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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

Can a 4G iPod work with a CF card instead of an HDD?

Things to do with a lobotomized iPod 4G? I pulled out the hard drive, put an a CF card, and now, no matter how often I restore it, can't get it to work as an iPod, even though my PC can read and write to the drive. Can it work with this setup? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jul 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Bigger HD for ipod 5.5g?

I have an ipod 5.5g 80GB (thick) and would like to upgrade to a bigger drive. What model drives will work with this unit? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Jun 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Repair or brick?

Is my 3+ year old HP Desktop worth fixing? I think it needs a new hard drive, and I plan on replacing OS. Power Supply was replaced 2 years ago, Motherboard replaced 1 year ago, both on extended warranty. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me fix my hard drive.

My LaCie brand external hard drive is in the process of failing. It's making clicking sounds, it's slowed down considerably, and I think the head is failing. It contains a film project we've worked extremely hard on, and it's important to me that we save the data. [more inside]
posted by JimBennett on May 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can I find lockable storage with cable holes?

Where can I buy a lockable storage cabinet for several external hard drives, with a hole for cables to the outside? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2011 - 8 answers

She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Time Machine status: stuck in the now

The bad news: catastrophic hard drive failure! The good news: it's my back-up drive. Help me replace it. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Apr 29, 2011 - 8 answers

How to move songs in a playlist to an external drive on a Mac?

How to move a single playlist worth of music from my iMac to an external drive... ? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Easiest way to destroy a hard drive in situ?

I'm having trouble disassembling an old desktop PC to get to the hard drive before I can destroy it and throw everything out. Is there a quick and easy way to destroy the drive in situ, using everyday household objects? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Apr 6, 2011 - 36 answers

How to backup a Mac that won't start up?

My MacbookPro crashed last night, and I need to access my hard drive before going to the Apple Store. Right now I can't get past the start up screen with the Apple logo. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 29, 2011 - 11 answers

The New Macbook Pro: Go for the SSD or the ATA?

The New Macbook Pro: Go for the SSD or the ATA? The SSD drives are much more expensive but supposedly a lot faster than standard ATA drives? Any Macbook Pro owners care to chime in on this? [more inside]
posted by bhb on Mar 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Please hope my iMac.

Can't boot up my iMac (2009, 27" aluminum and glass model). Based on the failed solutions tallied after the jump, do you think buying Disk Warrior might work, or am I looking at total hard drive death? (Apple Care conveniently expired six weeks ago.) [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Hard Drive Oddness

Question about odd external HDD behavior--what, if anything, should I be replacing? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Mac hard drive probably dead. Help me figure out the next step.

Mac hard drive might be dead. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

What's your method for archiving home video?

What's your method for archiving home video? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 4, 2011 - 2 answers

rustrating super-slow music folder on an external hard drive.

Frustrating super-slow music folder on an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 4, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I replace both drives in a RAID 1 configuration?

How do I replace both drives in a RAID 1 configuration? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Feb 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Cloning a hard drive...how?

Using clonezilla, I cloned my 80gb Maxtor SATA hard drive. Now my new Western Digital 500gb SATA hard drive reads as identical but only 80gb. What did I do wrong?
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Gigabyte Doubling Trouble

The case of the missing Mac HD space, and symlink shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Feb 11, 2011 - 15 answers

laptop hard drive choices

I'm planning a laptop replacement purchase; I think I know the one I want, but am having trouble deciding whether to go standard hard drive or SSD. [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Feb 7, 2011 - 11 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

repairing 5 year old macpro

when starting up my 5 year old macpro, grandprix flag style graphics have appeared. Could this be a warning of graphics card failure? it is not N vidia so will be costly. The hard drive also needs replacing so is it worth the gamble on such an old model?
posted by King_Wang on Feb 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Daisy... Daisy...

Need help recovering data on a dying Macbook from Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Feb 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Why did my HD catch fire?

I inserted a power cable into a hard drive and it caught on fire (started smoking and crackling). Now I'm paranoid about leaving my computer on. How often does this happen, and why? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it possible to designate RAM for only "write" purposes?

