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Is there a "disk space" analogue to Folding@Home?

Is there an "extra disk space" analogue to the projects to which one can volunteer their extra bandwidth or computing power? Like, instead of Folding@Home using my processor, is there something that will use my disk space (for a good cause)?
posted by philomathoholic on Feb 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Computer hardware: In Over My Head

Help a poor fool fix his computer. New motherboard has only one IDE slot. Have two old hard drives and two old CD drives. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kurtroehl on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Mac busted?

Is my Macbook's HD broken? Unable to boot, more details inside. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Hard Drive Limited to 1.5 GB/sec?

So I'm installing a new Seagate 500GB SATA HDD in my PC, when I notice, for the first time somehow, a jumper that limits the drive to 1.5 GB/s. What's that all about? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Will the cold kill my hard drive?

Will 20 minutes at -20 kill my external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Jan 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Hard drive freezing my computer

Is it possible for a computer to be too old to handle a new hard drive? [more inside]
posted by quoththeraven on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Which is faster? The hare on nyquil or the tortise on crank?

I have a 5400rpm SATA 3.0Gb/s & 7200rpm SATA 1.5Gb/s drive. Wondering which one to put in a laptop (which one would give better performance, if noticeable). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Upal on Jan 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Mac OSX: Where has my hard drive space gone?

Mac OSX: Where has my hard drive space gone? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 24, 2008 - 15 answers

best/easiest way to backup a hard drive

What is the best/easiest way to backup my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Dec 19, 2008 - 18 answers

What to do with my new, big-ass hard drive?

I succumbed to cyber-Monday and bought a 1TB USB 2.0 Hard drive for $100 (AR), shipping included. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Dec 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Need help with a computer diagnosis.

Computer Diagnostic Help and Interpretation, Please: My son inherited an 8-year-old Dell Dimension L933r from his grandpa. It had been upgraded to Windows XP and had an additional hard drive installed. It was working smoothly for us for almost a year, but recently it went into an infinite reboot loop (which we couldn't resolve ourselves) and we took it to an independent computer repair guy (details and questions inside). [more inside]
posted by amyms on Dec 13, 2008 - 16 answers

What is an acceptable fail rate for HDDs?

I am thinking about buying a new hard drive, but all the "amazing deals" I see have a sizable number of reviewers stating that the drive was DOA, or died within weeks / months. How much failure is acceptable? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 12, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I boot off of someone else's internal hard drive on my laptop?

Running XP on my computer, off of someone else's internal hard drive [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Dec 3, 2008 - 10 answers

External USB Hard Drive For Xbox 360

I need an external USB hard drive that will work on my Xbox 360. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Dec 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Where did my other 200 GB go?

How do I recover a 320GB drive that only reads 110GB now? Similar to this [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace on Nov 26, 2008 - 15 answers

To format or not to format a drive with important files on it

Please help me figure out whether or not to format an unformatted hard drive that still has data I need on it. [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Nov 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Why does Eraser crash, or what can I use instead?

The Windows program called Eraser fails partway through erasing unused space on my drive. Why? Or, recommend a different, free drive erasing utility? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Nov 22, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I monitor a disc rewrite process in Ubuntu?

I'm using Terminal (Ubuntu 8.04x64) right now to overwrite a 500g external hd with random information. There's been no action aside from a blinking cursor (by itself on a line, not in front of any prompt) since I entered the command yesterday afternoon:
[sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdc bs=8m]

I understand it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, is there any way to monitor the progress of the operation?
posted by carsonb on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Why does my 60 Gig HD show 12.5 Gig capacity?

Why does my Lenovo ThinkPad T60 running Windows XP 60 Gig HD show 12.5 Gig capacity? Screenshot of the weirdness: http://screencast.com/t/5wUUE5BORI
posted by zalary on Oct 26, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I access my network storage from my new computer?

How can I access my WD MyBook World Network Storage Drive from my new (Ubuntu 8.04) computer now that my old (WinXP) box is dead dead dead? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Rugged travel/storage case for hard drive

Rugged travel/storage case for hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Oct 21, 2008 - 3 answers

I needs my data.

My external hard drive seems to have stopped working. Is there any way to get my data off of it and onto another drive? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2008 - 6 answers

why are my disc drives wonky?

