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Cilantro surplus

Quick! I l love it but what can I do with 6 bunches at peak freshness? Need either a storage solution, or a low-fat, low-carb dish/condiment to keep in fridge.
posted by LonnieK on Nov 22, 2015 - 20 answers

Hanging bike from ceiling hooks in metal studs

I'd like to hang my bike upside down from two hooks in the ceiling. This is in a condo in Miami with 1/2" drywall over metal stud framing. I was able to examine the studs by removing a vent cover and they seem awfully flimsy to me, so I'm wondering what would be the simplest and safest method for doing this. The bike weighs about 22.5 lbs. [more inside]
posted by theory on Oct 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I try and and save these drives?

So I have two external hard drives that have issues. I spoke with a local computer repair/data recovery company, they are estimating $350-700 for the pair. The data on there isn't actually worth that much to me. Are there any recovery steps I should try on my own? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Oct 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Upgrading Google Drive Storage Quandry

Google Drive wants me to upgrade my storage by the beginning of October or I will lose my data. But I have a 1 TB promo that lasts until 2017. Should I buy the extra storage? (screenshots included below) [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Storing Passwords

Is a password-protected Excel document a good way to store passwords for heirs? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Sep 24, 2015 - 19 answers

What’s Google know about me? How?

I’ve got questions about Google searches and results. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Birdseed, dog food and potting soil proximity in retail.

Calling on hardware/homegoods/pet/general store folks! I have heard that it is bad to stock pet food next to bags of WILD birdseed and/or soil due to contamination possibilities. Is it ok to put bagged WILD birdseed next to bagged soil? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Waterproof storage for a humid shared basement, not trashbags.

We have a nice small place in a large building. The basement is damp and has had some mold issues and we have no hope that paper (e.g., books) will not be damaged if we put it in normal boxes. But, we also have a growing family and limited space. Some stuff will go to the curb, but we need a waterproof storage solution. Are there waterproof storage solutions that are a step above trashbags in a rubbermaid? Something affordable but decent?
posted by history is a weapon on Aug 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me find a great dedicated Blu-ray shelving unit?

I've been looking so long that I'm about to consider commissioning a custom-built unit — but before I do, is there a great Blu-ray-specific shelving unit that I've missed? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Aug 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Affordable, durable, not hideous kid-space organization?

We live in a small apartment and my kids' toys (Legos, Magnatiles, costumes, many small trucks, trains, and stuffed animals) are slowly driving me insane. Right now, they're in a random selection of plastic bins I've found on Freecycle, but we really need a more compact, attractive solution. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Data Residency Legislation

I am trying to compile any legislation that specifies where and how (geographically speaking) organizations may store data. Where can I find some? What should I search for? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 10, 2015 - 4 answers

What is the easiest way to store clothes without folding them?

What is the fastest, most convenient way to store clothes wrinkle-free without folding them? [more inside]
posted by karakumy on Aug 3, 2015 - 20 answers

What can I store in insulated, but unvented, under-eaves storage spaces?

I just moved into a new house. I want to store things in the under-eaves storage areas. The spaces are insulated, but of course they aren't heated, vented, or cooled, so it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Can I store fabric, or shoes, or anything made of paper in there? I had been planning on hanging a closet rod in one, to use as an off-season clothes closet, but now I'm rethinking it...
posted by chowflap on Jul 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Shelves for IKEA Samla boxes?

I'm accumulating a lot of IKEA Samla plastic storage boxes, particularly the 11 x 7 x 5 ones, using them for toys (Lego, Hot Wheels, etc.). Has anyone found a shelving system that these will fit neatly into? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Jul 28, 2015 - 3 answers

How/where to buy/build an outdoor container for emergency supplies?

As everyone here in the Pacific Northwest freaks out simultaneously about the Big One, I'd like to store our family emergency kit somewhere outside for easy access, just in case. Where/how can I buy/build a container for that? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Is it safe to shoot a compound bow that's been strung for 25 years?

I have a compound bow (about 50 pound draw) that's been in a hard case for about the past 25 years. Is it safe to shoot? Are the limbs likely to shatter? If it's not safe, is there anything I can do to save it?
posted by Caviar on Jul 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me fill all these random drawers!

I have several drawers in my house that I'm not sure how best to use. Metafilter, share your wisdom and help me get organized! [more inside]
posted by pimmscup on Jul 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Minced garlic storage length?

