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Syncing libraries (iPhoto, etc.) between two Macs using External HD?

I am thinking of buying an external HD to store my iPhoto, iTunes, Lightroom, and possibly iMovie libraries so I can switch between my iMac and Macbook Air. Will this work? Thoughts, tips, caveats? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I find how large various files are?

I'm getting a new external hard drive to back up my desktop files. The original one I had the Apple guy configure. Now that I don't have an Apple guy, I want to see how much of an external hard drive I need. How do I find the size of following things? My songs in iTunes? My photos in iPhoto? My stuff in DropBox? And, if possible, the size of everything that is backupable that isn't related to apps and the OS. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

How to fix unresponsive Maxtor OneTouch external harddrive?

My Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external hard drive is no longer recognized by my computer. What should I do? (Besides cry) [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Dec 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Do latest-generation external hard drives work seamlessly?

I am considering buying a new Macbook Pro with a solid-state drive, but the drives built into the laptop do not offer enough storage for me. If I buy an external Thunderbolt hard drive, will the laptop be able to seamlessly play music and video from files stored on the hard drive, or is there likely to be an annoying lag? Apart from portability, are there any technical issues with relying on an external hard drive for primary storage and everyday use? I am a fairly ordinary but media-heavy user.
posted by eugenen on Jul 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Backup software copying entire contents of laptop *twice*!

I backed up the contents of my ASUS UL50VT laptop in 2011 to my Seagate external hard drive using their Memeo software. In 2012, I connected the Seagate again and ran a second backup, and it created a separate folder where it stored all the new files I'd gained since the previous time. So far, so good. Now when I try to back it up again, it has started from scratch--duplicating the entire contents of my 450 GB laptop to a third folder. I'm gonna use up all my hard drive space this way, stat. Any way to make it back up only the new files again, like it did before?
posted by manzanita on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

I've locked my keys in my hard drive

I've locked myself out of my external hard drive! Halp! [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Oct 16, 2012 - 6 answers

WATCH ALL THE MOVIES (on a kindle)

Can I hook up a Kindle Fire to an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Family data backup?

Family data backup: what is the best external HD and how do I set it up? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Mar 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Is an Internal or an External Drive Best For iTunes Playback?

Is there any reason why I shouldn't transfer my 200+ GB iTunes library from an external drive to the internal drive of my new MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Jan 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Need a linux and mac compatible external hard drive please!

I need help selecting an external hard drive that will work to backup a linux with some rather large files on it and still be usable with a mac for occasional data storage. I'd like it to be at least 2 TB and vaguely reasonable in price. I've tried just searching for a hard drive online, but there seems to be some Mac and Linux specific things (or at least used to be) that may cause me problems, so I thought I'd ask for some guidance.
posted by katers890 on Nov 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Need a new external hard drive

Need a new external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by Patbon on Nov 20, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I use my external harddrives from abroad?

I am going to be abroad for a while, 1-3mos, and I'd like to take my external hard drives with me to a place where they have different electrical outlet. Can I still access these drives without possibly destroying everything? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Oct 17, 2011 - 8 answers

She don't go.

Is my external hard drive history? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me get my PC backup to work on a Mac!

Can a MacBook, a Dell, and a Windows-format external hard drive play nice? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Reinstalled Windows, and now I can't read data from my external hard drive--please help!

Reinstalled Windows, and now I can't read data from my external hard drive--please help! I accidentally left my external hard drive plugged in while reinstalling Windows XP. When I noticed that it showed up on that screen where you choose how you want to partition your hard drives and where you want to install XP, I unplugged it. Then I partitioned my internal hard drive, formatted and reinstalled. I didn't format the external drive (to the best of my knowledge). [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

One time it duplicated every file in my library! For no reason!

I have a computer with way too much music on it, and I have an external hard drive. Can I store all my music on the external hard drive without making iTunes angry? Please explain as if I am twelve. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 26, 2011 - 14 answers

I have a hard disk, but nothing to enclose it.

Please help me find a reliable external Hard Disk enclosure. [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Apr 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Why did my HD catch fire?

I inserted a power cable into a hard drive and it caught on fire (started smoking and crackling). Now I'm paranoid about leaving my computer on. How often does this happen, and why? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Portable External Hard Drive

Can someone recommend a good, fast, robust 1TB Portable External Hard Drive. [more inside]
posted by freud on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm about to shoot my beautifully designed Lacie black box in frustration.

Is is REALLY possible to share an external harddrive over an xp network? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Dec 21, 2010 - 8 answers

How to retrieve data from an external hard drive, when it was the enclosure that went bad?

How to rescue data from two SATA drives housed in an external hard drive, where the drives seem to be OK - it was the enclosure that died? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Nov 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Best external hard drive for a Mac?

Which 1 to 2 TB external hard drive should I buy for an iMac? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Oct 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC

I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

iTunes/External Hard Drive Kerfuffle

My iTunes library is imperiled! Help me Metafilter, you're my only hope. [more inside]
posted by Rangeboy on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I connect wirelessly to my external harddrive?

