Category Archives: Hard Disk

How to Install SSD (Solid State Drive) Hard Disk on Your Laptop!

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Yesterday, I installed my very first SSD (Solid State Drive) because my ASUS UL30Vt‘s hard disk suddenly died on me. Of course, I remembered that SSD can be a great enhancement for your laptop or desktop because the file transfer rates are near 200MB+/s in real life and 2-4X faster on most IO tasks.

Anyways, installing SSD on a laptop can be pretty darn easy. In fact, all I really needed to do was unscrew about 8 screws then sc

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How to Backup and Restore your Computer(s) FREE!

There are far too many tools you can pay for to backup and restore your computers out there but for those of you looking to save a dime, perhaps because you run your own business, you might want to look into Clonezilla, which allows you to backup multiple computers (like upto 41) in just 10 minutes.

Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machin

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Mvix Ultio Pro HD Media Player Review! [Best Standalone Bittorrent Device]

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For those of you looking for a new HD Media Player to use it as storage and as a standalone Bittorrent device, Mvix Ultio Pro HD Media Player is probably what you are looking for.

The Ultio Pro media player is compatible wit

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Hard Drive DIY – How to Build a DIY Wooden External Hard Drive!

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For those of you who want a portable, external portable with more wooden and natural “feel”, you might want to think about building your own DIY wooden enclosure using your WD Passport.  This is a great way to accompany your DIY Wooden PC btw.  (Also see

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Windows 7 Hack – How to Make Your External Hard Drive Faster with Write Cache!

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The other day, I literally “doubled/tripled” my external USB hard drive’s transfer speeds from just around 30Mb/s to near 100Mb/s.

By default, write caching is turned off on external hard drives (for USB), if you turn it on, you will be able to take advantage of write cache that allows you to make faster writes.

Of course, don’t forget, you will need to use the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon when you remove your external hard drive.

2-3 times faster performance is definitely worth doing this.

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Best and Fastest External Hard Drive Review!

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For those of you searching better ways to manage your photos, videos, and other data.  Whatever they maybe, probably the best way to back them up is via an external hard drive.

An external hard drive comes in handy because it’s portable and you can always carry one along with your laptop.

I’ve been in the search of best and fastest external hard drives out there for few weeks now so let me show you some of the “best” and “fastest” options out there.

Also, let me note before we begin our review that the “best” external har

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Back to School Sale – Best Deals on Laptop, HDTV, HardDisk, and Wireless Printer!

For those of you looking for the “best” deals on laptop, hdtv, harddisk, and wireless printer, check out some of these great deals:

It doesn’t get better than this, if you have been looking for a powerful laptop for back to school, this ASUS T4400 2.2Ghz Laptop is on sale for just $414.99!

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Also, a refurbished 32-inch 1080P Vizio HDTV going only for $355.56, certainly a great dorm room HDTV your college kid will appreciate!

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How to Install OpenWRT on Seagate StarDock! [Embedded Linux]

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For those of you who want a small embedded linux to play around with, go on ahead and turn your Seagate StarDock into a linux system by hacking OpenWRT linux into it.

OpenWRT is an open-source linux operating system built for hacking routers and whatnot.  This probably isn’t going to turn your

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Seagate 1.5TB HardDisk Super Sale!

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For those of you who have been waiting to get some real extra storage for your computer, Seagate 1.5TB harddisk is now only $75.99 on Amazon, slashed from its regular $199.99 price. If I were you, I’d pick up couple of these for some hefty personal storage for all your videos/photos.

$75.99 on Amazon

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Fan Hack – How to Make a Hard Disk PWM-Controlled Fan!

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My friend Alan over at HackedGadgets has done it again!  He needed to cool his external (networked) hard drive more efficiently, so he made a hard disk PWM-controlled fan that automatically detects how fast the hard disk is working and adjusts accordingly.

I have an external Ethernet enabled hard drive that is connected to my LAN and it gets lots of use. I have noticed that after a few hours of hard use the case is quite hot to the touch. I’m sure the design is fine and the heat that is generated is within the tolerance of the drive but I wanted to give it some ventilation

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