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Move my Maxtor!

MacFilter: Finally upgraded from my old 400 mhz G4 to a 1.25 ghz dual processor G4. I'd like to move the maxtor ata hard drive that I installed in the old machine to the new machine. Will I lose the data in the process? Or can I just take it out of one, put it in the next, and continue to access all my files as if nothing has changed?
posted by fingers_of_fire on Feb 5, 2005 - 19 answers

OS X - Hard drive copy doesn't match.

OS X stumper: My internal boot drive (160 GB) "info" reports 12.4 GB available, 136.63 GB on disk. A bootable (120 GB) clone shows 55.42 GB available, 55.24 GB on disk. I've run Disk Utility and Disk Warrior, repaired and rebuilt and the report persists. (I checked the disk used with "WhatSize" and, while I've not done the math, the rough aggregate of disk used appears to be more in line with the clone, which is what I expect. I am not sure when this apparent mis-reporting began but I know it was recently.) Googling has failed me. What is going on and how do I fix it?
posted by Dick Paris on Jan 22, 2005 - 14 answers

What data can I recover from my hard drive, after a system crash?

HardDriveRecoveryFilter: wondering if there's anything I can do to recover data after a system crash other than formatting or a data recovery service. [...] [more inside]
posted by chicobangs on Jan 17, 2005 - 6 answers

Is there a way to use a (USB 2.0) hard drive that is formated as HFS Journaled (MacOS X) under WindowsXP?

WindowsFilter: is there a way to use a (USB 2.0) hard drive that is formated as HFS Journaled (MacOS X) under WindowsXP? I've tried the otherwise excellent MacDrive and it can't handle it.
posted by symbebekos on Jan 1, 2005 - 4 answers

Need help booting off of a SATA drive

I have been unable to boot from my brand new SATA hard drive. If I boot from an IDE drive, I can read from and write to this drive with absolutely no problems whatsoever. But when I try to boot, I get a "DISK BOOT FAILURE" error. I've tried many things to get this to work, and I'm quickly running out of ideas. List of things I've tried and hardware details inside. [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Dec 27, 2004 - 13 answers

External USB Hard Drive FAT32 corruption via Mac OS 9!

External USB Hard Drive FAT32 corruption via Mac OS 9! Help me Obi-Wan Kenobe! (More inside) [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Dec 21, 2004 - 1 answer

What are some good 7200 RPM 60GB+ 2.5" drives that are suitable for installation in an Apple TiBook?

What are some good 7200 RPM 60GB+ 2.5" drives that are suitable for installation in an Apple TiBook? Recommendations on where to buy?
posted by namespan on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 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

Apple Memory Upgrades

A long-time PC user, I am planning to switch to Apple, replacing my centrino laptop by a 12" ibook G4 (I want a small computer).

Most of the standard Apple configurations come with 256MB of RAM: is this because OSX needs less memory than XP (since most laptop configs today come with 512MB), or do I need to go for 512 (768?) megs?

I mainly use my computer to browse the web, send & receive e-mails, do some word processing, and manage my MP3, which I only store on my iPod.

Other question:
If I buy the computer at the local Apple Store (I'm in NYC), I'll only be able to get a memory upgrade, and not a hard disk upgrade. The laptop comes with a 30GB drive. For a Windows PC, I'd go for 60GB: should I do the same here? This would make me have to order it online, which is a bit of a problem (I'm not often at home...).
posted by rubin421 on Dec 6, 2004 - 33 answers

Should I keep an external hard drive permanently connected?

Hey, is it better to keep an external hard drive plugged into and constantly running, or is it safer (for archiving and the health of the drive, avoiding power failures that might otherwise zap an entire machine, etc) to only turn it on and connect it when you use it? Thanks as always for your thoughts.
posted by Peter H on Dec 1, 2004 - 12 answers

Windows 98 detects a new hard drive, but won't boot

Installing new Hard Drive. Trying to install a second, new 80GB hard drive under Windows 98. Will detect the drive, but won't boot... [mi] [more inside]
posted by sinical on Nov 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Disk Capacity

I've got a 160GB hard disk capacity issue, plus a little bit of a chicken-and-the-egg dillema [come on in!] [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Nov 22, 2004 - 36 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.
[more inside] [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Nov 17, 2004 - 6 answers

OS X claims a 200 GB Maxtor external drive has only 128GB capacity.

