Tagged: hard drive

LaCie Updates 2big Dock with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLaCie has updated their 2big dock for desktop creators. This device can hold up to 20TB in a RAID or Mirror format. Compact Flash, SD, USB-A, Dual USB-C (TB3 rated), and Display Port connections so you can dock devices for file transfer, viewing, and more. If you need to go backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 2, you will have to get the Apple Adapter ($49). For content creators, this can allow you to hold over 650 hours of 4K video. You can also chain another 2big to add even more storage if needed. The Thunderbolt 3 version of 2big will be out in the next couple months. No price points have been set. For more information, head to LaCie 2big page.

LaCie D2, Rugged Mini Drives with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhat is so impressive is how LaCie has one of the most noticeable hard drives our there and they’ve been making it for over 10 years. Now, the Rugged Mini is getting a new upgrade to the fast transfer USB-C Thunderbolt 3. Along with a desktop HD model in the D2, you will be able to transfer files at lightning speed. I talk with Lance Ohara, senior direct product Manager at LaCie/Seagate About the LaCie D2 Hard Drive LaCie D2 is a Hard Drive caddy that can hold up to 10GB drives – with 6 and 8 TB models also available. The D2 also allows for daisy-chaining other USB-C devices, such as other D2 drives. It will not RAID the drive, but if you need more than 10 TB, or just want to plug your Rugged Mini in for transfer,  the...

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Instructables.com Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIts not going to be a Taylor, Martin, Atkins, or Guild acoustic guitar but it is your own. Instructables.com is a website to learn how to do things like upscale an old hard drive into a USB flashdrive or make furniture out of old road signs. Today we found out about an effort to make a guitar. The class was held where people spent 5 nights – 6 hours a night to create their own version of an acoustic guitar. We see the frame, fiberglass backing and his finished creation. I tried to play it – unfortunately it needs some more work. But the concept looks pretty solid.

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Geekazine Black Friday Deals to Go For

This year, I thought I would do some searching and find you some great deals that will help you with your Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Tuesday shopping. These are all technology-related items. If you want weird geeky items, check out the Dorkazine Black Friday deals. If you want Podcast items, check out How to Record Podcasts Black Friday Deals. Win a iPad through ZAGG Zagg is giving away an iPad an hour for the next 24 hours! Enter your name and email every hour to be entered. ZAGG’s Black Friday iPad-an-hour Giveaway Kindle Fire If you are looking for a cheap tablet to give this holiday season, I suggest the Kindle Fire HD. It’s a 7″ tablet with Dolby audio, dual band wi-fi and connected to the Amazon store. With Amazon Prime you get instant streaming of movies and TV shows, Kindle books you can check out and...

Kingston HyperX Solid State Drive (SSD) – CES Digital Experience 0

Kingston HyperX Solid State Drive (SSD) – CES Digital Experience

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at CES, we stopped and talked with Kingston. They have been a big part of computer memory for many years – I remember when I bought my first  Megabyte of RAM (at $40 a stick!). It only makes sense they would be expanding to SSD technology. We saw them at Digital Experience, and they were showing off their new HyperX line. SSD technology has advanced to the point where it becomes trusted use for a computer. Most Ultrabooks will contain SSD technology instead of a spinning disc (which is what makes an Ultrabook battery last a long time). Get Kingston HyperX on Amazon HyperX is a Sand force based controller SSD – SATA 6GB with 550/500MB/S. The new HyperX comes with an external drive bay so you can transfer the data before replacing the hard drive. Currently for the 120 GB version seen...

Other World Computing (OWC) Talks Replacing Old Hard Drives 0

Other World Computing (OWC) Talks Replacing Old Hard Drives

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLarry O’Connor fo Other World Computing (OWC) joins Andy on the TPN Live CES coverage. OWC has Solid State Drives (SSD) for computers. We interviewed OWC with Todd and talked about performance. They stopped by and we had some free time, so Larry talked about replacing your existing hard drive with a OWC SSD. Based out of Woodstock IL, the company is there to support your drive. They give you help if your SSD is in the computer, or you put it in an enclosure. Larry also talks about why OWC SSD drives are different from other SSD drives. Andy delves into what the technology is all about. Interview by Andrew McCaskey of RV News Net TPN CES 2011 Live Coverage Sponsors: Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to...

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Toshiba SSD vs HDD Shake Transfer Test

Todd was walking through the Toshiba booth when they saw this shake test. Basically the station was shaking a SSD and HDD at the same time. The idea was to show how data works when the hard drive moves. Moreover, how the SSD drive performs better in this situation. If you have a notebook with a HDD, then you should really wait for the computer to fully go to sleep before putting it away. However, with an SSD drive inside, not only do you not have to wait, it even closes down faster. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Hands On – Dell Inspiron Duo 2

Hands On – Dell Inspiron Duo

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at Dell OEM day, we got to see Scott Hanson’s new Dell Inspiron Duo notebook / tablet. A pretty nice idea – flip the screen and turn the notebook into a touchscreen device. But the question is if it’s a functional device. The machine we looked at had a ATOM Duo 1.4 GHz N550 processor, 320 GB hard drive (SATA, not SSD), 2 GB memory and a 10″ screen. The weight on the machine was 2-3x that of an iPad. We got to play with the DUO for a short time, but I wasn’t really impressed with the machine. To begin with, I am not a big fan of the ATOM processor. It doesn’t seem to work as well, even as a dual core. I always seem to be waiting if I am multi-tasking. The flip to tablet form takes a...

