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How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Any recommendations for a good, varied set of screwdrivers?

Any recommendations for a nice, varied, good quality set of "screw" drivers of various different types of screw heads that I might find on IDE HDDs? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Sep 28, 2016 - 10 answers

How many backup layers to secure my hard-drive music files?

I have a newish iMac and three external hard drives of varying age and corresponding capacity (500 GB, 2 TB, 4 TB). I have ca. 2 TB of music divided between the latter two. What is the best way of backing this up? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister on Aug 26, 2016 - 7 answers

My games are gone, but I need a grieving process for Windows

Friday night the hard drive my Steam and Origin games were installed on died the death of the dreaded click. All is fixed, except for the Windows 10 uninstall programs menu. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Aug 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me get my data off this broken hard drive?

The hard drive in my 2011 27" iMac was failing, and has been replaced. It's a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 and I was told to try recovering the data myself first. But Googling has only left me more confused. Walk me through this? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Recommendations for cheap offsite computer backups, cheapest data type?

I want to do an offsite backup for my files (financial, old photos, some writing, about 250 GB) and I’m not convinced that using an online service is the best way. They seem slow and unreliable. I think I’ll do it more low tech and store data on a drive and leave it at work or with a relative. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Data recovery professionals for Seagate external hard drive

This morning my portable hard drive said the folder I'd been working on last night was corrupt, so I restarted my PC. Now the hard drive is asking to be formatted before use. There are lots of tools available online but as an amateur, I'm not willing to risk playing around with it myself. How do I choose a good data recovery business on the Gold Coast, Queensland? Who to avoid? I need the data urgently and I'm willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money.
posted by b33j on Jul 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Can I trust this drive again?

My iMac hard drive is having issues. The computer wouldn't boot, etc., so I started up disk utility to repair the disk and got an error. Should I replace the entire disk? [more inside]
posted by griseus on Jun 19, 2016 - 7 answers

My MacBook SSD is full. What are my options?

I am mostly a Windows guy, but I have a MacBook at home that's ended up getting more use than expected. We started using GarageBand and have a ton of photos and some videos as well. Now the smallish SSD is full. I plan to buy an external HD and move some stuff but am not that familiar with Mac file structures, so I don't know what's safe to move. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jan 8, 2016 - 18 answers

New laptop hard drive transition

Just got a new laptop but my old laptop's hard drive is better. How do I switch new laptop to booting from old laptop's hard drive while keeping all the files? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 answers

How does an NTFS partition affect computer performance?

I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Where can I find a USB cable that fits my WD external hard drive port?

Here is a photo of the port in the back of my Western Digital external hard drive. It's not a mini-USB, or anything else I recognize. I need a new USB-to-whatever-this-is cableto connect the drive to my laptop. The only one I've found is here, but it would take a full month for it to get to me. Any suggestions welcome.
posted by tzikeh on Nov 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking to digitize my book library, but worried about corrupted PDFs

I have a rather extensive (read: physically burdensome) library of books I'd collected over the years that I'd like to digitize to take with me as I move on to my next adventure. I'm wondering what the best (most efficient, reliable, and economically efficient) way is to digitally preserve a large library of books as PDFs. I'm especially concerned to prevent files from becoming corrupted over time. [more inside]
posted by scriptible on Nov 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Securing an SSD

I replaced my laptop's hard drive, and it sometimes comes loose because it doesn't fit snugly into the compartment. Solutions? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Nov 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I plug an external hard drive into my Airport device?

I have a Maxtor BlackArmor 250GB external hard drive. I'd like to plug it into my Apple Airport device that serves our house's WiFi. Ultimately, I want to be able to put Plex Media Server on it so we can watch movies and listen to music. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Getting data off an old Dell Inspiron 9300 hard drive

I've FINALLY gotten around to attempting to get the data off of a Dell Inspiron 9300 that died several years ago, but the USB adapter ... converter ... thing ... that I have doesn't connect with it. Can you tell me what I need? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Aug 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Laptop tells me it has no hard drive

When I try to turn on my Dell laptop, it tells me there's no hard drive. Given that this isn't true, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Best practices for searching/wiping hard drives

What is the safest (within reason) and most efficient way for me to get the data I want off of a bunch of old hard drives and then securely wipe them for recycling? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Is this what a hard drive does when it's dying?

