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Ipod Hard Drive Replacement Fail!

Just put a new hard drive in my 5G Ipod. It's sort of working but sort of not. Should I return the hard drive? Is my Ipod finally toasted? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jun 23, 2009 - 9 answers

What are the pitfalls of installing my OS on a 1TB hard drive?

Due to a virus corrupting my USB drivers, I've been thinking about a fresh WinXP install. But I'm thinking of getting a 1TB hard drive (my current one is 250). My question is, are there any potential pitfalls in having a HD that is so big? Other than the fact that it might fail six months in and I lose a large chunk of stuff. The reason why I want a huge HD is that I like the feeling that I don't have to worry about all the crap I might put on my desktop, or how many videogames I want to install.
posted by Sully on May 25, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the best way of backing up video recorded on SDHC cards?

What is the best way of backing up video recorded on SDHC cards? Is it possible to upload data from a SDHC card to an external hard drive without a computer? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on May 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Why does my File Browser keep opening?

There are currently 4 File Browsers open on my desktop, all displaying either the contents of my external hard drive or the folder where it's mounted (/media/). I didn't open them—they just showed up. This morning when I woke up there was 40+ File Browser windows open of the same. Another window just opened; it seems to occur at random intervals. I'm running Ubuntu Linux 8.10, wtf is causing this? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Treating Hard Water

What product is effective in doing dishes in hard water?
posted by page123 on Mar 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Best hard drive practice?

Is CHKDSK actually any good? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Mar 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Apple Says It Should Copy ... Why Won't It?

Why Can't I Copy My iTunes Library to an External Drive? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat on Mar 3, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I stop windows from taking over my portable hard drive

I have a portable usb hard drive that I use for keeping all my documents / backups on. Windows seems to love using this drive for everything, for example I am installing IE7 from windows update, and it is using the drive to hold all the temporary files during the install. Because of this the drive is always in use and I can never eject it. [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Data Storage Appliance

Anyone own one of these? MvixBOX. I'm wondering if it lived up to your expectations.
posted by Area Control on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Hard water stains

How do you clean hard water rust stains from plastic and rubber? The fridge front door where you get water and ice has nasty brown stains on the rubber levers and plastic drip tray.
posted by hardbop on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Hard drive fails SMART status.

What to do about a hard drive failure? Disk Utility says my SMART status is failing. [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Jan 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle reduce its life?

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle significantly reduce its life? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Dec 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Portable Media Centre

I've just bought an external hard drive for carrying around my music, movies, and pictures. Is there a portable media centre program I could also put on it? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Dec 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Can a drive that is encrypted with software-based full disk encryption be cloned?

Can a drive that is encrypted with software-based full disk encryption be cloned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

What did I do wrong?

So I was trying to install a slave drive into an old Gateway box and now it won't see the OS. Help! (Long, confusing story ensues) [more inside]
posted by peewinkle on Dec 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Maybe i'll just get drunk on apple wine.

I love this song by Dolly, but what exactly is a "Hard Candy Christmas"?
posted by Ugh on Dec 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Windows n00b needs help explaining how computer is formed.

Windows Illiteracy Filter. Help me help my mother via long-distance to understand the difference between memory and hard disk storage, and how to access information on her Windows XP machine that will tell her how much memory she has, if there are any empty slots, what type of memory her computer requires, and how large her hard drive is, including used/available space stats. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Nov 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Running short on cache?

Hard drive issues: Frequently when I attempt to open a folder on my Windows Vista partition I will have to wait 5 seconds or so for the drive to spin up (I hear it). Is there some way I can fix my cache or otherwise set up the drive so that it doesn't need to spin up every time I access files on my root drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Nov 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Problems Swapping HDD into new MBP!

Why am I having problems changing my new MacBook Pro's hard drive? [more inside]
posted by brandoniain on Nov 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Can my Macbook hard drive be revived?

Is my Macbook hard drive dead? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Nov 5, 2008 - 9 answers

La Cie external drive failure

Mac, Leopard, La Cie external hard disk drive spins but does not mount. What's my best option for getting data off this drive? [more inside]
posted by gen on Nov 2, 2008 - 21 answers

How should I prepare my Mac before selling it?

What are all the things I should do to prepare an old iBook of mine before I sell it to another person (who I don't know and isn't related to me)? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Oct 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320?

