hard drives

Are there advantages to plugging my external drive into my router instead of my computer?

USB hard drive

Episode 1132

Mark from Chatsworth, CA

Leo says this would just be different. Instead of being a local drive to his computer, it would become a network mounted drive. Copying files would go over the Wi-Fi network, which would be fairly slow compared to being plugged into directly to the computer. The advantage is that the drive would become accessible to other computers on the network, turning it into a NAS, or Network Attached Storage.

Why does it take so long for Carbonite to backup my hard drive?

external hard drive

Episode 1130

Daryl from Los Angeles, CA

Daryl wants to know how long Carbonite will take to backup his hard drive. Leo says to take 740kbps x 60 then divide by 10. 10 KB per minute. If he does the math, it takes quite a bit of time. Carbonite knows this and as such, Daryl can request to have a hard drive sent to him and then he can back up his system and sent it back.

How can I bypass a hard drive lock?

Hard drive

Episode 1122

"Old Geek in the Bronx" from New York

"The Old Geek in the Bronx" has an issue with a computer repair that the Geek Squad did, where they password protected the hard drive preventing access to the system. The Geek Squad denies they did it! Leo says that searching for "cracking a locked hard drive" on Google, he can find some solutions. Dell says they can unlock a hard drive if he would ship it to them. Hard drive passwords are very secure and difficult to break. And he'll probably have to buy gold support from Dell to do it, but he can.

Why can't my computer see all of my hard drive?

Hard drive

Episode 1114

James from San Diego, CA

James just bought a 3TB hard drive, But Windows XP only sees less than a TB. Leo says that's not surprising. The bios of the computer may not see all the hard drive, but the OS is so old that it may not see it all either. For 3TB, he would need GUID. He can partition the drive into smaller chunks, though. He'll need a disk manager to do it. The XP Disk Manager should be able to handle it.

How reliable are SSDs?

SSDs

Episode 1114

Sean from Rhode Island

Sean has heard that SSDs lose sectors over time. Leo says all hard drives do that. SSDs, though, use wear leveling to make sure that all sectors wear out equally. That's why he uses all SSDs in his computers -- they're very robust. SSDs are now getting cheaper in price, too, making it affordable to use for everyone.