All of a sudden since yesterday my computer has been practically unusable. I originally thought that Windows Defender was going crazy because everything had ground to a halt but I could still see it accessing files via the resource monitor. I eventually killed it, but nothing improved. I'm starting to think my hard drive is dying but I've never had a problem like this before. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Is my Macbook Pro doomed?

So I played a bit rough with my Macbook Pro and when I switched it on its hard drive started whirring/clicking loudly. This continued last night and this morning. However, it now seems to be working normally. Will this be OK or is the hard drive doomed?
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Computer power efficiency question. Does this technical solution exist?

I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
posted by markkraft on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac?

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Give me some space!

I am at my wit's end trying to clear out more hard drive space on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Jun 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me make my Mac desktop feel like new again!

I have a 3ish year old iMac desktop, and it's starting to feel sluggish. What can I do to spruce it up and make it run (more) like new again? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Mar 26, 2015 - 36 answers

My external hard drive shows a different capacity than it actually has.

Upon adding up the separate folders within my drive, I can see a large discrepancy between the two amounts. I've utilzied many of the options within disk utilty for OSX. Please help. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive?

What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by zibra on Feb 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Outgrown SSD with OS on it. Now what?

My SSD running Win7 is full. I've bought a new one. What's the easiest way to copy the contents of the original to the new one? I do not want to reformat.
posted by anthropomorphic on Jan 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Getting data off a broken external hard drive?

I have a maxtor 1tb external hard drive which is broken - it kinda works but then starts clicking and the playback locks up or the data doesn't transfer. Is there any software that can deal with this and reset the head and try again, and remove as much of the data as possible? Preferably free - I am currently using ubuntu - but anything that works will do.
posted by marienbad on Dec 21, 2014 - 11 answers

How to keep backup drives synchronized in Windows 8.1?

How should I keep two backup drives synchronized in Windows 8.1? I think I want something like Rsync. Why can't Windows do this easily? Or can it? [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Nov 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Need to copy files from netbook to PC.

Just got a new internal hard drive for my PC and would like to copy files from my netbook to my PC's new hard drive. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 28, 2014 - 9 answers

What's eating my iPad storage?

My iPad insists that I'm using almost all of my available hard drive space. But I have no idea how, and the app-by-app breakdown purporting to show what's eating the storage doesn't add up to anything close to the 22+ GB it claims I'm using. Here's a screenshot. (Scrolling down shows only a couple more apps using very small amounts of storage.) What could be going on here? How can I figure out what's eating my hard drive space? I have no music or video on the device as far as I can tell.
posted by eugenen on Nov 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Laptop hard drive broke. How do I fix it?

My laptop hard drive broke. I have an idea of how to fix/replace it and recover the data but want to know if my plan makes sense. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Nov 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Managing photo and home movie collection

My partner and I share cameras and devices and would like to have a shared photo archive and management system. Because he has a PC and I have a macbook and movie clips and editing are making our library huge, ideally I'd like to manage all our photos and home movies from an external hard drive. What software would be best for this? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Aug 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Speculate on what is wrong with my Macbook Pro

Something is pretty clearly wrong, and it seems to be hardware, but it's sporadic enough that it's hard to say what, and I'd rather not have a repair person just guess. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Network drive for windows?