How long does an open jar of minced garlic stay edible in a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Jul 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Locked down storage device

Is there a corporate grade storage device (NAS/SAN) that comes with functionality to prevent all data from being deleted and the only way to access the data is to export it and wrap it with a mandatory password security? More details inside [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Cleaning and preparing things for storage?

My belongings are going to be boxed and stored in a family member's extra bedroom for several months. I know how to wrap everything so that it won't chip or shatter, but should I be doing more? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet on Jun 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Does Mac Time Machine keep a backup of my local Web storage?

Trying to retrieve some local key-value storage info from Google Chrome from 3 hours ago, from before it got erased. Is this posisble? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I deal with silverfish in a move/storage situation

We've got some silverfish at my current apartment, which I'm in the process of boxing up for two months of storage followed by a new apartment (I'm overseas in the meantime). How do I pack up to manage this infestation? My goal is to kill them off during storage if possible, but at the very least to keep the problem from getting worse. (Eg keep the silverfish from migrating from, say, my books to my clothes.) [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

One is the loneliest cabinet that I've never seen

Can I use a single Ikea kitchen base cabinet without mounting it to the wall/using a ledger board? I am moving into a rental that doesn't have any cabinets on the side of the kitchen with the fridge and stove. There is space at the end/in the corner where I would like to put in additional storage. My first thought was a kitchen cart but now I wonder if I could get a single Ikea base cabinet (36 wide). [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Storing household items in an attic

Our house has a large attic space that is easily accessible via a door at one end. It's not completely finished, so it's not climate controlled, but it's fairly safe from bugs/critters. What can I safely store up there for long periods of time? [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Jun 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Online storage to dump files

I have a mass of errata and cruft, plus the usual family pictures, etc. I haven't taken the time to see how large the data set is. What's the easiest online/cloud host to dump all of this in one place ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Jun 6, 2015 - 9 answers

What can I store outside when it might get to 50 below?

I need to pack up a bunch of possessions to store for a year. What can I safely store outside in an unheated shed, given that it might get down to -50°F? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on May 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Unicorn moving, NYC-->PHL edition

For some reason, I have not been able to find a moving service that uses reusable boxes, offers short-term (~1 month) storage, and will move NYC to Philadelphia. Anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Apr 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Nice Rack

What is this rack-thing on my new kitchen wall? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

What is the smallest x86 computer I can buy that supports a 3.5" hdd?

What I really want is an 8TB hard drive with an ethernet port on the back side. The Intel NUC is almost right but it only supports a 2.5" drive at best. Is there a product that does what I want? It must run Linux but doesn't need to be particularly fast.
posted by Skorgu on Apr 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Options for storing my growing collection of movies/music/TV on my Mac?

I own a macbook with 256 GB of space. I used to have a 1 TB backup drive but it broke, along with the majority of my media files; this is the second time in two years that I've had a hard drive go bad on me. I opted for a smaller 256 GB SSD for backup this time around as I heard they're less prone to failing, but it's too small for me to put on much besides my Time Machine backup. What options do I have to store my other files? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Mar 25, 2015 - 10 answers

iPad storage blues

Daughter's iPad 3 Mini tells me it's got 6.9 gigs of photos on it. I've removed all of them, yet this figure is unchanged. The computer it's backed up to has only 1.7 gigs of photos on it. What gives, and how do I zap this?
posted by Wolof on Mar 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Which storage heater to buy?

I have a small, one bedroom flat in London with no access to gas. I want to replace the existing (quite old) storage heater with something more efficient and effective. Which storage heater to choose? Would you have any hints, advice, comments? What should I consider when buying one? Have you got any positive experience with any modern electric storage heaters? [more inside]
posted by dogbert on Feb 26, 2015 - 1 answer

I buy your granddad's tapes...where'd he used to store them?

I have many of my own cassettes from the 80s and 90s and I enjoy thrifting for them, too. How should I store them? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Feb 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Search furnishings by size?

I often find myself looking for very specific furniture or home decor products. For example: right now I'm looking for a square basket (or open container) with a drawer in the base that measures no more than 11 inches wide and 22 inches long, and I was wondering if there was a way to search for home products by size, shape, and dimension in the same way you'd search for clothes by size?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2015 - 3 answers

What to do with all my boxes?