New External Drive for OSX: So I bought a new external, as I've been threatening in other posts. It's a 200gb Maxtor. I plug it into my Powerbook which tells me it can't recognize the format. Do I want to Initialize? I say yes... and it identifies the drive as having a 128gb capacity. What gives? Where are the other 72gb? What format should I choose for this sucker? Help!
posted by dobbs on Nov 11, 2004 - 18 answers

Help, there's no more room on my Notebook!

iMac notebook + OS9 + OSX = no hard drive space. Even more helpful, installing/reinstalling anything doesn't seem to work. iMore inside... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Is my ipod completely dead?

iPod help: My 5-Gig, Touchwheel iPod is hung and displays the following message: "No battery power remains. Please connect iPod to power." However, the iPod had 2/3s of a charge before it hung and does not accept a charge when I plug it in. I am unable to reset the iPod and it refuses all keyboard input. It has displayed this message for almost two days now. The iPod also does not register in the Finder of either of my computers. Should I buy a new battery or is the iPod dead?

[Problem solving chain inside] [more inside]
posted by stet on Nov 2, 2004 - 6 answers

Help me format my new hard drive.

I've just install a new 120 gig hard disk as a slave on my Windows 98 PC, replacing an old 2 gig disk. The BIOS recognises the real size, but when I format the disk it only recognises 8 gigs of it. What happened to the rest of it?
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 1, 2004 - 11 answers

Why does copying files from CD to my harddrive slow down my entire system?

Plextor CD-R - Copying files to harddrive sloooowwwws computer way down. [mi] [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Nov 1, 2004 - 3 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

I need an external HD for use with a Powerbook.

External hard drives.... I have a 160gb Lacie, which works great. (I'm on a Powerbook, btw.) However, it's nearing full of MP3s and I'm not done archiving all my stuff. Should I a) buy another 160 or b) buy a 300gb and sell the 160? {more} [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 23, 2004 - 11 answers

Packing a Hard Drive

Are there any precautions I should take when shipping a hard drive in regards to packing? I've heard that it's important to have a certain amount of padding around it, but I don't know what would be best.
posted by mindless progress on Oct 13, 2004 - 4 answers

Trapped in a maze of twisty cables, all alike.

Trapped in a maze of twisty cables, all alike: yesterday one of my harddrives (about two years old) started fucking up (I/O errors) whenever I tried to read some directories (like /usr/bin and /sbin, helpful). Boot with knoppix, by some miracle am able to read the drive, fsck it. I switched the cable going from the mobo to the CD drive with that going to the hard drives, and then it worked. At some point my other hard drive (less than a year old) starts to have similar errors, but worked on reboot after a fscking. Today: same problem as before! But, on merely switching which drive was above which, so the cable fit in more naturally, it works! So my question: could simply twisting the cable have caused those errors? If not, where's the error more likely lie—with the drives or the motherboard?
posted by kenko on Oct 12, 2004 - 9 answers

How do I retrieve files from a drive that says it needs to be formatted?

External Hard drive will not open, cpu informs me that it needs to be formatted. Need some assistance please. (MI) [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Sep 25, 2004 - 5 answers

Can I get information off an old computer with 2 drives in a RAID 0 setup, if the new computer has a RAID controller?

My old computer died (complex, but non-HD-related). I've got a new computer. The old computer had 2 drives in a RAID 0 (striping) setup. Is there a way to get the data off them, assuming no possibility of reviving the old computer? (The new machine does have a RAID controller)
posted by davebug on Sep 20, 2004 - 4 answers

Hard drive woes

I have two hard drives: one with windows/software and another with all of my stuff (mp3s, photos, documents, etc). I was listening to music when it suddenly stopped in the middle of a song. The computer was frozen. I rebooted and my second hard drive with all my stuff isn't recognized in windows. No error messages, the drive just doesn't show up. Reinstalled windows. Still nothing. The hard drive is recognized fine by the BIOS. I was running XP, now I'm running 2000. I haven't cried yet becuase I'm not convinced that all of my data is gone forever. What can I do?
posted by TurkishGolds on Sep 15, 2004 - 6 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

Security fits

WindowsXP, 250 gig shared backup hard drive, and a lab full of people with sensitive information that needs to be backed up on said drive but shouldn't be accessible by anyone other than the user who put it there. Security is giving me fits and I'd appreciate some helpful advice. [more gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Hardware (PC) question.

