I have a laptop that I want to sell. How do I format the hard drive but still keep the OS system. I don't have any software disk or floppy. I want to the computer to be like when I opened it the first day.
posted by Noodles
on Jul 4, 2011 -
I am trying to make hard cider and am having issues.
It has fermented for two weeks steadily and burbled the airlock nicely.
But no change in gravity reading and no taste of booze.
I don't understand. If there was gas release then the yeast was active.
I had this happen last time too. I introduced yeast twice, watched air action, etc.
I make beer and wine but am about to give up on something that should be easy but is inexplicably diff.
posted by kturner
on May 3, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
HardWaterFilter: My mother is frustrated because she now has to soak her dishes in lime-away to get them as clean as they used to get in the dishwasher. She believes this is because the amount of phosphates in diswashing soap has recently been lowered. She is on well water and it is pretty hard water. Is there anything she can do to get her dishes clean in the dishwasher again? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie
on Nov 29, 2010 -
How do I format an external hard drive so that it can be used on both a PC and a Mac ... DUMMIES version ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah
on Nov 9, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
Breaking up with a boyfriend who seems to be getting increasingly removed from reality, and is almost guaranteed not to accept the breakup? I'm preoccupied with thoughts of how this could get worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 25, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
External hard drive stolen, then recovered. Can I tell if its contents were viewed/downloaded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 29, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is it possible to recover a failing hard drive, when it's making a clicking sound? Is there a cheap way? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh
on Feb 4, 2010 -
I want a wireless hard drive that has a usb slave function so that I can link it manaully to both my laptop and tv, and also back up movies/pics wirelessly to the drive.
I've looked around and something like this is difficult to buy (I had to return a bufallo media station becuase it was USB master). Can anyone recommend something please
posted by jatinder37
on Feb 2, 2010 -
Can anyone recommend me a trustworthy UK-based data recovery company of whom you have first-hand positive experience? [more inside]
posted by skylar
on Jan 6, 2010 -
How can I recover anything off this hard drive that fails low level scans at 86%? [more inside]
posted by patrad
on Dec 24, 2009 -
My Iomega external hard drive died... Any chance of getting it going again? Or getting the drive(s) out and into another case? [more inside]
posted by rleamon
on Dec 4, 2009 -
Dual-bay SATA Enclosures! Which ones let me copy from one drive to the other on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Nov 28, 2009 -
iMac drives failing - first external, then internal. Seems to be hardware in both cases. Questions about troubleshooting or replacement inside. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee
on Oct 29, 2009 -
I need a hard case for my Motorola S9-HD Wrap Around Headphones. They came with a cloth pouch, but I need something solid to protect the headphones from being crushed while in my bag. [more inside]
posted by intrigued
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Are there any hard drive enclosures for 3.5" form HDs that can be powered off a USB port alone? (ie, without additional AC plug) [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus
on Oct 17, 2009 -
until today, my laptop wont read and open up my external hard drive. i haven't unplugged it without safely removing it or anything either.
it also makes this constant tapping noise, like the sound of a tap dripping. (which it never used to make)
does anyone know what i can do to make my laptop find my external or fix it?
posted by sockpim
on Sep 5, 2009 -
Help me find a good box to transport a projector, laptop, cables and power cords in, preferably with wheels etc. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal
on Jul 16, 2009 -
500GB internal SeaGate hard drive disappears from Windows, Linux, and the BIOS. What can I try before I pay to have the data recovered? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50
on Jul 3, 2009 -