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Requested SSDI hearing, benefits stopped anyway

I requested an SSDI hearing within the amount of time needed to continue my benefits. I spoke with the office twice, in person, to ensure that I had done what I needed to to continue my benefits. As my benefits didn't arrive today, I have done some frantic searching and determined that SSA never gave me the form that said, yes please, I would like benefits continuing, although I have proof as to when I asked for the appeal. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Apr 16, 2014 - 9 answers

 

Computer upgrades for gaming - Johnny Five Alive edition

Looking to upgrade my 2009 gaming beast. It still serves well, but I know there are vast improvements I can make for relatively little money to the GPU, RAM and HD. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Apr 10, 2014 - 11 answers

BIOS not detecting laptop SSD, but Windows XP installer does?

After a hard drive failed me, I tried replacing with an SSD, but neither BIOS nor Ubuntu from a USB could detect it. But for some reason, an XP installation USB could detect it, but said it was corrupt. Any ideas on what to try next? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Apr 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

SSD & system restore

Is there any consensus about whether, on balance, it's tolerable or terrible for SSDs to leave system restore on or off?? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Separating OS and Apps and Files on a Macbook Pro with 2 Drives

I am planning on using an OWC Data Doubler to replace the optical drive in my mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro with a 120GB SSD. My plan is to use the SSD for the OS and applications and then use the HDD for files. I have a Time Machine backup and a Super Duper clone of my HDD. However, I some questions about the easiest way to reformat the drives after the installation is complete. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Feb 12, 2014 - 7 answers

New Windows 7 install on SSD needs tweaking

How do I obtain or find the necessary files/drivers etc. to make the new O/S connect to the internet (and generally play nice from day one)? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Feb 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 14 answers

SSD 1 partition, how to shrink?

I have a windows laptop with only 128G SSD hard drive, which is not partitioned, only with one partition C: . I want to install Linux aside from the original windows 7 so I can have double OS. There are about 15G empty space I gues it's enough. I think I need at least two partitions in order to do this. So I went to Computer Manage storage trying to shrink the C:, however, it shows 0 shrinkable space. Why is this? Should I run Disk Defragment? Anyone can help me out? And it's appreciated if you can give me some detailed step by step instructions, ie, how to mount partitions. I'm a newbie to linux and what I'm trying to install is elementary OS Luna. if you can share with me some introductory articles on the basics of the system adminiatraion, OS install stuff it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

SSD:OSX:SUV::

I would like to upgrade the harddrives on my dad's 2008 macbook pro and my wife's 2010 macbook to SSD. I have questions? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Jun 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Need info on benefits for newly unemployed, disabled Chicagoan

A dear friend of mine has gone through a brain injury which has rendered him unable to work in his field for an uncertain amount of time. I'm trying to run down any benefits he might be eligible for so he can keep it together until he recovers. [more inside]
posted by sldownard on Jun 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Moving to SSD, moving iTunes, overthinking beans

I am adding an SSD as a boot drive in my Mac Pro. I am comfortable installing it, and intend to clone the existing boot drive onto it with SuperDuper! However, I'm confused about how and WHEN to move my documents, iTunes library, etc. in the process. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

My new Samsung SSD cloning software doesn't work

I have a problem with my new Samsung SSD cloning software - it doesn't work. I keep getting the following error message: "external exception EO6D7363". The new drive is recognized by Win 8. [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Apr 4, 2013 - 1 answer

SSD for a mid 2010 MacBook Pro

Just did my taxes, and I'm getting a refund! Help me pick out the right SSD for my aging laptop... [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Mar 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Mountain Lion, New SSD - what's destroying my battery life?

So, I've made the fatal mistake of performing several upgrades at once, and I could do with some advice on where to go now... is my problem with charging time and battery life my new SSDs, my new OS, or something else entirely? Generic snowflake details to follow: [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Speeding up Lightroom on Mac Pro

I use a mid-2009 Mac Pro for photo editing / cataloging in Lightroom. Performance has been increasingly unsatisfactory. Looking for your advice re: upgrades to the Mac Pro, or perhaps getting a new Macbook Pro. Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Hoping to make my hdd time travel forward

I moved an SSD to a new system. Now I can't access files on the old hdd that were created during the time the SSD was a part of that old system. Can they be brought back to life? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Offsite / Offline Data Storage

I would like to keep an offsite backup of certain files (various financial docs, my iTunes library, and some photos)--say, 200 gigs total. I've considered storing them online with Crashplan, but the cost of the unlimited plan for multiple computers (mine and SO's) and the bandwidth to push that data out leave me meh. Thinking of getting another HD and keeping it at work. Can I run something by you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Choices, Choices, Choices!

[MAC FILTER - Follow Up] Upgrade the HDD and RAM? Buy a new-but-used MBP? By New MBP? What would you do? Intermittent Flurries Inside [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Dec 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Coffee is a work expense because it just is

What, if any, are some good free legal resources for those wanting to understand how ssd counts work expenses? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Dec 10, 2012 - 1 answer

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Best practices for upgrading MBP RAM and HDD?