My slave (drive) won't work. [More inside] [more inside]
posted by i_cola on Sep 3, 2004 - 8 answers

Can I rename my new partition?

I have a new 160 gig HD that I partitioned into two drives. One of the partitions is exclusively for mp3s. Unfortunately, when I open the drive, XP treats it as a "My Pictures" folder. How do I change it to a "My Music" folder? Ordinarily, I'd go Properties>Customize, but when I go Properties on the root folder, I get hard drive properties. (General / Tools / Hardware / etc.)
posted by keswick on Aug 28, 2004 - 3 answers

How to get my external hard drive to work with my new computer?

Really this is my last resort. I recently built myself a new computer (Asus K8N-E Deluxe) and everything's fine except I'm trying to transfer my old harddrive to my new harddrive. I had a slave in the old computer (Asus CUSL2 for those keeping score). It's 40GB and has ALL my important data. I think you can see where this is going. If it's plugged in and running, even set as slave, the computer won't boot. Obviously, more inside.
posted by geoff. on Aug 27, 2004 - 13 answers

Having trouble setting up 2 SATA hard drives as a stripe set in WinXP Pro

Having trouble setting up 2 SATA hard drives as a stripe set in WinXP Pro. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas on Aug 23, 2004 - 4 answers

Is there a way to fix critical structure errors on my Seagate hard drive?

Yet another boring tech question: my main hard drive died on me. It's a Seagate, so I ran their diagnostic tool and it tells me I have 2 critical structure errors. What does this mean? Is there a way to fix it, or do I have to reformat, or worse, toss it out? Vielen Dank!
posted by muckster on Aug 20, 2004 - 9 answers

After I replaced C: on Windows XP Pro, the D drive frequently doesn't work.

Using XP Pro 2002. Main HDD dies, replace C:, now can't get out of BIOS without unplugging D: (storage). Actually, D: works occasionally, but during those regular operations it sometimes bluescreens and on reboot I get BIOS errors for *all* drives. Wha? [more inside]
posted by petebest on Aug 20, 2004 - 6 answers

New Hard Drive

I've just bought and installed a new hard drive. At the moment, it's bolted to the drive bay by only two screws, along one edge. The drive bay that it's in is too big, and I don't have anything that could be used as a shoring bracket (the machine itself is a crappy OEM, and the case is built so that I've no way of approaching the drive from another direction to install one, anyway). Is there any real danger that my drive might damage itself by resonating?
posted by Jongo on Aug 2, 2004 - 4 answers

What's the best way to make a perfect mirror of my computer's hard drive?

What's the best way to make a perfect mirror of my computer's hard drive? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by luser on Jul 30, 2004 - 7 answers

Can you copy the entire XP Pro CD onto your Hard drive, and set it as a boot option?

I am going crazy about this, and google won't turn up anything useful. Laptop with no CDrom or floppy: Took HD out and installed XP using my desktop. Freezes loading mup.sys. I already installed the MB swap patch.

Basically what I am asking is: Can you copy the entire XP Pro CD onto your Hard drive, and set it as a boot option? Can it work? Does anyone have any ideas?
posted by Keyser Soze on Jul 22, 2004 - 5 answers

Is there a car stereo with a USB 2.0 port on the front, or how else can I arrange to plug in a drive of arbitrary size?

MP3-playing car stereos are ubiquitous. So where are the car stereos with a USB 2.0 port on the front that allow you to jack in a drive of whatever size you want? Are there unsurmountable technical difficulties with this? Anybody know of any hacks along these lines? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 9, 2004 - 12 answers

Compaq Presario with Phoenix BIOS Boot Error: "Error Loading OS"

IDE hard drive conundrum: "Error loading OS" (more inside) [more inside]
posted by luser on Jul 6, 2004 - 13 answers

Would an additional hard drive improve performance on my machine?

