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Right way to format and partition an external HD in 2013

Best way to format/partition external HD for OS intercompatibility? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Apr 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Is my HD SOL?

I recently built a new PC and wanted to incorporate my WD green 1tb hard drive that contains my film collection. Many of these films were hard to obtain and would take a lot of time to replace. It is recognized in BIOS, but listed as 0GB? It is not recognized in Windows and I've tried all the standard troubleshooting methods...changing sata cables, ports, etc. It's definitely the drive :( [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Feb 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly

I'm looking for bus-powered portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly. Desired size is 1 terabyte. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Help my poor dead Mac?

Sooo...my newish MacBook Pro is dead and I have a question about whether or not I can salvage the HDD and stick it in the new MacBook Pro to save a whole world of time. [more inside]
posted by dance on Dec 30, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

200 GB in 1986?! Inconceivable!

How common were 200GB hard drives in the mid-1980s? Would institutions like the USGS have had access to them? Would general readers even have understood the term? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Feb 1, 2012 - 38 answers

How can I re-partition a hard drive connected by a USB enclosure when my system won't recognize it's connected?

How can I re-partition a 1.8" hard drive, connected to my laptop via a USB enclosure, when I can't get my computer to recognize that it's there at all? [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers on Jan 5, 2012 - 23 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

My server of streaming tears

I'd like to use a 2007 Macbook Pro + 2TB FW ext HD as a NAS setup, but the drive keeps falling asleep and slowing and causing video to hiccup. How can I prevent this and get smooth movie playback? [more inside]
posted by miomiomio on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT not slim) can handle?

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
posted by omaralareefi on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Optimizing an external hard drive

Let's say I want to buy a new external hard drive. I can pick a case with a particular interface (USB2/USB3/FW400/FW800/eSATA) and a mechanism with certain performance characteristics (RPM, latency, transfer rate, etc). Is there a straightforward heuristic that will tell me "if you're using interface X, don't bother buying a mechanism faster than Y."? [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Weird BSOD on Acer Aspire 3100 Laptop

Picking up Acer Aspire 3100 Notebook causes blue screen of death! [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Dec 31, 2010 - 1 answer

Wait, is that clicking? What do you mean boot disk not ready?

NERDS! It's that time of year again. I need some replacement HD's. Let's say Western Digital versus Seagate. Let's rap anecdotal and tell each other which brand is awesome and which we should never use again. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Apr 16, 2010 - 25 answers

Brand new computer slower than older one?

Brand new 13" MacBook Pro feeling sluggish and occasionally freezing. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Apr 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Are they just putting an 'Enterprise Grade' sticker on it and going for a different market segment?

Why does the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 cost almost twice as much as the 7200.12 for the same capacity? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Mar 19, 2010 - 12 answers

How to get back normal "disk check" behaviour on Windows XP startup? (seems broken, or there's something strange in the disk)

During Windows XP startup process, it keeps asking to press a key if I want to skip the disk check progress for the C drive. But if I let it check, it finds no errors at all. I do clean shutdown. Strange behaviour - how to restore normal one? [more inside]
posted by lion on Aug 29, 2009 - 2 answers

A Momentus Hard Drive Decision

Do any retailers have the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 hard drive in stock? If not, should I just give up and buy a 5400.6? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 20, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I remove music files not used in iTunes?

How can I delete music files that are no longer used in iTunes, but are still present on disk? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Jan 10, 2009 - 8 answers

How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?

Does it exist for consumer use? A storage device made by two (or more) twin synched separate hard disks, one for normal use and the other one for backup just in case something goes wrong? Or a software doing the same thing with two (or more) external hard disks? [more inside]
posted by lion on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I monitor a disc rewrite process in Ubuntu?

I'm using Terminal (Ubuntu 8.04x64) right now to overwrite a 500g external hd with random information. There's been no action aside from a blinking cursor (by itself on a line, not in front of any prompt) since I entered the command yesterday afternoon:
[sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdc bs=8m]

I understand it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, is there any way to monitor the progress of the operation?
posted by carsonb on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

How do I access my network storage from my new computer?

How can I access my WD MyBook World Network Storage Drive from my new (Ubuntu 8.04) computer now that my old (WinXP) box is dead dead dead? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2008 - 18 answers

DeadMacFilter: Will Target Disk mode screw up my healthy computer?

Dead hard disk on a G3 iMac. Seemingly healthy 2nd-hand G4 iMac. If I try to access data on the dead machine via target disk mode, is there a chance—any chance at all—that I could screw up the healthy machine? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Aug 3, 2008 - 7 answers

How best to respond to a bad sector?

Inconsistent information about bad sectors on a hard drive -- what's going on, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by puffin on May 20, 2008 - 14 answers

Speaker vs Hard Disk

I have an external firewire hard disk sitting on top on a powered monitor speaker on my desk here. Is this a terrible idea? Will it shorten the life of the drive? What's a safe distance? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant on May 9, 2008 - 8 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

Historical hard disk drive prices?