If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

150 GB of priceless family memories, hangin' out on my rickety Dell

I have a lot of digital photos and videos. What's a reliable, safe, redundant and not-too-costly system for storing personal media files? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 18, 2011 - 15 answers

What Enclosure Does this Hard Drive Need?

I received an internal hard drive as a Xmas present and I would like to use it as an external hard drive. What enclosure should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service.

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 23, 2010 - 17 answers

External drive was dropped and now won't mount, what are my options?

I've got a great 1TB drive that was yanked off the coffee table...later started clicking...now won't mount...what to do? [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Oct 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Did Zune kill my Radiostar?

Massive unintended file deletion? I had almost my whole CD & LP collection digitized on a Maxtor OneTouch 750Gb drive. Last week, I installed Zune software on my Windows 7 PC, and all of a sudden, those files are gone, daddy, gone from the drive. Hope me recover my files! [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Oct 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Hard Drive to Hard Drive transfer fail: error 36?

I have two of these Seagate 1TB external hard drives. Both formatted the same way: Mac OS Extended, GUID partition table. One has 400GB stored on it. When I drag and drop from one external hard drive to the other, after a while (anywhere around 8GB and up) I get an error 36 message - says I cannot read/write file. The lady on the phone for Seagate support says it's because you can't drag and drop large amounts of data via USB: in other words, it's not the drive's fault. Really? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 26, 2010 - 20 answers

Best external hard drive for a Mac?

Which 1 to 2 TB external hard drive should I buy for an iMac? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Oct 19, 2010 - 13 answers

I want to be an Inspector Gadget filmmaker – pimp out my trip around the world (clothing, technology etc)

This is a big question. I'm doing a project, traveling around the world (map) for up to 12 months. 4 days in each city, then moving on. While traveling (bus/train) I'll be editing footage from the previous location, then uploading it to the website. I want to make sure I'm going with the best/easiest equipment to travel with, from shoes and shirts to cameras and computers (and everything else!). What should I bring with me?! [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me find a small hard drive that isn't a big lemon!

I've come into possession of a Revision B Macbook Air that's in fine working order except for a dead hard drive, and now I'm trying to decide what to replace it with. [more inside]
posted by bunji on Oct 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Should I reformat external hard drives for a Mac?

Should I format my new external hard drives for OS X? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Sep 23, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I play 4TB of music on separate hard drives on iTunes?

I have about 4TB of music on 4 separate hard drives. None of this music is currently imported into iTunes. I'd like to keep it on the hard drives -- and be able to access any of the hard drives through iTunes [i.e. the music from all 4 hard drives would appear in my music library but remain on their original hard drive.] What's the best way to do this?
posted by melodykramer on Sep 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Trying to avoid being a bad example to others...

So I need to return my computer to the manufacturer...but there is the matter of some compromising photos. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Sep 6, 2010 - 25 answers

My So-Called Life... Trapped!

I have a hard drive that I ripped from a 2000-1 ish year Compaq, and I need to find an enclosure. What kind of hard drive is it, and what's the cheapest enclosure? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 26, 2010 - 12 answers

DBAN for non-system drives?

Looking for a way to wipe (for disposal) old hard drives without swapping them into my desktop. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 22, 2010 - 26 answers

Get files off an OS X hard drive

Recover Files from an partially corrupt hard drive [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

This is why we back up, boys and girls.

All of a sudden, my laptop has stopped recognizing my external hard drive. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jul 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Where'd all my harddrive space go and how can I find out?

Is there a way to get a list of the largest folders on my harddrive? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Safe virus recovery?

My computer was infected with Virtumonde a few months ago, and after a lot of failed attempts at removing the infection, I ended up buying a new hard drive and taking the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 7 with a fresh install. Here's where things get a bit worrisome: [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

I can't seem to Nuke from Orbit!

I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Simplest possible means of listening to music files stored in an external hard drive?

What I want to do is this: play music stored on an external hard. What is the easiest way to do that? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Jun 27, 2010 - 13 answers

Why won't my Mac recognize my external hard drive??

Why won't my Mac recognize my external harddrive? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jun 15, 2010 - 4 answers

throwing out the old, bringing in the new[ish]

Help me with all these questions about buying a used/refurbished laptop, plz. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

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