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is there a low-carb diet for data - help me fit into my macbook air!

Moving from a MacBook to a MacBook Air - where are 20g of gremlins hiding? Also, any other migration tips for not carrying over unused data and applications? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Aug 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

What filesystem should I use to share between windows mac and linux?

I have a 1TB external hard drive that I want to use with Linux, Mac & Windows 7. What filesystem should I format it with? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?

What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

cloning or copying a hard drive

Copying a windows partition to bigger disk. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jul 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it?

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Cloning/imaging my Mac

I think I am going to replace my Macbook Pro's hard drive. I would like to check that this cloning/imaging backup process I have in mind makes sense. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

New MacBook Pro laptops and RAM.

Do the new mid 2012, non-Retina Display, MacBook Pro laptops have user replaceable/upgradable RAM and Hard Drives? I can't find a source stating for sure one way or the other.
posted by Science! on Jun 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What?

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on May 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Computer crashed, what adapter do I need for my hard drive?

The SATA adapter I bought doesn't hook up to my hard drive so I need help finding the right one. [more inside]
posted by mewohu on May 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me disappear!

How to erase all traces of me on my work computer? [more inside]
posted by lulu68 on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Quiet hard drive enclosures

Any recommendations for quiet eSATA two- or four-hard drive enclosure that supports RAID 0/1? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I fix this hard drive?

How do I fix this hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

We'll file the hacksaw under "last resort."

Is there a trick to opening one of the new Xbox 360 hard drives without damaging the actual HDD? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Mar 19, 2012 - 4 answers

How to stop by harddrive from running after wakeup?

What's up with my Mac? Hard drive runs for several minutes after waking. [more inside]
posted by papercake on Mar 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Help a n00b buy a harddrive

Recommend me a decent, cheap hard drive for my HP netbook (or at least a reliable site to shop from) [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Feb 24, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I make wired connection to a wireless network?

How can I make a wired connection to a wireless network? I'd like to use my external hard drive wirelessly with my laptop and DLNA-enabled BluRay player - the hard drive is made to be plugged into a router and used in this way. Problem: I share internet services with another apartment in my building and I do not have access to the router, which is in the other apartment. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Feb 23, 2012 - 7 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

Disk cloning basics using dd in Linux

Backing up a possibly-about-to-die hard drive and putting it on a new drive, using dd in Linux - a few questions regarding how the cloning works. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 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

I broke my mp3 collection =(

I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 31, 2011 - 17 answers

I met a drive upon the stair, my programs think it isn't there

How to manually clean a failing hard drive before a return when I can't run any cleanup utilities? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Dec 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Is it possible to copy a Windows boot partition onto a new SSD HD?

Is it possible to copy my Windows boot partition (C:) onto the new SSD hard drive I got without needing to reinstall Windows and everything else? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Because lemons are for drinks, not for data.

I'd like your thoughts on the Wolverine PicPac II or alternatives, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me save a troubled external hard drive!

Help me save a troubled external hard drive! I'm using OSX and I'm fine with wiping it out and starting over. This may be complicated? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 29, 2011 - 23 answers

Poorly Early Macbook Air - Will a SSD Save it?

I have a Macbook Air from 2008, Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM. It's been unusably slow for the longest time but Lion seemed to revive it a bit, though the graphics performance (especially after waking from sleep) is still sometimes horribly sluggish. I don't think I can upgrade the RAM, not sure about the graphics card (suspect not), but see that you can buy a new SSD that's compatible. I'm tempted, but can't find any clear information on whether a SSD upgrade would really improve things. Does anyone know if it's worth itin terms of improved system performance? Thanks!
posted by dharma rascal on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Need a new external hard drive

Need a new external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by Patbon on Nov 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Would a Crucial RealSSD 128GB SSD 2.5" hard drive work with a new Macbook Pro a1286?

Would a Crucial RealSSD 128GB SSD 2.5" hard drive work with a new Macbook Pro a1286 model? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Can't clone a drive - software can't see it but Windows can! Why?

I'm cloning a hard drive. Windows can see the new drive and access it, but none of the cloning software can access it, no matter how I format or set it up. What's going on here, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

DBAN and KillDisk are foiled, now what?

I'm trying to prep a PC for donation/craigslist by wiping the drive. DBAN won't boot from the CD drive, and neither will KillDisk. [more inside]
posted by lvanshima on Nov 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Let's Swap

If you have two identical computers, can you simply take the hard drive out of one and put it into the other? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Nov 12, 2011 - 25 answers

Need to resize a Windows 7 image backup

Windows 7, 80gb hard drive backup of a laptop - I need to get the machine back up and running, but the largest available hard drive is 40GB - There are files I can lose on the backup to get it down to 40GB, but how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Does (harddrive) Size Matter with the Cloud?

Ok, probably a stupid question, but... with the iCloud, what's the advantage of the larger hard drive sizes on the iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Oct 15, 2011 - 10 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

Hard drives are the new bling? Or are they the old bling now?

Hey, remember when Hitachi said "The Hard Drive is the New Bling" and had that contest giving away a white gold and diamond hard drive charm? [more inside]
posted by curse on Sep 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Rock solid, face palming

Memtest says the RAM is clean. So why might my Eee PC 1000 be repeatedly rebooting? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Sep 23, 2011 - 16 answers

MacBook Air. Now with a drive no one else interfaces with.

MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Digital Storage Advice?

My Lightroom catalog is finally hitting the terabyte mark, which means I either need to double what I'm doing now (internal 1TB drive, which is backed up to an external 1TB drive) or something different. Any tips on how to manage large digital image collections? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Document and data recovery after theft

Stolen PC and back up to an external hard drive. How do I restore documents and media to a new PC from a back up? [more inside]
posted by Verdant on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Reliability of refurbished external drives

Am I asking for trouble by buying a refurbished external >1TB drive? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Aug 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Reinstalled Windows, and now I can't read data from my external hard drive--please help!

Reinstalled Windows, and now I can't read data from my external hard drive--please help! I accidentally left my external hard drive plugged in while reinstalling Windows XP. When I noticed that it showed up on that screen where you choose how you want to partition your hard drives and where you want to install XP, I unplugged it. Then I partitioned my internal hard drive, formatted and reinstalled. I didn't format the external drive (to the best of my knowledge). [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Pouring coffee into the tower is probably a bad idea.

How do I keep my primary data drive from constantly going idle and then spinning up again? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Jul 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Why is my hard drive causing a reboot loop on my computer?

Weird computer technical problem pertaining to the POST and bootup stages of conputer use. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How to Remove Stubborn Laptop Screws

How do I remove tight screws from laptop hard drive caddies? I'm trying to swap the hard drives from one laptop to another. Yet I can't get them out of their respective caddies. Is there some trick that makes it possible to loosen the screws without risking the hard drives?
posted by Yakuman on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Stupid hard drive, be more useful

Data recovery tools: What are the best free tools that are currently available? Also, I have this hard drive that is being a jerk. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 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

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