Are there any repositories of historical prices for hard drives? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Apr 13, 2008 - 5 answers

A->B instead of B->A?!?!?

How to recover from sync-ing a RAID 1 the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Feb 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Lazarus?

I still have hope for my dead HDD. How do I bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Feb 5, 2008 - 9 answers

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about?

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Oct 29, 2007 - 7 answers

File recovery from a formatted drive

How can I recover a file from an accidentally quick-formated laptop? [more inside]
posted by springload on Jul 10, 2007 - 8 answers

how to clone failing disk in RAID 0 array

One of the disks in my hardware RAID 0 system drive array is failing, but it's still booting for the moment. Is there any tool I can use to clone just the failing physical disk to another identical one? [more inside]
posted by nnovik on Jul 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Please save my subfactors!

Please help me save my master's thesis... [more inside]
posted by number9dream on May 17, 2007 - 7 answers

How to clone a harddrive?

I want to install a bigger hard drive to my laptop. How do I clone the current hard drive to the new one so I don't have to reinstall windows on the new disk? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on May 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Load Testing the Hard Disk on a Win2k Server.

Are there any utilities for windows that continuously read/write to a hard disk? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy on Mar 28, 2007 - 15 answers

XP unusably slow after STOP errors and running checkdisk - what's going on?

So it's come to this - I see no other option than to ask a "help me fix my PC" question. After some troubleshooting the STOP errors seem to have been resolved, XP now boots successfully but is excruciating slow to the point of being unusable. Details and specs below the fold. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 4, 2007 - 25 answers

Is it possible to use a USB hard disc enclosure with a CD-ROM?

Is it possible to use a USB hard disc enclosure with a CD-R/RW? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Feb 8, 2007 - 11 answers

How does Windows label hard disks?

How does Windows XP label hard disks? [more inside]
posted by Symeon on Dec 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Recommend a backup device for a Mac

I need a good 500GB backup device for a Mac - any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Dec 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Could turning on disk compression actually speed up disk access?

Could turning on hard drive compression actually speed up access on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Nov 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Backup Strategy and External HDD Resilience

Hello! I have a backup strategy, which I think is okay but I would like some advice on whether my use of the external hdd is sensible. A little [more inside]
posted by mooders on Oct 22, 2006 - 5 answers

Will somebody get this HDD to shut up already?!

How can I get my dad's computer's HDD to stop thinking constantly? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Oct 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Big downloads on firewire external disks?

OK, let's say I'd like to download this thing, but it's a 56 GB thing (well, it's a bunch of things, let's say, for educational purposes only, .par and .rar files). My hard disk is only 30 GB (about 11 GB of currently free space). But: I have a 250GB external drive (firewire) that I sometimes use to store stuff. Can I download the big file (it'll take, I guess, an entire day) straight on the external drive? Or is my Mac (G4) going to blow up for some reason? thanks!!!
posted by PenguinBukkake on Sep 6, 2006 - 23 answers

How bad a shape is my hard disk in?

When my hard drive started clicking, I backed it up. What now? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Sep 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Watch my harddrive

How can I watch what is being written to my hard-drive? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce on May 31, 2006 - 4 answers

Why won't my USB hard drive stay mounted without constant disk access?

My USB2 hard drive will only stay mounted if I keep accessing it. If I don't, within 5 hours or fewer, I can't access files on the drive or even do a directory listing. I can then unmount the HD, power cycle it, and it will mount again as if nothing had happened. If I keep accessing the disk, say by continuously playing an MP3 mix on it, the disk acts completely normal: uptime now (with MP3s playing) is something like 20 hours without the shadow of a problem. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

how can i recover my data?

i lost a partition in a reformat, but the data is still on my harddrive. i want to get the data off. i have r-studio, but not enough disk space on the existing partition to put the other data on it, and i thought i shouldn't create a new partition to put the data on, as that could mess up remaining data. i don't have an external harddrive. is there any way i can safely get the data off? thanks! [more inside]
posted by willmillar on Apr 7, 2006 - 7 answers

SATA external drive won't mount to iBook

I just got a new 250GB SATA hard drive and a SATA to USB 2.0 enclosure to put it in. When I plug everything in & hook it to my iBook, I get the following error: "You have inserted a disk containing no volumes that Mac OS X can read. To continue with the disk inserted, click Ignore" (3 options: "Initialize...", "Ignore" or "Eject"). How do I get it to work? [more inside]
posted by cg1 on Apr 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Can our Mac be killing any hard disk we put in it?

Can our Mac be killing any hard disk we put in it? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Feb 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Cloning a recalcitrant hard disk

How do I best clone a hard disk with bad sectors, when the PC spontaneously reboots upon hitting said bad sectors? [more inside]
posted by kindall on Oct 4, 2005 - 7 answers

Dual boot - XP and Ubuntu

How can I set up my dual boot system with Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Sep 29, 2005 - 6 answers

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