hard drives

How can I get data off a broken hard drive?

Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive

Episode 1591

Kathy from Upland, CA

Kathy dropped her external hard drive on the floor and now it's not working. It wasn't even that far. Leo says that's just bad luck: it's likely a broken arm or scratched sector. DriveSavers could fix it, but it's very expensive. And if they can't, then nobody can. This is why you back up. Leo recommends a 3-2-1 backup strategy: three backups, on two different formats, one off-site.

Why's My New Hard Drive Smaller than It Should Be?

Solid State Hard Drive

Episode 1591

Scott from Sherman Oaks, CA

Scott imaged his hard drive using EaseUS. Now he's trying to restore it to a larger hard drive, and it's reading as a smaller size. Leo says that he can repartition the hard drive using EaseUS. There are switches he can enable to do it differently. Or, use Windows Key + X: he will get the Windows 10 partition manager. From there, he can repartition it in the action menu. 

How Large of a Hard Drive can I Get for my Computer?

SATA

Episode 1590

Ron from North Carolina

Ron wants to know how large a hard drive he can put in his SATA drive system. Leo says he won't really want a hard drive that's 15TB. As drive sizes go up, the error rate goes up. So in the long run, multiple smaller drives are better. What Leo recommends getting is an SSD drive for the boot drive, and then use a spinning drive for data storage. 

How can I Clone a "Blessed" Arcade Hard Drive?

 video dart board

Episode 1588

Dana from Granada Hills, CA

Dana has a video dart board which registers a hit on a video screen after people hit the mark. It runs on Linux and he's concerned that the hard drive may die. Can he clone it?  He's read that people are having issues cloning the drive. Leo says that it may look for a serial number in the start up, and if it doesn't see it, it won't boot up. However, it may be found in the master boot record. To clone a hard drive with everything, Leo recommends CloneZilla. It supports just about every format or system. But don't do it over USB.

How Can I Replace the Hard Drive in my MacBook Air?

MacBook Air

Episode 1578

Robin from Rockford, IL

Robin's 2012-13 MacBook Air has finally died. He gets the "blinking question mark." Leo says that the computer can't read the hard drive, and that's a fairly easy fix. But where and how? Leo says to go to OWC. Not only can he get the right drive by looking up the model number, but they also have video tutorials, and will send the right tools to do it. 

Should I Buy an SSD Drive for my Laptop?

EVO

Episode 1575

Marie from San Tan Valley, Arizona

Marie is planning to swap out her 1TB spinning drive for a 1TB SSD drive. Will that hurt her motherboard? Leo says it won't, but there's no need to get one that large. She can get a smaller SSD drive for just her programs, and then connect the spinning drive via an external enclosure for her data. Leo recommends Samsung's EVO brand. The 860 EVO is a great drive, and at $150 it's a great buy. 

How can I move data from my old hard drive to a new computer?

Windows

Episode 1568

Sam from San Francisco, CA

Sam is still using an old Windows XP machine. Leo says that as long as you're not working online, and it's still reliable, it's still OK to use. But can he buy a new computer and still move his old data? Leo says he'd need an interface adapter to connect the IDE drive into a USB drive. Leo recommends the Universal Drive adapter.

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Why are my hard drives constantly failing?

WD Black 1TB

Episode 1565

John from West Palm Beach, CA

John dual boots with Windows 7 and Windows 10 on separate SSDs. Now the SSDs have died. When he replaced them, his power supply died. Did the hard drives do it? Leo says that the power supply may have contributed to the SSDs dying, but not the other way around. After replacing it, his spinning hard drive has died in less than a year. Leo says that large capacity hard drives can die at any time, and the older they get, the more likely they will. They might not fail, though. But after less than a year, it's odd.

Why can't my PC read my new hard drive?

Episode 1561

Roger from Pasadena, CA

Roger has a 3TB drive in his tower and it's getting full. He bought a 4 TB drive to replace it. Copied everything over. Now the drive isn't being read by Windows after he installed it into his Tower. Leo says it could be the size of the drive. But Windows 10 should be able to read it. Leo recommends trying to recopy it while it's installed in the machine. Reformat the drive and try again. Or, just keep the 4TB drive as an external drive. The speed isn't all that important. So if your PC can read it externally, and your internal drive is fine, just keep it that way.