For the first time, I'm moving to an apartment without a patio and storage closet. Looking for creative solutions for still holding onto various boxes while not having my place look vaguely hoarder-ish [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Feb 11, 2015 - 19 answers

Quality sleeve-based CD storage solution

I have over 1000 CDs and am considering transferring them to sleeves in binders (preferable) or drawers (less preferable). Please recommend a good vendor for such a storage system. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 20, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I maximize this small space?

My rental apartment has a hallway nook at the top of the stairs, one side of which is just a bannister. I have a lot of stuff. How do I use this space effectively and attractively? Is there some kind of sturdy and attractive cabinet or wardrobe or portable closet solution? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jan 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Best 1tb external hard drive of 2014

I have looked around in various stores on the web and big box and it seems that Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba are all good candidates. I have 200 gig of pic and documents to back-up so far. Purchasing data recovery plans are mentioned too. Looking for pros, and cons.. Please help me pick a good one. Thanks, have a great new year everybody!
posted by Upon Further Review on Jan 3, 2015 - 17 answers

Filesystem that is readable by both xbox one usb port and android otg?

I want to rip my dvds onto a flash drive and have them be playable on both my nexus 7 2013 and my xbox one. What filesystem will work best for this? Needs to support 5-7gb files
posted by mamamia88 on Jan 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Where do I put my bits?

Help me come up with an external storage solution. I want to move a large amount of data off my computer, but also start performing regular backups of the computer, as well as the migrated data, if possible. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jan 1, 2015 - 17 answers

storage units for smoke damaged house contents - Hudson County NJ

We're looking for storage places in or near Hudson County to stash an apartment's worth of soot/smoke damaged (but not burnt) furniture and books, so they can air out for a bit. Obviously we need a complany that is not bothered by the current odor of the stuff, but we'd also love a place that had electric outlets in the units to run an air filter / scrubber for a while. [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Awkward space filler

I've recently moved to a new apartment, which is low on storage. It has one small clothes closet, and this closet-esque room. It's been referred to as a "pantry", but we're keeping the litter box in there. I just moved one of these tables in so that we can use the space over the litter box. That space is a little over 29" x 29" x approx. 70". Does anyone have suggestions for shelving units or organizers that I can safely stack on the table to maximize storage there for light dry goods and miscellaneous stuff?
posted by ignignokt on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me find an SSD for old laptop?

Hi I want to find a SSD which is: -stable, long life, to be used as primary hard disk for my 5 years old Thinkpad X201 with i5 win7 -240G or above -no speed requirement as if it's better than my 3 years old Intel X25-M 120 GB -preferably no TLC -good price Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Western Digital Black or Blue Externally for Xbox One?

I have an xbox one and space is quickly running out. I have researched harddrives and western digital seems pretty reliable. If it's going to be used externally via a usb 3.0 docking station will there be any benefit to getting a black drive over a blue drive? The difference is about $20. I don't need it right away so I'm doing my research. This is the docking station I will most likely be using seeing how I already have one. http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station/dp/B0099TX7O4
posted by mamamia88 on Nov 6, 2014 - 7 answers

How to clean out the "Other" storage in my iPhone 5S?

My iPhone 5S has a ton of stuff in "Other" storage (iTunes screenshot); I don't even have disk space to do the latest iOS update. I see this is a common problem, surely some of you have a solution? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Space-saving furniture and storage for office/bedroom/studio & more?

What are the latest and greatest for minimalist, efficient use of space for small, multipurpose rooms? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Oct 27, 2014 - 2 answers

archival storage and protection for laserjet/inkjet/xerox material?

Looking for acid-free non-plastic translucent or transparent sleeves or envelopes to fit folded printed paper PDF event tickets of various sizes and similar containers for digest-size and legal-digest (7 x 8.5 in ) xerox zines. Any leads? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Need to buy a 30Tb hard drive, what are my options?

My question is should I go with an enormous Linux raid or a dedicated NAS, and which hardware? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind on Oct 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Roommate and bed issues

My old roommate is out of the country for eight months and will be living somewhere else when he returns. He left his bed in my apartment because he didn't have another place to put it. So I have a new roommate. New roommate didn't like the old bed, bought a new, larger one. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 26, 2014 - 21 answers

Resource for size-specific plastic storage boxes?

I have a semi-fragile object for which I would like to find a 16" x 16" x 16" plastic (rubbermaid-type) storage box/tote/bin. Googling for specific sizes is frustrating. Anyone know where I could find or cross-reference specific sized boxes?
posted by sarajane on Sep 20, 2014 - 7 answers

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