Category Archives: Hard Disk

Hard Disk DIY – How to Recover Your Hard Disk Data!

About 6 months back, I accidentally deleted all my files off one of my web servers.  What happened was that I tried to mount an old hard disk to my new web server but accidentally used the linux format command while following some instructions online.

Of course, it happened way too quickly and there was no way to recover my data easily because the old hard disk was also on the brink of failing, which was the reason why there was a new web server in the first place.

I am no novice to these happenings though, when I got my first 386-DX 25Mhz computer back in 1989, I pro

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Hard Disk Hack – How to Make Strobeshnik Hard Disk Clock when Hard Disk Recovery is Impossible!

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We all have those times when hard disk recovery is simply impossible, your data is probably lost forever and before you know that hard disk might be heading to the trash bin.

But why not recycle it into a hard disk clock? We have features a ton of great hard disk clocks before, here’s another one named Strobeshnik from Russia made with a custom AVR controller, motor controller, and LEDs.

Strobeshnik uses stroboscopic effect to create the il

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Harddisk DIY – How to Duplicate Hard Drives with Ease!

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For those of you who need to duplicate your hard drives with ease, there’s a hardware for that.

The Aleratec HDD Copy Cruiser can duplicate your hard drives and also doubles as hard drive dock, meaning you can access your hard drives via USB.

The HDD Copy Cruiser Mini is both a powerful HDD duplicator and a versatile HDD docking station in one lightweight, portable device. This essentional t

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Apple Hack – How to Remove and Rehouse Apple Time Capsule Hard Drive!

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One of the drawbacks of buying Apple products is probably its over-priced repair costs.   For those of you who’s Apple Time Capsule has gone bad and your warranty expired, you might want to try fixing it yourself.

Get your case put together, plug everything in, hook the drive to your computer before you turn on the power to your drive.  After being dead for more than a week, my time capsule(which I named The Delorean)

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Best Portable Hard Drive Review!

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For those of you who need to back up a lot of stuff like me, it might make sense to carry a good portable hard drive.

In this review, I will review some of the best portable hard drives you can get with pros and cons.

First, for those of you who want the “fastest” transfer speeds for backups, you will want a firewire connection to your PC or Mac.  Most Macs support firewire while it will depend for PCs.  (You can get a firewire card too by the way.)

For Mac users and PC users who must have the “fastest”, the

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DIY Hard Disk Art! [Recycled Art]

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These are definitely some of the most amazing recycled art using old hard disks.  I give it “2009 hard disk art of the year” award.  🙂

P.S. keep up the great work Rivera!

Rivera’s first sculpture was made out of a standard 3.5-inch hard drive, and designed to evoke a car. “It wasn’t really difficult putting this one together since I didn’t have to modify anything other than the cover — everything else just screwed on,” he says. It took 33 hard drives — each wheel made of eight discs from gutted drives, and one intact drive for the

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BlackFriday – Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB and 2TB Hard Disks Sale!

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If you have been looking for some awesome deals on mass-storage hard drives for black friday, take a look at these 1.5TB and 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA hard disks.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB SATA 32 MB – $97.99 on Amazon Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB S

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Hard Disk Life and How to Maximize Hard Disk Life!

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I’ve always wondered how long a hard disk’s life is if you left it on 24 hours a day (which I do with some of my server computers).

Well on average, according to this site,

The average service life of a hard disk is usually given as “5 years or 20,000 hours.” This means if a hard disk operates 24 hours a day, you will need to replace your drive with a new one every 1.5 to 2 years. (For specification details, refer to your hard disk drive’s user manual.) The measure

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DIY “POV” Hard Drive Clock!

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This has to be the most “awesome” POV hard drive clock I have seen so far.  Not only it tell time, it does it in the most stylish fashion imaginable using RGB LEDs and rotating discs.

I’ve seen a handful of hard drive

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Cloud Hack – How to Build a cheap Perabyte Cloud Server for under $120K!

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Okay, I admit it, I am not an Apple fan boy, I am a linux fan boy, let’s forget about bad PR just for a minute here as I don’t really like getting mad anyways.

The BIG NEWS this week is that there’s a way to build a Perabyte (or 1,000,000 gigabytes) Cloud Server for under $120,000.

BackBlaze, a company that provides unlimited online backups for just $5/month, has just released their company’s secret.  They can build this “

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