Would installing a new (smallish) hard drive in my machine and dedicating it solely to the Windows swap file (i.e., instead of having it on C:) improve performance?
posted by oissubke on Jun 26, 2004 - 13 answers

What do I need to do before I format my HD and reinstall windows?

What do I need to do before I format my HD and reinstall windows? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by trharlan on Jun 17, 2004 - 8 answers

Is there an easy, automated Windows program to scan for duplicate files and erase them?

so i'm cleaning up the HD after another school year and i know that i have a lot of duplicate file names on this computer. is there an easy, automated windows program that will allow me to scan for these duplicates and erase them?
posted by ronv on Jun 14, 2004 - 3 answers

How can I tell the computer that the installed hard drive E: should be C:?

I have one hard drive installed in my computer, and it shows up as E: . There is no C:. How can I tell the computer that the installed hard drive E: should be C:?
posted by alball on Jun 1, 2004 - 13 answers

Help me pull data off this poor, corrupted drive?

Ok, I've blown up another hard drive...even knoppix can't help me get the data because the first few sectors are hosed and knoppix can't determine what the file structure is/was. Do anyone of you godlike system gurus have any suggestions that can help me pull data off this poor, corrupted drive?
posted by dejah420 on Jun 1, 2004 - 11 answers

Hard drive corruption

I have a Hard drive question, using XP Pro SP1, 3 hard drives, last one is a Western Digital 160GB special edition. MI (partition and file corruption) [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on May 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Apple computer accessing a Windows hard drive?

Can I access a Windows 2000 formatted hard drive in an external hard drive enclosure with an Apple computer? [m-to-the-i] [more inside]
posted by plemeljr on May 25, 2004 - 8 answers

How to clone a hard drive in Win2k?

Another boooooring computer question - sorry!

How do I clone a HD in a win2k system? My system's boot hd is a 20g 5400 rpm. I'd like to swap it for a 20 g 7200 rpm which is sitting at the moment in an external firewire enclosure. I also have 150g in an internal RAID array.

More inside ... [more inside]
posted by magullo on May 20, 2004 - 5 answers

iTunes = crackly noise?

I just finished putting a computer together for my sister... a fresh install of Windows 2000 Pro. Every time iTunes or WinAmp accesses the drive (during playback), I can hear the crackly drive noise coming through the external speakers (left-side only in fact). As soon as I stop iTunes, the noise stops. Restart iTunes, the noise isn't there until it starts reading the drive again. This only happens when using either of those two pieces of software (meaning I haven't been able to reproduce the problem in any other way). What is the best way to go about troubleshooting this?
posted by Witty on May 10, 2004 - 6 answers

Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively? Can it be done with chmod?

I backed up my /library/webserver/documents folder to a firewire HD. When I dragged it back, the permissions went all kablooey:

drwxr-xr-x 36 root admin 1224 16 Jan 16:58 Documents

sudo chmod 755 Documents does not give groups write privileges.

1. Do I just need to go read a good chmod tutorial, or is something aberrant happening here?

2. Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively?

Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on May 3, 2004 - 8 answers

Help me recover my documents after partitioning!

I just did a full WinXP reinstall. In the process, I took an 80 gig drive which was partitioned to 10/30/40 gig partitions and repartitioned it to 10/10/20/15/25 partitions. Unfortunately, that 40 gig partition held my "My Documents" holding a bunch of Word documents spanning the years and a lot of digital photos that are irreplaceable.

I've tried a few file recovery programs with limited success (recovered around 20% of my files) however I think the problem is the repartitions have split a lot of the files across two or more partitions. Is there a way I can recombine these partitions and try the file recovery programs again??
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Apr 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Hard Drive Failure

Yet Another Hard Drive Failure: My laptop started hanging periodically, and eventually stopped booting. Suspecting a hard drive failure, I swapped drives, and sure enough, it works fine now. Except, of course, for the old hard drive. I've put that in a USB enclosure and I've been able to recover some of the data in fits and starts. However, it continues to lock sporadically while the data is being read, and XP will occasionally drop the drive, no longer showing it in explorer. Is there a better way to recover my data, given the inability to stay connected to it via USB? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on Apr 20, 2004 - 8 answers

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