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Oct 25, 2008 - 13 answers

swapping controller cards, voiding warranty?

Can I temporarily swap out the controller board on my seagate hard drive without voiding the warranty? [more inside]
posted by grandsham on Oct 23, 2008 - 5 answers

New system, Old HD?

New computer, how do I keep the old programs? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 22, 2008 - 8 answers

I want to recycle and be secure!

iMac G5--how do I wipe the drive prior to recycling? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

interfacing hard drives

my dad has a dell laptop and has recently replaced the hard drive, how would he retrieve info(e.g. pix) off of the old hard drive and onto some other type of storage device, flash card or such. are there places near burlington, WA that can do this?
posted by docmccoy on Sep 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What do you do when you don't want to buy more fancy Apple drives?

Older Apple Hardware Filter: My Google-fu has failed me. Anyone have some resources on/experience with replacing Apple-branded SATA drives in a G5 XServe with non-Apple-branded ones? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Sep 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Hard Drive Purgatory

The Last-External-Hard-Drive-I-Ever-Buy is stuck between heaven and hell. Can anyone please help me figure out how to rescue it? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this?

MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by kenliu on Aug 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Cloning a laptop hard drive

Replacing my laptop's hard drive. I think I've almost got it but have some questions about the cloning process. [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Aug 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Data Recovery for an External Hard Drive Crash

My external hard drive just crashed so can anyone suggest a Portland, OR, based data recovery service?
posted by tangyraspberry on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Thinkpad hard disk trouble

Is my thinkpad hard disk controller dead? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Aug 23, 2008 - 5 answers

My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer.

My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Aug 19, 2008 - 9 answers

External hard drive problem with XP

Can I get my WD external hard drive back to the way it was? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Man Attempting to Move Leopard

Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Instant search solution for an external hard drive?

Is there a desktop search solution that will index my external hard drives? So far I have had no luck with Google Desktop search.
posted by greenknightwatch on Aug 16, 2008 - 9 answers

help me see if this is a good deal

Can you tell me if this is a good harddrive and a good deal? Or even better, how would you go about finding out if its good? Thanks. From dealnews: Seagate 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Internal Hard Drive + $8 s&h ZipZoomfly.com cut its price on the Seagate 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST31000340AS, to $149.99. With about $8 for shipping, that's a $10 drop since last week and the lowest total price we've seen for this drive. This drive features a 32MB cache (more than most) and runs at 7200 rpm.
posted by irie1972 on Jul 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Dual external hard drive recovery

I have a Fantom Drive 500GB 7200RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - MDU500. The connection for the power cable came loose from the board and nothing I tried could get it to power up. I removed the drives and connected them to a Linux box running Ubuntu 8.04. It saw the two drives as one and even knew the drive name I'd given it. However I cannot get it to mount. The error message in Linux suggests trying SoftRAID or dmraid. Dmraid didn't work. (At least I couldn't get it to.) The message also suggested trying to access the drives in Windows. Windows XP will also see the drive as one unit but wants to format the drive. Can someone provide me some advice or direction in how I might get this drive to a state where I can move my data onto another drive? [more inside]
posted by s1gn1fy on Jul 24, 2008 - 5 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

G-tech or Western Digital Hard Drives

I am looking to buy 2 1T drives. I'm doing some final cut work but mostly for media storage. I'm looking at the Western Digital 1 TB My Book Premium Edition II Triple Interface ($236) and the G-Tech Q drive which retail at $445. That's almost twice the price of the western digital. [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Jun 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Animator in need of assistance

Halp! Need advice on a storage solution for a man with media! [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome on Jun 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Save my data before the disk asplode

My external hard-drive's on the fritz. What can I do to make sure I get all my data off it before it goes? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jun 3, 2008 - 5 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

Hints on diagnosing HD failure

SATA Hard disk , suddendly not spinning up. No click of death, no sign of expected failure. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Apr 29, 2008 - 12 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

Loooking for large hard drive

I am looking for a large volume external hard drive. 1tb or more. I hear that drives of that size are not yet reliable. I will be digitizing my music collection and want to store it on a reliable drive. Any recommendations or experiences? Also how can I take care of this drive so it will last forever or almost forever?
posted by citybuddha on Apr 27, 2008 - 14 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

Why, oh why, RAID5 doest thou split and die?

Help me make sense of my wonky RAID-5 failure. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Apr 20, 2008 - 5 answers

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