Our small office (Windows 7) had a Western Digital My Book World Edition drive. This drive attached itself to the network so everyone could see it, but mostly it was used for backups of our backups. Now the drive seems to be dying and we're looking at replacing it, but WorldBook edition don't seem to made anymore. Can anyone verify that? And if so, point us to similar type of drive, preferably 2 or more terabytes for a Windows 7 office. Does the MyBook line do anything like this? We already have a server that's managed by our IT department. This other drive is mostly just a secondary backup with storage of a few other video files on it.
posted by sock, the puppet on Jun 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Hard drive recovery near baltimore

Can anyone recommend a hard drive / data recovery service near Baltimore? Or failing that, a non-local one / a non-spammy explanation of how to find such a service that is reputable and not too expensive? Perhaps a sign of the times, but google is really being unhelpful, and mostly giving me fake local ones that seem to be aiming to SEO-trick people who are doing the obvious searches into thinking they're actually local. [more inside]
posted by advil on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Best backup solution 2014

I've always backed my files on CDs and DVDs, but a few years back I decided to go for external hard disks because they seemed more practical. I would love to get SSD external hard disks, but they are very expensive. I'm currently looking at cloud-based backup solutions but I don't really know where to find something of quality that is private and relatively cheap. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 6, 2014 - 17 answers

External HD crashed, what next?

External HD crashed, what next? What do do before sending it to a recovery service? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on May 2, 2014 - 8 answers

BIOS not detecting laptop SSD, but Windows XP installer does?

After a hard drive failed me, I tried replacing with an SSD, but neither BIOS nor Ubuntu from a USB could detect it. But for some reason, an XP installation USB could detect it, but said it was corrupt. Any ideas on what to try next? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Apr 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Alternatives to thumb drives

Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Backups, images, and clones, oh my!

I have an ongoing need to make hard disk clones and images/snapshots for home and business use. What's the easiest, most effective path to do this? [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Old hard drive is inaccessible

I'm trying to get some files off an internal hard drive I haven't used in 5 years or so. I believe this used to be my system drive for an old Macbook. I have a SATA to USB adapter, and just tried plugging it in to my current Macbook Pro (late 2009 model running latest version of Mavericks). I got the dreaded error, "The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer." What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Feb 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

MacFilter: Disk Utility will not let me restore external hard drive.

When trying to restore a FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB from a Western Digital source, the following error message occurs: "Restore Failure Could not change the partition type for /dev/disk2s1 -error- 3554" [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Jan 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Differing Used HD Space Reports in OS X

According to Disk Utility, I have only 36 GB / 500 GB free, and it's been pretty full for a while. For the last year I've taken this at face value, but today I looked into it closer, and found that according to other applications (Disk Inventory X and JDiskReport), I apparently should have more like 200 GB free. How can I figure out what is using this extra space? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Nov 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Hard drive encrypted with Ubuntu, forgot password. Oops.

My netbook is running Ubuntu (11?). I set up hard drive encryption when I installed Ubuntu, and gave my hard drive the same password as my user account. Then I didn't use the netbook for several months and forgot the password. Help me make netbook go. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Oct 10, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I best replace my dead PS3 without losing all my stuff?

My beloved 60GB "Fat" PS3 has kicked, after many years of faithful service. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it with minimal hassle and without losing anything from the hard drive. Google search turns up conflicting advice. Long-ish explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by churl on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Repair Master Boot Record?

I have a Windows 7 HTPC that serves as our family's TV/entertainment hub. Recently, the cooling fan on it died a slow death while I wasn't home. The other folks in my home kept re-sarting the machine frantically, until I ended up with multiple drives with (I believe) damaged Master Boot Records. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Two HDs, how do I copy over only the files that the other is missing?

Two hard drives. HD2 with a bunch of lossless music. HD1 with the same music plus a bunch more music that I've acquired in recent months. I want all of my collection on both drives in case one fails. Besides copying over each new file piecemeal, or deleting everything on drive 2 and just copying the entirety of drive 1, is there a more elegant way to do this? Is there a program or method that will only copy over the files that HD2 doesn't already have?
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 16, 2013 - 11 answers

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