I'm looking for route ideas and places to stop for a week-long driving trip from San Francisco CA to Vancouver BC, that stays east of I-5. I want to do some back country hiking and hit some hot springs along the way. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on May 20, 2006 -
Does this device exist: standalone video player with a builtin harddrive, component video outs, menu system & remote, ethernet/wifi. Does not rely on computer in the house. Can be turned off/made silent like a normal device when I'm not using it. But when it's on I can watch shows and movies I've transferred to it over the network without excessive hacks-- hopefully it can decode most common video formats and play in HD if necessary. Does not need video in--I don't want a recorder. [more inside]
posted by neustile
on May 16, 2006 -
Gah! The monitor on my Dell laptop decided to die last night. I could really use the files on my hard drive right about now. Where can I take it? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder
on May 7, 2006 -
Where is the cheapest place to get about 1000, 256mb USB thumb drives imprinted (not just a sticker) with my company logo made?
posted by banished
on Apr 10, 2006 -
DrivingFilter: I want to learn to drive - should I take a short trip somewhere cheap and do an intensive course? [more inside]
posted by spiff101
on Apr 3, 2006 -
What is the best software program for encrypting certain folders on an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead
on Mar 31, 2006 -
Windows XP crashes whenever it accesses a specific file. The problem: I don't know what file it is. What would cause such a serious error and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott
on Feb 18, 2006 -
I need to find people who can recover data from a broken hard-drive (featured previously here
I am in London (London, England that is) but Googling brings up such an array of hits I don't know how to choose. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi
on Feb 8, 2006 -
LAPTOP HELP!? I have an alienware laptop, whose warrenty just expired and am now having problems with the removable cd/dvd reader burner. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros
on Jan 25, 2006 -
A little help please in getting my computer to fully recognize an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe
on Jan 21, 2006 -
Someone who shall remain nameless put my Sandisk Cruzer Mini USB drive through the washer. It's one of the groovy ones with rubberised slipcases, and it's still working. What are these things made of? Will it rust? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on Jan 16, 2006 -
How can I access my hidden external Hard Drive data? PLEASE HELP or I might have to cry my ass off, and that's harder than it sounds [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean
on Jan 12, 2006 -
I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Elpoca
on Jan 5, 2006 -
I'm trying to boot the Mac OS X Intel installer CD from a hard drive partition (I have no DVD drive). I used dd to write the ISO to /dev/sda6, and I configured grub to boot from it. But grub won't boot it. [more inside]
posted by jbb7
on Jan 5, 2006 -
My Dell-to-Dell hard drive transplant has been rejected, and I'm baffled. [more inside]
posted by raider
on Dec 27, 2005 -
What's the best overland route between Salt Lake City, UT and Orlando FL?
A friend has just moved out of state for work, and he needs me to drive his car out for him. So I'm hopping in the car early Friday morning and driving from Salt Lake City to Orlando... MORE INSIDE [more inside]
posted by silusGROK
on Dec 23, 2005 -
H2OFilter: Laptop disaster! The cat spilled a vase-full of water on the keyboard of my Dell Latitude C800 laptop. I managed to avoid getting the thing completely drenched, but the machined did shut down immediately, unprompted. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy
on Dec 16, 2005 -
I have a 60gig Photo Ipod. In order to keep my computer's hardrive relative clean, I do not keep my MP3's stored in the Itunes library. All 9500 are strictly on my IPOD. I know I run the ris of losing all that upload work should my ipod get lost or break, but it was by choice. I recently bought a 250 gig external hard drive for the sole purpose of keeping all of my MP3's and important computer files on there....What I want to do and havent been able to figure out is, how could I go about transferring all the MP3 files from my IPOD to my computer and then to the external drive. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Firewire and Windows XP:
I bought an external Firewire Drive on Ebay. When I plug it into a PC, it's not recognized, and the driver search does not go well. Similarly, if I start up my Powerbook G4 as a Firewire device, and hook it to my PC, Windows is again puzzled. What can I do to help Win XP succesfully work with these devices? Or should I send back the drive and pick my Firewire devices more carefully? [more inside]
posted by weston
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I am turning to the Meta community for help since I am at a loss on how to answer this question. A good friend of mine has suddenly lost a lot of data from an external drive that he keeps on all the time. He has a Western Digital 320GB drive that stores mostly live recording of the DMB. The drive reads as 298GB total size and 78GB free space, but the only folder on the external is showing that there is only 123GB of data being stored (therefore ~98GB of data is missing). He has searched the drive for the folders but they are not showing up.
