I upgrade my laptop's DVD-RW drive? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 16, 2007 - 1 answer

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