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Data recovery

I'm seeking recommendations for hard drive data recovery... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Jul 5, 2005 - 16 answers

Safely Storing Mp3 Files

I have over 20,000 mp3 (legal) files, which I want to be stored safely for decades to come, and I'm looking for deviece suggestions. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE on Jun 9, 2005 - 40 answers

Can I mount my iPod's hard drive to a computer?

My [mac-formatted] iPod seems to have died but a friend of mine is convinced that he can resurrect the hard drive if we can mount it to a machine. We've disassembled the iPod (3rd generation) and removed the hard drive (Toshiba MK1504GAL, 15GB 1.8-inch embedded HDD, 50-pin) and now I'm planning to buy a Slimline CDROM to Desktop IDE Adapter to connect the little drive to a desktop enhanced IDE 40-pin connector. Has anyone successfully done anything like this? Is this total insanity?
posted by go vegan on Jun 7, 2005 - 4 answers

Laptop Reformatting

I just got a new used laptop, and it has a lot of error messages showing up, so I want to completely clean it up before I start using it. Is it better to use the manufacturer's Quick Restore discs (Compaq), or to reformat the HD completely and install an operating system clean? [more inside]
posted by ruwan on May 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Free S.M.A.R.T. app?

I need a free S.M.A.R.T. drive diagnostic app that will run in my systray and poll my drive every so often and warn me if there are problems. I've found a few but nothing free. Come on, there's gotta be at least one. WinXP.
posted by skallas on May 18, 2005 - 5 answers

External Hard Drive Failure

Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working? [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on May 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Mac OS9 HD Crash

I'm a pc guy, but my friend's imac hard-drive has crashed. I managed to salvage the entire drive on a dvd, but otherwise it's been rendered inoperable. So, my question: can I just copy the appropriate folders (keeping directory structure) from the dvd to the new (essentially empty) drive and have everything work as before? Can I do this for specific software, such as outlook (all saved emails lost!) or word? Or do I have to to a manual re-install of all software, export of emails, etc., as any self-respecting pc would require. Mac OS 9.22
posted by pinto on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Need help with a grouchy ATA/133 PCI card

I am trying to install a second internal hard drive (180 gig) to my Power mac G4. I had very little trouble initially, and stupidly (please be gentle) moved much of my data over to the new drive immediately without rebooting and making sure everything would work after a restart. On restart, the dreaded missing harddrive question mark icon flashed... [more inside]
posted by getupandgo on May 8, 2005 - 10 answers

G3 Blue and White Hard Drive

I've got a hard drive out of my old G3 Blue and white that, for unrelated reasons, ain't workin right now. I've also got a G4 Ibook, and recently I've determined that I need some files from that hard drive. Is there any sort of adapter kit or cable set or something that would let me hook up the old G3 drive to my Ibook and access the files stored on it?
posted by TeamBilly on May 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Setting up my new HDD

What should I do with my new hard drive? [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha on Apr 21, 2005 - 11 answers

recover Hard Drive Data

Can someone suggest a cheap and reliable place to recover data off my hard drive? I crushed a pin(IDE) in the 40-pin area and it broke off from the circuit board. AND for some reason my drive doesn't even spin when its plugged into the power source. This was a fine drive, only a couple of months old, until this day when the pin got crushed.....any help will dooooo! [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Apr 19, 2005 - 4 answers

easter was 2 weeks ago..

Easter was 2 weeks ago...more or less. Wife made some hard-boiled eggs to color. Our 20 month old did her 1st real colored egg. How can we preserve it? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Apr 8, 2005 - 18 answers

Desperately seeking list of "hardest" email addresses

A while back, there was a funny little list of the hardest email addresses to communicate to someone else. I can't remember specifics, but things like: bobatyahoodotcom@gmail.com, etc. Anyone know where to find this list?
posted by provocateur on Mar 28, 2005 - 9 answers

Disappering hard drive...

I hate to use AskMe for tech support like this but this has me scratching my head. Ok this is the set up...G4 (AGP) has the stock drive(20GB) and a Maxtor 150Gb drive on a Sonnet PCI ATA/100 card. Sporadically, and I emphisise that word, the big drive will either not be recognized at all or not mount because the drive shows up as having 0 Bytes as the drive size. What is the cause? --> [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Mar 18, 2005 - 7 answers

Apple hard drive

I have an old iMac that I want to get rid of and I want to erase the hard drive before I give it to someone/recycle it. The computer is screwed up (battery died, long story), and the only way I can erase it is to go up to the "erase" option in the drop down menu. I did that, and it seemed to work. Then, I reinitialized the hard drive. Does this mean it's really erased completely, or is the info still on there?
posted by braun_richard on Mar 2, 2005 - 17 answers

How robust/durable are LaCie firewire drives?

How robust/durable are LaCie firewire drives? [+] [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Feb 7, 2005 - 14 answers

What are some real scientific areas that would make good fiction?

I have to write something fictional about science that involves REAL science (as opposed to fake science, i.e. "Star Wars"). Since I'm a non-science person, what are some areas of science that are full of good story possibilities? [Note: many people are already doing DNA and cloning.] Thanks!
posted by adrober on Dec 19, 2004 - 20 answers

How to make an updatable CD-Rom

Making an "updatable" CD-Rom (lots of linked, searchable pdfs/ docs) that needs to check the web for updated documents and download them to user's hard-drive, subsequently seamlessly showing data from HD/ CD as necessary. Any resources on coding said beast? Google-fu fails me. [more inside]
posted by Pericles on Dec 14, 2004 - 7 answers

Partitioning Failed - Partition Magic/RTools Error #1117

(Lost Data FIlter)
I attempted to partition my Maxtor 60 GB HDD earlier, while I had a 40 gb Maxtor external USB 2 drive plugged in. What I'm afraid happened is that when the computer rebooted, the drive letters change and Partition Magic 8 was going to work on the external drive.
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posted by Evstar on Nov 17, 2004 - 6 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

How can I save Java games for offline play?

You know those fun little addicting Java games on the web? Is there any way to snatch them out of whatever buffer they reside in, and save them to your hard drive for future offline play?
posted by mecran01 on Sep 14, 2004 - 3 answers

External Hard Drive Recommendations

I'm looking for an external hard drive that I will use to backup my personal computer. What should I buy? [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Aug 12, 2004 - 10 answers

best egg salad recipes?

Qs about hard boiled eggs and egg salad: a. What's your fave recipe for egg salad? b. how long do shelled hard-boiled eggs keep? c. is there a good formula for hard-boiling multiple eggs? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Mar 30, 2004 - 14 answers

Norton Ghost question

I have 100GB and 160GB hard drives in my XP computer. I tried using Norton Ghost to move the 100GB info to my latter drive, and it worked but with serious partition errors (windows not booting). I then moved a large amount of data to my 160, the 100 not really having changed. Everything in windows functions, but when I use Partition Magic 8 I get the following error: "Disk 1 appears to have partitions created using a different drive geometry (255h 63s original, 240h 63 current) You should back up...." etcetera. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Mar 7, 2004 - 2 answers

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