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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

What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?

My hard drive on my dell laptop (inspiron E1705 - running windows vista) just crashed deleting my itunes library. I got a new a hard drive and have my music still saved on my 120 gig ipod (newest generation). What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I remove a recalcitrant HD from a Macbook?

macbook hard drive problem [more inside]
posted by mandrake on Jan 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Can ubuntu help me diagnose my hard drive?

My desktop crashed, and won't boot windows xp from the hard drive. I managed to get into BIOS and set it to boot from the CD drive, and got a live session of ubuntu 8.10 running. I tried to mount the hard drive in ubuntu, but to no avail. Is there some sort of utility that ubuntu can run to look at or diagnose my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Jan 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Sad cojoined hard drive twins seek new lease of life.

How can I recover data from two striped RAID drives if the enclosure is not responding? Is it possible to put them inside another enclosure and have it read the striped data correctly? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jan 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Replacement power supply for external IDE enclosure?

I lost the power supply for an external hard drive enclosure. What are the specs I need to know before heading off to Radio Shack for a replacement? [more inside]
posted by chengjih on Jan 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Recover Lost Files

How do I recover files that have disappeared from external USB drive after moving to another computer? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jan 7, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I get my hard drive to work with my TV and computer at the same time?

My new Samsung HDTV plays lots of content off a USB Hard Drive. Works great. What's the best way for me to setup a hard drive that stays connected to the TV but allows my computer to write files to it? Seems like all the drives I have or look up only allow 1 device to connect to it at a time.
posted by jakeaust on Dec 30, 2009 - 24 answers

If I buy a 1TB hard drive with a SATA 3 Gb/s interface, will my computer be able to use it with it's 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface?

Laptop hard drive filter: I'm in the market for a new hard drive for my laptop, and I want to get the best one my computer can handle. My computer seems to have a 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface; will it be able to handle a 3 Gb/s SATA interface hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Am I literally giving off bad vibes?

Is it possible that something about my presence causes hard drives to fail? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Dec 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Win7, New(ish) HD: BSOD, NTLDR missing WTF!?!

Have Win 7 and new hard drive installed ~1 month ago on 3 year old computer. Today, Blue Screen of Death, then NTLDR missing, got it into SafeMode... now what? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 21, 2009 - 12 answers

I'll wipe my ass with a roll of Intel X-25 SSD drives!

I need semi-definitive opinions regarding the real-world lifespan of an Intel X-25M Solid State Drive running in a Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Second time's the charm?

Please help me rearchitect my Apple-specific wireless home network and iTunes library! Eleven paragraphs of geeky details within (sorry!). [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Dec 9, 2009 - 13 answers

What are these plastic rails on my hard drive called?

What are these rails which snap into the side of a hard drive and allow it to slide into a bay called? And also, where can I get some more? [more inside]
posted by billybunny on Dec 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Does a 3 mm height difference matter for Macbook pro hard drives?

Will the 15" Macbook Pro 4.1 (early 2008) be compatible with a 2.5" Form Factor internal hard drive that's 12.5mm rather than the standard 9.5mm? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 4, 2009 - 10 answers

Wireless router that can connect to a printer and external hard drive?

Please help me find a router to make my parents' lives easier. I am looking for a wireless router that will allow me to connect to a printer and an external hard drive via USB. It doesn’t need to be wireless N (G is fine), but if it’s N it needs to be dual-band. Other than the Apple Airport Extreme with a USB hub attached, what wireless routers can do this? The models from Linksys with Storage Link and D-Link with Shareport seem to be able to connect to either a printer or a USB drive, but not both simultaneously. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Does my hard drive have permanent issues?

Can I remove a partition and use my hard disk as normal? Rather long explanation... [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Dec 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Dying drive?

Is my hard drive dead? Can I save it, at least long enough to back it up? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Dec 1, 2009 - 19 answers

Hard drive connection to my HDTV?

In the market for an HDTV, but what should I know beforehand to ensure that I can connect it to a separate hard drive and watch videos already stored on the drive? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Seagate Hard drive Mac

How to get a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external hard drive to work with my Mac? [more inside]
posted by yegga on Nov 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Ice Ice Ipod, too cold? Too cold?

How bad is it for me to leave my iPod classic in the car all the time? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Cloned drive won't boot

How do I get a new hard drive, that's been cloned from my primary drive, to boot as the new primary drive? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove on Nov 23, 2009 - 8 answers

USB SATA HD WTF FTW?

Is my external HD enclosure killing drives? Or is it bad luck? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Best way to store 4 TB of media?

I'm looking for reliable, scalable storage, around 4 TB. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Nov 18, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for an external hard drive

My external hard drive has been making some very odd noises for a while and I’m looking for a good replacement. Your input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email on Nov 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Mystery noises and BSOD on my newish Acer Aspire One netbook. Am I screwed?