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Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 3

Read Part One. Read Part Two, At the end of Part Two, we had finished preparing the hard drive. Now it’s time to select packages for installation. This is much simpler than it sounds. The selection consists of choosing to install the “base” package or the “base” and “base-devel” (base plus some developer tools) packages. I chose both. Arch next presents a list of the individual items to be installed. If I had, for example, selected the “base” package, I could select additional items from the “base-devel” package at this point. Okaying that screen took me back to the main menu with Step 5: Install Packages highlighted. Pressing enter brings up a dialog informing me that installation will begin; hitting enter again displays a progress window: When this is complete, “Continue” takes you back to the main menu with Step 6: Configure System highlighted. First is choosing an...

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Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 1

I have wanted to play with Arch Linux for some time, but my test computer is currently non compos harddrive (I took the HDD out to help someone else test a different computer). Using Virtual Box, I have been able to do so. Arch is a “build-it-your-way” Linux distribution. The initial install provides a text interface with the standard multiple desktops, a text editor, and not much else. It’s designed so that the user can then download the graphical user interface and programs that he or she wants, as opposed to accepting the decisions made by others. It is not for Linux newbies, not because it’s particularly complicated–the instructions at the website for building the system are very clear–but because someone new to Linux would likely not have enough experience to know what UI and programs he or she prefers. For example, I prefer Fluxbox for a GUI...

Ramblings: Hard Drive Woes – July 3rd, 2010 0

Ramblings: Hard Drive Woes – July 3rd, 2010

It’s been a while since I did a Ramblings. Here we go… Last night I went to record some of July’s Day in Tech History episodes. The audio was lagging – when I stopped processing, it would sit and think. I was able to save the recording, but it took a good 5 minutes to catch up. I finally got it to work better by putting the cache files on another drive. Uh oh… This is the first time in 15 years of PC computing that I have had a hard drive even start to falter in a production machine. Not a good feeling. At least I have good backups. I was able to pull the data off the drives. It just took a while to do. I still have to run the Seagate software, but the bigger question is if the drives are still under warranty. Seagate drives...

LoJack with Computrace and Intel Can Brick a Lost or Stolen Device – CES 2010 0

LoJack with Computrace and Intel Can Brick a Lost or Stolen Device – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS As an IT administrator in a previous life, I know that keeping data safe is key #1. It would have been nice to have this product on all the notebooks in the office. Especially one instance where the employee found a legal way around keeping their machine with all of our data on it. LoJack for Laptops / Computrace creates a partnership with Intel for Anti-Theft Technology – Think of it like a Kill switch if your machine gets lost, stolen, or taken in any way possible. The laptop will be rendered useless until it comes back to the owner, in which they can then turn the machine back on. It litterally Bricks the machine. Andy McCaskey talks with Stephen at CES about this “poison pill” technology. Best part is this option is incorporated in the laptop – Like a...

Diskeeper will keep your Hard Drive Defragmented and Greener using Diskeeper 2010 – CES 2010 0

Diskeeper will keep your Hard Drive Defragmented and Greener using Diskeeper 2010 – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Back in the Windows NT days, you would get a basic copy of this software to defragment the drive. I remember using it all the time to clean up someone’s system. After making all adjustments, people would be amazed how much better the computer ran. We forget nowadays that machines still need to be defragmented so we don’t loose data. That is where Diskeeper 2010 comes in. The system will make sure your running at peak efficiency. It’s preventative tools can keep drives fragment free throughout their life spans. Jeffrey Powers talks with Michael over how the newest version works. With Diskeeper 2010, you won’t have to defragment and defragment again. Greener solutions by keeping the drive organized is the key. Windows desktop machines and Server machines. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo,...

Not Quite Dead Yet – Bitstrips 0

Not Quite Dead Yet – Bitstrips

Something happened to me yesterday that not only took me by surprise, it threw my whole day off. My laptop stopped working. I closed the case to get ready to go to the coffee shop and the hard drive started clicking. When I turned the computer off then back on, the hard drive wouldn’t initialize. I took the drive out of the laptop and ran diagnostics on it. No problems. I ran a full CHKDSK and fixed some bad sectors. I then proceeded in full backup and cleanup mode (removing files, defragmenting, etc). When I popped the drive back in there was no issues. I went on with my life. Not all computers are lucky like that. While I am still not sure what happened, I am lucky it wasn’t broken. The best I can figure is the hard drive might have unseated from the laptop. I am...

This is Not Your Grandpa’s Computer – Geekazine Quickcast 0

This is Not Your Grandpa’s Computer – Geekazine Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnline Meetings Made Easy. Try Gotomeeting FREE for 30 days! www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts Remember Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live in the 80’s? During the “Weekend Update” he dressed up to look like an old man and sit there telling the Kids: “Back in my day…” He would always end the line with being bloody and beat up and “WEEEE LOVED IT!”. This week I was asked the question: Will the student now using a Mac be able to adapt to a PC environment in the workforce? I said Yes and went on with my college story: I used a MAC until 1995. After that, it was a PC until 2005 when I learned Mac environments for work. But even the Windows or Mac of 1998 is not the same of 2008. It really begs the question: What will the machines of 2018 look...

Video Episode #2 – Don’t forget Power Supply 0

Video Episode #2 – Don’t forget Power Supply

Going to upgrade your computer? Don’t forget to update your Power Supply.

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