[MACFILTER] Best way to upgrade my Mid-2009 MBP? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Nov 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Replicating drives

Could you please step me through replacing my current HD with an SSD? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

1 SSD & 2 HDD (One of the HDD isnt showing any more). Need help!

I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files. I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I upgrade the SSD I boot from?

What's the best way to upgrade my hard drive on my desktop? I have a 40GB SSD that I boot from, and I want to upgrade that to an 80GB SSD. What's the best way to move all of my information from the old drive to the new one, and then have the computer boot from the new drive? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 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

SSD Capacity and Cost predictions

I'm interested in getting an SSD drive for my MacBook but the storage capacity isn't big enough and they are too expensive. Are there some Moore's Law type indicators for SSD technology that might help predict at what point in the future, say, a 750GB drive might cost less than $500?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jul 28, 2012 - 10 answers

How to transfer OS to a new drive but preserve current data?

How can I go about transferring my OS to a new SSD but leave my other programs without totally breaking everything? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jul 23, 2012 - 11 answers

I need to send images and stop sending drives.

PC Tech filter: What's a common disk-image format that I can use for storing images of bootable flash media? Sending new media to customers so slow and expensive. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me go from one drive to two.

I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro. I am installing a 64GB SSD (for OSX Lion and applications) and and then repurposing my stock HDD as my drive for my Home folder (documents, etc) using an OWC Data Doubler (installed in my optical drive spot). I have a bootable SuperDuper backup and many Time Machine Backups (on external drives). Once everything is installed, how can I transfer everything from backups to their new locations without losing all my preferences, bookmarks, etc. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I put an SSD in my MBP?

I'm just curious, but if I install something like this, would it invalidate my (purchased separately) AppleCare on a year-old MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Err, BIOS? I thought that was a kind of break in WoW...

I've order a bunch of computer parts from Newegg and am going to build my own computer, hopefully not wrecking anything in the process. (I even picked up an antistatic cuff and mat today, to be safe) Thing is, I'm thinking of adding an 100-120gb SSD to the parts list to go along with the 1TB spinning hard drive. How do I set up having two hard drives like this, with the OS and other often-used essential programs on the SSD and everything else on the "slow" drive? I'm new at all of this--I don't think I've ever even looked at a BIOS before, let alone assembled a system. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Mar 31, 2012 - 15 answers

MacBook Pro w SSD?

Any Mac gurus out there ready to predict when we can expect a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive, like the Air, as a standard feature? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Feb 14, 2012 - 20 answers

OS on SSD, Users on HDD: Did I break Win7?

I have a brand new Windows 7 system with a small SSD and a large HDD for data. OS is installed on the SSD. I manually moved the ProgramData, Program Files/(x86) and Users folders to the HDD. Wondering what I might have broken in the process, and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jan 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me speed up my SSD in my MBP!

I installed an SSD into my early-2011 13" MacBook Pro. It's working great, but the benchmark tests don't come close to advertised speeds... [more inside]
posted by smitt on Jan 5, 2012 - 7 answers

An ancient lie that is no more?

Are GBs given for SSD capacities actually GiBs (2^30 bytes each) or standard "hard disk GBs" (10^9 bytes each)? [more inside]
posted by themel on Jan 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How to pick SSDs

How do I decide what the best (balancing reliability and speed) SSD (SATA II) is, for x dollars?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Choose-my-laptop-filter

Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 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

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

Diagnosing dead SSD laptop.

Help me think right about diagnosing my dead SSD laptop. [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Sep 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation.

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation. [more inside]
posted by schmoppa on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me select an SSD.

I am considering installing an SSD in my Macbook Pro, and I am looking for suggestions as to which one to choose. Specs for my Macbook Pro are inside. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Halp me trim down my Mac system drive to fit a ssd

SSD's for Mac Pro (NOT a laptop): I'm thinking about adding a smallish one of these to a 3-year-old Quad-Core Xeon desktop and can't find any descriptions about how exactly to split out storage (Documents, Pictures, Mail, Downloads, etc.) from apps and System files. I.e., how to install Snow Leo and apps on the ssd so they use another standard internal drive for all their storage, etc.? Anybody done that? Thank you!
posted by dpcoffin on Apr 22, 2011 - 10 answers

SSD Tips

Hoping for reliable info on appropriate care and management of modern SSD drives. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Apr 19, 2011 - 6 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

Installing a SSD and Win 7 on an older laptop

Reality check on upgrading my trusty Dell Latitude D820 (Win XP, 2GB) by adding a Crucial 128 GB SSD and upgrading to Win 7. [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

daddy, i want more io

How to maximize IO for a fairly large dataset to a single machine? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Mar 1, 2011 - 8 answers

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