Category Archive: Hard Drive

Aug 30 2013

Move Your Spotify Cache Folder

Here’s a quick tip. If you’re using a solid state drive then you are probably trying to scrounge as much free space particularly if you’ve only got a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive. If you’ve got a hard drive then you’ve probably shifted larger stuff over to it that doesn’t require the speed as …

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Jul 07 2012

Hard Drives with Bad Sectors Living on Borrowed Time

This might seem fairly obvious for those of us in the know but something I thought was worth spelling out for everybody. A lot of us are used to the concept of reinstall or repairing software when something happens to it as a result of a bad shutdown, loss of power or something else. It …

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Apr 25 2012

Slow or Infinitely Long Shutdowns on Mac OS X

Just thought I’d share a potential solution for a problem that I faced today. The copy of Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro had never been activated and given that I hadn’t used it in ages I thought I’d wipe it and replace the Windows installations on the laptop with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. …

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Dec 19 2011

The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Hard Drive Warranties

This news may take a little while to trickle through to regular consumers but I wanted to draw attention to the fact that Western Digital and Seagate are going to alter the warranties offered with their hard drive around the end of this year. In short, Seagate will be slashing the five years warranty down …

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Dec 14 2011

Holy Hard Drive Prices!

While the tech heads out there would have seen this coming the regular user probably didn’t so I thought this was worth mentioning. It wasn’t long ago when you could buy a 2TB hard drive for around $100 which was pretty good. However, prices of all hard drives may soon rise due to widespread flooding …

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Oct 16 2011

Check a Power Supply Unit’s Efficiency

Here’s a tip for people looking to build a new computer or upgrade their existing one. Most things inside the computer will require power measured in “watts”. To put it simply, this measures the rate at which electricity moves through a circuit. One watt (1W) is equal to one joule of energy consumed in one …

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Sep 30 2011

Update Your DriveBender Beta License Key

Here’s a quick tip for tonight. If you are running Windows Home Server 2011 on a box at home and you are using DriveBender to reimplement the missing “Drive Extender” technology that was stripped out in the new version then you might need to know that the current beta expires tonight (if it already hasn’t …

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Sep 27 2011

Panasonic DMR-BWT800 Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Recorder Launch

The 2011 Panasonic Blu-ray DVD Recorder Range

Tonight, I attended a launch event with a number of the Insider Crew for the Panasonic DMR-BWT800 Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Recorder (henceforth called “the recorder”) at Panasonic HQ in Macquarie Park. This was the first time that we had a go at live streaming the event so that Insiders who weren’t lucky enough …

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Sep 12 2011

“About This Mac” Just Got Friendlier

Here’s another tidbit of information about Mac OS X Lion. If you are unaware, the “About This Mac” screen has been refreshed to be a bit more user friendly compared to versions of Mac OS X prior to Lion First up is the “Overview” screen which looks a bit cleaner and even includes a picture …

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Jul 30 2011

Classic Windows Gaming: WinTrek

Just a quick one for tonight (and a bit of nostalgia for me too). Back in school I remember the time when we moved away from our fleet of Apple IIe computers (and a sole Macintosh which the school had won in a Coles shopping docket collection competition) and upgraded to IBM compatible machines (can’t …

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