My slave drive doesn't show up at all, and windows seems to think my primary drive has only 127 GB when it should have 500! [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Oct 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Backup solutions?

Best HD imaging software/solution? One large external USB2.0 HD, would like to image the primary partition of several XP computers. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Oct 2, 2008 - 8 answers

need advice on fixing hd partitions

Had a motherboard failure and it affected the hard drive. Big partition is missing and the drive is displayed as much smaller than it actually is. I don't care about the data, but I'd like to use the hard drive again at its normal capacity. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Oct 2, 2008 - 3 answers

UnDead Powerbook - Good or Evil?

Should I revive my Titanium Mac Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by blapst on Sep 14, 2008 - 11 answers

SCSI enclosure on the cheap?

Looking for a DYI SCSI enclosure on the cheap. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Sep 11, 2008 - 7 answers

I just wanna buy the drives naked and have one adapter to rule them all

What is the best solution for having a whole bunch of hard drives and being able to easily swap them around? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Sep 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Hard Drive Purgatory

The Last-External-Hard-Drive-I-Ever-Buy is stuck between heaven and hell. Can anyone please help me figure out how to rescue it? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Data dilemma

JudgeMe: is it ethical to buy a hard drive enclosure for the express purpose of data recovery and then return the enclosure immediately after the data has been recovered? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Aug 31, 2008 - 34 answers

Should I return a HD under warranty if it contained personal info?

Hard Drive Crashed after a week... should I risk a return under warranty if it contains personal info? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Aug 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Can I try to rescue data off my dead macbook?

Looks like my macbook's harddrive just failed. Sucks. Some of my data is not backed up. What should I do before taking it to the apple store? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Aug 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Hard drive access

I had a 5 year old dell desktop that died due to motherboard malfunction about a year ago. I removed the hard drive and am attempting to retrieve the data from it. [more inside]
posted by Candide on Aug 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Strongbad, do you have 400,000 viruses?

My MP3 files are scrambled... but now only on my MP3 player! Is my MP3 player somehow defunct? Are my .mp3 files corrupted? Please help! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Aug 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Laptop Hard Drive Decision - which one is best for my needs?

Which HD would be a better (read: faster) drive for my soon to buy MBP? [more inside]
posted by nokry56 on Aug 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Strongbad, do you have a virus?

Help me figure out what the hellfire is wrong with my .mp3 files? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Aug 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Macbook drive in a PC?

Is there anything that would prevent a working Macbook hard drive from working in a PC notebook? Is there something different about them that makes them not work in a PC?
posted by raddevon on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Software RAID Dies: Which disk is dead?

A disk in your Server2003 software RAID fails: How do you know which physical disk to pull? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jul 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Here a Drive, there a Drive...

What to do with a spare laptop hard drive...please help [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Jul 24, 2008 - 13 answers

How to get my hard drive to recognize other drives.

I have two computer hard drives installed onto one machine, and no CD for the first hard drive. The computer doesn't recognize USB ports nor the DVD drive on one of the hard drives. How can I fix that? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Jul 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me examine my FAT.

How can I figure out what file a particular FAT32 sector belongs to? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Jul 20, 2008 - 3 answers

There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who can deal in binary and those who can't.

How is data on my hard drive retrievable even after it is written over? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Jul 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me keep my apps!

Upgrading HDD in my MacBook. I'd like to preserve my apps and preferences while re-installing Tiger. I have a backup that would be bootable if not for the fact that it's sitting on a non-Firewire external HD. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Jul 15, 2008 - 4 answers

How to protect these drives?

Where could I purchase a bunch of Seagate's Seashell plastic hard drive cases? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Jul 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me backup my system.

Data Backup Filter: I have about 6TB (yes TB, not GB) of data. I need to back it up BEFORE it crashes. I also need a good way to share it on the network. How can I do this? Details within... [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jul 8, 2008 - 28 answers

Moving old data to a new drive

I am upgrading my PC and I have questions regarding transferring my data. This is probably a total newbie question but I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Zaximus on Jul 1, 2008 - 8 answers

How to store hard drives?

Is there a foolproof way of storing internal hard drives for external (hot swappable) use? [more inside]
posted by speek on Jun 30, 2008 - 9 answers

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