Any idea of what could have happened to his files? Also, would it be safe to shut down the external (since its always on) and see if that fixes the problem?
posted by Number27
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Is there a cable I can purchase that will connect an old hard drive (i.e. the one I just removed from my old computer before donating it) and my new computer, preferably with a USB interface? I'm mainly interested in making sure there are no useful files on it before I destroy it. I run WinXP, if it matters.
posted by docpops
on Dec 5, 2005 -
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 -
Best external hard drive for backing up & additional storage for a Powerbook G4 with OS X 10.4? [more inside]
posted by cahlers
on Nov 30, 2005 -
I just accidentally knocked my Lacie firewire external 250 GB hard drive on to the carpeted floor.
When trying to reconnect the drive, upon turning it on, it makes a sort of siren like sound.... am I screwed? Or is there a chance that this data will survive?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.... Thanks.
posted by Gankmore
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Is there any Windows XP utility that will tell me what program is accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by crazyray
on Nov 23, 2005 -
So I thought for certain the hard drive on my old desktop G4 was dead. Upon startup, I was getting the "whirr CLICK whirr CLICK whirr CLICK whirr CLICK" sound, followed by the flashing question mark on my screen. Out of frustration, I gave the HD the ol' Fonzie: I whacked it good three or four times. I am now typing this on said computer. What happened? [more inside]
posted by item
on Nov 21, 2005 -
I screwed up and plugged the wrong power supply into a hard drive enclosure. After the sickly smell of fried electronics wafted up to my nose, I freaked out, unplugged everything, and disassembled the enclosure. The electronics controlling the enclosure? All fine. The hard drive, not so much. One of the IC's on the drive's controller PCB is fried. My question -- is this normal design for a hard drive enclosure? It seems to me that if the enclosure recieves incorrect voltages, it would be common sense to design some failsafe idiot-proofing to keep said incorrect voltages from reaching and frying the drive. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa
on Nov 13, 2005 -
Hard Drive Upkeep: How are you keeping your hard drive(s) in tip top shape? [more inside]
posted by parma
on Nov 6, 2005 -
I've overfilled my laptop and want to move files to external drives. But moving keeps getting stopped for various reasons (and what the hell is a cyclic redundancy??) and I'm going nuts. Please send me your speed tips and procedure suggestions! The specifics: Toshiba satellite running windows xp; total c drive size 55.8gb, free space 12.6. External drives: f (in fat 32 which I'd like to reformat to ntfs) has a capacity of 152gb, and has only 66.1 free. Newest drive g (i've just formatted it to ntfs) has a capacity of 111gb, with 103 left after my abortive attempts to put an image disc of c on it. Thanks ... [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl
on Nov 1, 2005 -
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 -
I've taken the role as a graphic designer at a small company, and I also wear the IT hat sometimes. That being said, I'm more of a Mac Guru than (blech) XP. BUT, we have a small file server (40 GB, half full) of data we would like to backup nightly.
#1: What's a good tape drive (or other media) for that much data, with room to grow, of course.
#2: What software?
#3: What's a "typical" backup schedule. I'd prefer just to do incrementals, but how often to rotate tapes/etc...?
posted by Wiggo
on Oct 6, 2005 -
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 -
Where should I go next weekend? I live in Durham, NC and would like to keep the drive under two hours. Key points would include: really great B&B or eco-hotel (treehouse? massive windows looking outside?), great walks or cute town nearby, a body of water (lake, ocean, inlet) or nice woods, clean lines rather than frilly, or luxurious rather than old-lady-B&B. It would be great if you could recommend a specific place (Asheville is too far away for this weekend), or better yet, a specific hotel/B&B/inn. Pretend that money is no object, but I'd like to keep this under $200 a night (less is better) if possible; if a really unique place came up, I'd splurge. [more inside]
posted by fionab
on Sep 18, 2005 -
My work computer's motherboard crashed and fried itself. My IT guy was able to salvage the hard drive, which is now an external hard drive, but the major program that I need from it has not been running. Could the move into the external hard drive shell have damaged the program? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne
on Aug 30, 2005 -
I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur
on Aug 11, 2005 -