Mystery noises and BSOD on my newish Acer Aspire One netbook. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by tealsocks on Nov 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Where's the XP Installer's Undo?

A Windows 2000 hard disk got clobbered by the XP installer and is "unallocated". What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 16, 2009 - 3 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

What caused my drive to die?

What happened that suddenly caused my harddrive to not be recognized by BIOS? [more inside]
posted by comradestu on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

iTunes + new hard drive = headache

MrR moved my music drive (to a larger hard drive yay!) and iTunes is not handling this gracefully at all. (He hates iTunes, will not use it, and therefore did not follow any of the procedures detailed in the answers to this question.) The directory trees are all the same, the only change is the drive letter. How do I get iTunes to look in the right place without losing all the metadata (ratings, play dates/frequency)? (PC; iTunes does not organise my library; the old drive is already removed from my computer and wiped. Changing each file path individually is functionally not acceptable (30K files!), nor is changing the drive letter.)
posted by jlkr on Oct 30, 2009 - 23 answers

Hard drive reads a lit-tle too regularly.

My hard drive reads data like clockwork. Really! What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants on Oct 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my MacPro.

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 17, 2009 - 24 answers

backup --> iPod

Trying to get my music library from my external hard drive back onto my iPod while maintaining my sanity. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 15, 2009 - 21 answers

Hard drive trouble?

Hard drive(I think) corrupted - I'm drowning in information. Help? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 12, 2009 - 11 answers

What are my options with a dead external drive?

Stupid computerfilter: I didn't back up, and now the external drive seems dead. Options? [more inside]
posted by neewom on Oct 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Since when are harddrives actually the size advertised?

Since when are harddrives actually the size advertised? I just bought a Western Digital 500 GB 2.5'' HD and I was surprised when it actually turned out to be 499.32 GB after the first initialization (on a mac). [more inside]
posted by mathiu on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I rescue files from an internal drive when OS X won't boot?

OS X won't boot. Time Machine stopped working at noon. How can I nab some files before I reinstall Leopard? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Oct 1, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I figure out if I've lost all my data?

Yesterday, my portable hard drive got knocked over while it was being read from and began making a vicious gurgle. My husband unplugged it before I could try to disconnect it. When I turned it back on, it's still sounds terrible. [more inside]
posted by droomoord on Sep 11, 2009 - 19 answers

How do I safely move my iTunes library to a different HD?

How do I safely move my iTunes library from one hard drive to another? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Sep 8, 2009 - 7 answers

WinXP Corrupt (this is news?) ...Desktop Disaster in Process

Win XP corrupted system and SAM files... disaster in process, need expert input and recommendation for a data recovery service I can trust. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Aug 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Swapping xbox 360 hard drives...

What is the process like for swapping hard drives in an xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Recommend a Portable Hard Drive Enclosure?

I've recieved two hard drives for free from my father. I'm thinking I could sell one or both. However, I'm also thinking I could turn it into a portable external hard drive for storing my photos. I need recommendation on enclosures. [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD on Aug 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Curtail computer use during the current heatwave?

West Coast Heatwave! I'm worried about my computer's hard drives, should I curtail my downloads and turn some drives off for the next few days until things cool down? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jul 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Ye're my LaCie come home.

My 500gb external hard drive fell onto my hardwood floor. Hard. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Jul 21, 2009 - 14 answers

how can I get data off this drive?

I am trying to recover data from a WD3200ME-01, a WD 320GB USB-powered drive but the physical drive does not have SATA or IDE connection - only a mini USB connection soldered to the circuit board - and the drive is not recognized via USB anymore. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 16, 2009 - 9 answers

I need to keep my hard drive safe from the elements.

Will I completely ruin my hard drive if I don't store it in an anti-static bag? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 14, 2009 - 22 answers

It's too late for a witty title. Please forgive me and help fix this thing

I have these two "folders" in my C drive that are just two of my external hard drives. I would either like them gone or to be given a really good reason to keep them. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Jul 13, 2009 - 4 answers

No video input detected on bootup.

Computer froze completely during a game, all subsequent downloads of various installer files were corrupt. BSODs galore. Now, when I turn on my computer, no video input is detected whatsoever. Next step? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Jul 13, 2009 - 19 answers

"Disk Read Error Occurred" - With Brand-New Hard Drive

Getting "Disk Read Error Occurred - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart" with brand-new ATA-6 hard drive (this model) on a five-year-old Dell Latitude D400 laptop. Bad disk, compatability issue, or doing something wrong? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by mccn on Jul 12, 2009 - 13 answers

2 Macs 1 HD

How can I connect 2 Macs to 1 HardDrive [more inside]
posted by Aya on Jul 4, 2009 - 9 answers

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