Help me connect wirelessly to my external hard drive! [more inside]
posted by Philby on May 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Mac/Windows compatible external hard drive - no AC required

What external hard drive (at least 250 gigs) can I buy today in Vancouver, and where? Yes, this is similar to this question (just asked) but with some unique details. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Apr 16, 2010 - 16 answers

Restoring a Windows 7 System Image from an External Hard Drive

How do I restore a Windows 7 system image from an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Apr 1, 2010 - 1 answer

The layman's guide to data backup - please advise my next purchase!

The layman's guide to data backup - please advise my next purchase! 1. Google-eager but totally confused Newbie. 2. Budget limit $750. 3. Want some kind of system so that if one drive fails, another one will still keep everything. After a few days of research, the pool of information is just getting too big and murky. Please help me clear the fog... More info inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Feb 25, 2010 - 39 answers

Yo! The tunes are over there now!

I would like for Windows Media Player to play music from my external hard drive. My google-fu is typically strong, but apparently I don't have the vocabulary for this task. [more inside]
posted by wg on Dec 21, 2009 - 5 answers

backup --> iPod

Trying to get my music library from my external hard drive back onto my iPod while maintaining my sanity. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 15, 2009 - 21 answers

I'll show you not valid

Lightroom is not cooperating with my external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Sep 23, 2009 - 1 answer

External hard drive for Mac & Vista PC?

I need an external firewire hard drive for video editing on a Mac at university. Is there a product that will also let me access the footage stored when I'm at home on my Vista PC? [more inside]
posted by saileyn on Sep 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Hello, external harddrive? Can you hear me now?

How can I get my mac to recognize my external hard drive again? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi on Apr 25, 2009 - 16 answers

But this WAS my backup!

How can I repair any broken files resulting from power loss during defragmentation? It seems that most file recovery applications want to move everything to a new disk, but this is not a good option for me because I don't have any other drives large enough. I was using iDefrag on my terabyte (My Book) external hard drive. It had gotten almost 21 hours in, and somehow the power cable got unplugged and the battery died. To make a long story short, iDefrag can't see the disk at all, Disk Utility sees the hard drive but not any of the data or the partition itself, and verify and repair are not selectable. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Feb 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How should I go about using an external hard drive for Time Machine and other things?

I have a Macbook and a new external hard drive. I'd like to set up Time Machine, but I don't want to devote my entire new hard drive to back ups. I'm new to this, but I think I want to partition my drive- how do I go about doing that? And how large of a partition do I need for Time Machine? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Will my PS3 play nice with a networked hard drive?

How to use wifi, a PS3, and external hard drives to stream media to the tv? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Dec 22, 2008 - 17 answers

best/easiest way to backup a hard drive

What is the best/easiest way to backup my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Dec 19, 2008 - 18 answers

MyBook won't format

Why can't I format my new MyBook USB external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Aug 11, 2008 - 17 answers

Dual boot backup on external HDD.

What's the best way to setup a 500gb external hard drive to backup windows and linux? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 4, 2008 - 8 answers

External hard drive keeps waking up

Why does my external hard drive (OS X) keep spinning up? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Jul 7, 2008 - 15 answers

I overwrote a bunch of mp3 folders and need them back

I was transferring a lot of mp3 folders from my laptop (MacBook Pro) to an external hard drive (160 GB iomega) and overwrote some of the folders, losing a lot of mp3s in the process. Help! [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on May 4, 2008 - 8 answers

You want to see this e-mail with attachment? Ok, let me go check out your external drive for no reason before I fetch it.

Why does Microsoft Outlook insist on spinning up my external hard drive before letting me see any e-mail with attachments? [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Feb 23, 2008 - 7 answers

Photoshop cannot open cr2 and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive

I can no longer open a number of raw and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive. What's going on? Is my harddrive about to die? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Feb 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Can I run programs off of an external hard drive?

Can I run Microsoft Office (2003) off of an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl on Feb 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Young Pooterstein

I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by Huplescat on Dec 21, 2007 - 1 answer

A good external storage option for $100 and under?

What is a good external HD option for around $100 that focuses on reliability and capacity? Speed is unimportant and I am willing to use an enclosure/internal HD as an option. [more inside]
posted by Empyrean_72 on Nov 28, 2007 - 14 answers

How do I access an external firewire attached to a Mac Mini from my Mac Book?

I have an external firewire drive attached to a Mac Mini. I have enabled file sharing on the Mini and added the external drive as a shared folder. When I browse to the Mini over the network, I can access the internal hard drive but the external does not show up. Both Macs are running Leopard. How can I get it do show up?
posted by nivekraz on Nov 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Can you stop my USB Drive hating me?

I need to stop my external (USB) drive having a petulant fit (and hiding/refusing to play ball) on an annoyingly regular basis during normal service. How? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Oct 22, 2007 - 3 answers

Will airport x-ray machines damage an external hard drive?

Do airport x-ray machines damage external hard drives? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 28, 2007 - 7 answers

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