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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2011, 02:41:13 PM »
oh jeezus...

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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2011, 02:51:44 PM »
I thought everyone slept at work?
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« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2011, 08:38:44 AM »
Desktop died a few months ago.  Power on, fans click a few times, then it shuts off.  Figured it was possibly the PSU, bought a new one installed it today...same.

Probably the motherboard.  I could keep buying and tweaking, or I could just upgrade the 4 year old machine.  $600 would give me a great upgrade, anything less isn't worth it. $600 is more than I care to spend as the laptop does fine but it's nice to have a desktop for work.

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« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2011, 09:07:39 AM »
I want to image an XP drive I have, it's really iffy sounding on boot. I have a new MB, memory, dual drives, PS, etc., all ready to go into the shell, but I want to preserve the drive first. It's backed up datawise but I can't find my Office (Pro or something expensive) installation CD and don't want to lose that. Once I find it I want to do a fresh install but till then I need the drive "as it is".

I was going to ghost the drive. Problem is that I cannot, for the life of me, find my ghost CD.

Any free/shareware that works for imaging? I'm at a dunce level for some stuff, this included. I recently did CarbonCopy to update a Mac drive. Anything similar that people have used?

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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2011, 10:17:44 AM »
I want to image an XP drive I have, it's really iffy sounding on boot. I have a new MB, memory, dual drives, PS, etc., all ready to go into the shell, but I want to preserve the drive first. It's backed up datawise but I can't find my Office (Pro or something expensive) installation CD and don't want to lose that. Once I find it I want to do a fresh install but till then I need the drive "as it is".

I could be wrong but if you're using a recent version of office all you should really need is the code. If that's the only thing holding you up I'd check into it.
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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2011, 10:43:18 AM »
I want to image an XP drive I have, it's really iffy sounding on boot. I have a new MB, memory, dual drives, PS, etc., all ready to go into the shell, but I want to preserve the drive first. It's backed up datawise but I can't find my Office (Pro or something expensive) installation CD and don't want to lose that. Once I find it I want to do a fresh install but till then I need the drive "as it is".

I was going to ghost the drive. Problem is that I cannot, for the life of me, find my ghost CD.

Any free/shareware that works for imaging? I'm at a dunce level for some stuff, this included. I recently did CarbonCopy to update a Mac drive. Anything similar that people have used?

I use the Terabyte Unlimited suite at work. We pay for licenses because it's always needed here, however you can download a trial that is fully functional for a set period of time. Once that time runs out, you will not be able to restore that image. They also have a sector-by-sector copy program (copywipe) that works great if you have two spare ports on your surrogate system and don't need or want a backup image. You just copy drive 1 to drive 2. Easy. If the drives are different sizes, you'll have to use a sector level remapping program like Boot-It Ng to expand the drive at the sector level, then set the drive dynamic in Windows and extend it.

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« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2011, 11:37:17 AM »
I want to image an XP drive I have, it's really iffy sounding on boot. I have a new MB, memory, dual drives, PS, etc., all ready to go into the shell, but I want to preserve the drive first. It's backed up datawise but I can't find my Office (Pro or something expensive) installation CD and don't want to lose that. Once I find it I want to do a fresh install but till then I need the drive "as it is".

I was going to ghost the drive. Problem is that I cannot, for the life of me, find my ghost CD.

Any free/shareware that works for imaging? I'm at a dunce level for some stuff, this included. I recently did CarbonCopy to update a Mac drive. Anything similar that people have used?

Western Digital use to have free cloning software on their website.  It was very basic stuff.  It was designed to more all your old data from an older small disk to a new larger disk.  I am not sure if they still have it posted.  I think I have a copy of it if you can't find it.


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« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2011, 09:59:01 AM »
Now that you mention it I may have the WD app too. I'll tackle this in the next couple days.

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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2011, 10:48:29 AM »
I want to image an XP drive I have, it's really iffy sounding on boot. I have a new MB, memory, dual drives, PS, etc., all ready to go into the shell, but I want to preserve the drive first. It's backed up datawise but I can't find my Office (Pro or something expensive) installation CD and don't want to lose that. Once I find it I want to do a fresh install but till then I need the drive "as it is".

I was going to ghost the drive. Problem is that I cannot, for the life of me, find my ghost CD.

Any free/shareware that works for imaging? I'm at a dunce level for some stuff, this included. I recently did CarbonCopy to update a Mac drive. Anything similar that people have used?

I've used this with success before:  http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm


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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2011, 11:00:36 AM »
Anyone have experience with The WD TV Live Plus HD?

I'm torn between getting something like this for playing downloaded movies and some sort of home NAS.  The WD Live plays almost all types of media, buddy has one and loves it.  I need a new home backup solution though and am torn between just getting a 2 or 3TB external drive or a NAS that supports DLNA and and use it for both back and streaming media.
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« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2011, 11:26:54 AM »
I've used this with success before:  http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

 I use their forensic suite. Works well.

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« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2011, 02:49:46 PM »
Anyone have experience with The WD TV Live Plus HD?

I'm torn between getting something like this for playing downloaded movies and some sort of home NAS.  The WD Live plays almost all types of media, buddy has one and loves it.  I need a new home backup solution though and am torn between just getting a 2 or 3TB external drive or a NAS that supports DLNA and and use it for both back and streaming media.


I have no experience with that. However, if I was going to recommend a media center type bit of hardware to anybody, it would be the Boxee box. That thing is a solid little unit. http://www.boxee.tv/

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Re: The Geek Thread!
« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2011, 04:23:55 PM »
Recommend a good wireless router under $50.
Doesn't need a lot of ports; just running a network printer.
It doesn't need to be blazing fast; I'm on Verizon High Speed service and the DSL modem only supports up to 24 Mbps.
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« Reply #43 on: August 29, 2011, 07:52:39 PM »
This is on sale for exactly $50.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190

It's great wireless router made even better when you replace the firmware with this:  http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

I've been running this setup for a few years now with absolutely no issues.  Let me know if you want some pointers for installing the rom and setting up the network.

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« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2011, 08:08:30 PM »
Heh...I think I have that router lying around somewhere.