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Why can't Windows read my external hard drive?

Episode 1297

Luiz from El Monte, CA

Luiz has a hard drive that Windows can't read and it wants to reformat it. Leo says chances are that it was formatted with Apple's file system, rather than Windows file system. Leo recommends copying the files off of it using a Mac and then reformat the hard drive to FAT. Then copy it back. The Windows machine will be able to read it then.

Another option is to just buy a second hard drive that is already preformatted in FAT and then just copy them over from the other hard drive with the Mac. Then he'll have two copies, one being a backup. It'll then be a simple drag and drop.

How can I recover videos off a bad SD card?

Episode 1080

Wally from Adrian, MI

Wally has a corrupted SD card and while he can get videos off it, they can't be played. Leo says that if the video file isn't complete, there's a good chance he won't be able to play it. There may be software that can rebuild the corrupted video, but what he really wants is to get every bit of the data off every sector. Leo uses Recuva by Piriform. It's very good. Then, open the files in VLC Video Player. It's the least vulnerable to file corruption issues.

Why does the audio drop out or get out of sync on video recorded with my PC?

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Episode 1055

Chuck from Manchester, NH

Chuck uses his media center computer as a TIVO. His video plays fine, but the audio drops out or is out of sync. Media player doesn't work either. What can he replace it with? Leo says that Windows Video Player can be replaced by VLC Media Player. This may not help if the video is copy protected, though.

How can I stream my pictures to my Apple TV?

Episode 1033

Bernie from Lakewood, CO

Bernie has a bunch of old slides that he transferred to DVD, and then ripped them to his Network Attached Storage, along with image files of discs (ISOs). How can he view them on his network? Leo says that VLC is an amazing video product that will allow him to view it.

What about Apple TV? Leo says no, it can't understand ISOs. But Bernie can use his Mac with Mountain Lion or later to airplay them to Apple TV. He can just open the ISO with a Mac program like Disc Utility and then once it's mounted, he can stream it from the Mac using AirPlay.

How can I get still photos from an HD video?

Episode 997

Aaron from Los Angeles, CA

Aaron's wedding photographer lost half his wedding photos. Leo says job one of a wedding photographer is to never lose the pictures. Aaron does have HD quality video of the wedding, and is wondering if he could get stills from that. Leo says yes he can, but he shouldn't get his hopes up that the quality of the images will match the actual photos. He can take a snapshot as he watches it if the video is on his computer. Leo recommends VideoLan VLC Media Player. Quicktime player would work as well.