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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

Dead drive DIY hardware-level data recovery?

Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Can I get my data back? Or am I asking for a rainbow pony?

My 9 month old Macbook Pro flashed the gray screen of death. Is there any way to recover the data? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on May 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Would a terabyte be terrible?

Am I limited as to the capacity of a second hard drive to be added to my PC? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on May 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Mailing a hard drive in a cardboard envelope?

Will Samsung refuse to replace my defective hard drive if I mail it in a flat-rate envelope instead of a big box with bubble wrap? [more inside]
posted by jrockway on May 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Possible to rescue data from a Mac hard drive that was partially overwritten?

Accidentally started overwriting a Mac's hard drive with a Leopard network-install system image. Stopped it after just a few seconds (the progress bar had gotten maybe 2-3% along). Any chance of rescuing any data that was on the hard drive before? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on May 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Installing an SSD on a HP netbook

I have a HP Mini 110 with a 160 GB HD running Ubuntu. I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really need all that space (currently I'm filling a tiny portion of it) and would prefer a faster boot time. What kind of improvements in speed should I expect if I swap out the hard drive with an SSD? What is the level of expense and difficulty involved in the install? Would I be better off just getting a newer notebook with an SSD already installed? What is the best source for a suitable SSD?
posted by Artw on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Lost Memories

Lost photo memory card, and photos were deleted from computer hard drive. They're on flickr, so I can order prints, but is there any way to get the digital images back? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on May 5, 2010 - 5 answers

What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?

I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

How to fix a broken hard drive port?

I broke the port on my external hard drive. It isn't visibly damaged, but when I plug the USB cable in, the port feels wiggly, like it's not connected to what it should be connected to. Nothing happens when I plug it into my computer. How can I fix this or recover the data? [more inside]
posted by little e on Apr 20, 2010 - 7 answers

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

Is it a computer or a doorstop?

Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Saving Mail to my hard drive on a mac

How do you store Mail messages on your hard drive on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi on Apr 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Painless iMac format and restore?

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Average lifespan of LaCie d2 Quadra?

My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Should I be worried about my dropped, but working, hard drive?

I dropped my external hard drive—badly—but it's still working in every way I can think of. How worried should I be that it will still fail? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Feb 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Why is lsass.exe accessing hard drive continually?

Why is the lsass.exe process in Vista 64 constantly accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 6, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I recover the contents of a long-quiet hard drive?

What's the easiest way to recover data from a hard drive in a long-dead computer? I only have immediate access to a laptop; so I guess what I'm asking is if there's any easier method than bothering a friend to let me install it in their box.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Feb 1, 2010 - 10 answers

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