RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 140,348
Posts: 5,445,469
Members: 24,967
Currently online: 554
Newest member: Fubar

TrekToday headlines

Kruge Bobble Head
By: T'Bonz on Oct 30

Two Trek Actors In Green Room
By: T'Bonz on Oct 30

Trek UglyDolls First Look
By: T'Bonz on Oct 29

New Star Trek Select Action Figure
By: T'Bonz on Oct 29

Trek Actors In Elsa & Fred
By: T'Bonz on Oct 29

The Red Shirt Diaries #9
By: T'Bonz on Oct 28

Greenwood Cast In Truth
By: T'Bonz on Oct 28

Cumberbatch In Talks For Strange
By: T'Bonz on Oct 28

Two New Trek Bobble Heads
By: T'Bonz on Oct 27

Meaney On Playing Historical Figure Durant
By: T'Bonz on Oct 27


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Science and Technology

Science and Technology "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old June 24 2013, 10:29 PM   #1
Danny99
Vice Admiral
 
Danny99's Avatar
 
Location: Cookstown, Ontario, Canada
Did I Break My Hard Drive?

I have a external drive hooked up to my Windows PC to back up all my music, but I get most of my music off of my MacBook. I know they usually don't play well together, but I haven't had a problem in three years or so.

The music I have been gathering is .mp3 but now it won't transfer over when I try to switch it from laptop to PC by plugging in the hard drive into each.

I also tried to use Google Drive to transfer them and they still don't want to go, which leads me to think it's the music and not the drive.

What do you guys think?
__________________
The poster previously known as canadaboy_32
Danny99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 25 2013, 12:12 PM   #2
Metryq
Captain
 
Metryq's Avatar
 
Re: Did I Break My Hard Drive?

With the Mac, check the "permissions" on the hard-drive found in the Info window (Cmd-I). You might want to run the drive through the Mac's Disk Utility app and "repair permissions" from there. I'm guessing the drive is formatted for FAT32, which almost every computer on the planet can read. I'm not sure if Disk Utility's tools will all work on FAT32, but it won't hurt to try.

(If you were handling files over 4 GB, you could also use a drive formatted for NTFS. The Mac can read NTFS, but not write to it—at least not without third party help. NTFS-3G is one option and Paragon NTFS is another.)

If that works, you can at least copy the files and worry about making the two systems talk later. You might consider an NAS (network attached storage) drive. I know that Win7 "broke" the easy connectivity of WinXP. I haven't touched Win8 yet (ha-ha).
__________________
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo
Metryq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 7 2013, 04:04 PM   #3
Danny99
Vice Admiral
 
Danny99's Avatar
 
Location: Cookstown, Ontario, Canada
Re: Did I Break My Hard Drive?

So I changed the location of the hard drive to a more ventilated area and straightened out the cord and poof, it works?

Could it be that simple?
__________________
The poster previously known as canadaboy_32
Danny99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 7 2013, 04:17 PM   #4
Metryq
Captain
 
Metryq's Avatar
 
Re: Did I Break My Hard Drive?

Glad to hear that the drive is working again. Could it be that simple? Not likely. At least, not based on what you've told us here. For example, if "straightening out the cord" fixed a poor connection, then the drive should not have mounted in the first place. If the drive mounted and played files, but would not transfer them... I really don't think straightening out the cord would do it. It's not a garden hose with a kink in it, after all.

When I was first learning to troubleshoot, a friend told me, "If a machine doesn't work at all, the problem is probably easy to fix. If the machine works, but not quite right, then it's going to be a difficult fix."

Again, glad to hear it's working again.
__________________
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo
Metryq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 8 2013, 11:00 AM   #5
Retu
Lieutenant Commander
 
Location: Finland
Re: Did I Break My Hard Drive?

Bad SATA connector can make a hard drive do pretty weird things. I had a hard drive that was detected normally both by Windows and BIOS. Still the drive would sometimes refuse to transfer data, suddenly stop working altogether or just plain crash the system.

I was about to throw the drive away since it was "obviously" dying, even if all the diagnostic programs showed that it was intact. As a last ditch effort I decided to swap the data cable, since a couple of euros is still a lot cheaper than spending 50+ euros for a new hard drive. And hey presto! The drive started working again without any problems.
__________________
"God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday."
-Sir William Bragg
Retu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.