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Your Questions About How To Discover New Hard Drive

George asks…

Is it possible to upgrade a ps3 hard drive without a usb or external drive?

I have a 40gb hard drive but its running low on memory, i was doing some research and discovered that its possible to upgrade it, but it requires a usb or external drive to transfer to, i don’t have either with enough memory to hold it all, is it possible to do so without?

New Niche Finder answers:

U dont need a a USB or External HDD, buy a “2.5 inch 5400rpm HDD” with however much space u want up to about 1GB i think and change it.

Lizzie asks…

On the xbox360, is it easy to switch the hard drives?

I want to get an Xbox360. My local Target only has the 4gb version, but I discovered I can switch the hard drive and turn it into a 250gb.

My question is this: Is it easy to switch the hard drives? Is there any risk to doing this? I don’t want to damage my xbox.

New Niche Finder answers:

It’s very simple. I did this recently. I got a 4gb xbox and then bought a hard drive. The 4gb xbox doesn’t have a hard drive in the slot so all you have to do is remove the hard drive cover on the side of the xbox and put the new one in. This isn’t really risky and I don’t see anything that could go wrong, just make sure the xbox is off while you are doing this.

Donna asks…

Can anyone help me access my Atari ST hard drive?

Hello I have re-discovered my Atari ST and separate hard drive in the loft. The ST does not recognise the hard drive and there are some old “Write On” documents that my kids wrote ages ago I would like to salvage. Can anyone help?

New Niche Finder answers:

Your Hard disk connected to ACSI (similar to SCSI) DMA port . Therefore you have to use controller board to connect hard disk to pc.
Pin outs http://old.pinouts.ru/ParallelPorts/AtariAcsiDma_pinout.shtml
http://atari.org/hosted/quickfaq/stfaq_3.htm
http://www.atarimagazines.com/startv3n12/smalltools.html
http://atari.8bitchip.info/MegaSTEACSI.html
http://www.experiment-s.de/en/boards/suska-iii-c/
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/icd-adscsi-plus-st-atari-acsi-scsi-218888383
http://markusfritze.com/atari:atari_tt030_hardware_reference_manual

Charles asks…

How long can my laptop survive with 1 bad sector on my hard drive?

I detected 1 bad sector on my hard drive (there are over 200 other sectors that are healthy, though). How long can my laptop survive with that issue? Assuming that it’s an issue. My laptop is 5 years old. I’m using Windows Vista. And yesterday it started clicking when trying to start Windows, but stopped clicking after a System Restore.

New Niche Finder answers:

“Albert…” gives solid advice.

If you used the ‘check disk’ (‘scan disk’) to discover this bad sector, you could check the box “relocate data” which (when possible) moves data to a reserve sector, then decommissions the bad sector from further use.
It may resolve the issue, but it’s a 50/50 chance.

The ticks are the platter arms trying to ‘recalibrate’; a function that attempts re-alignment of the head to the data so it can ‘read’ the track. When unsuccessful, it retries, and repeats that attempt. Those are the clicks. This low-level process indicates looming failure and can’t be fixed.
At your earliest opportunity back up all data and order a new HDD.

Susan asks…

How can I make my newly installed hard drive my main one?

I just installed a new hard drive in my computer. I now have my old one – A 500 GB hard drive with about 400 GB of files saved onto it – as well as my new one, a 1 TB hard drive that is completely empty. However, I want to have everything on my new hard drive and leave literally nothing on my old one as I intend to replace it with an SSD in the near future. How could I go about safely moving everything from my old hard drive, including the operating system, to my new hard drive (for free) without the fear of losing any files or functionality?

Thanks in advance!

New Niche Finder answers:

Partition Wizard
http://partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
seems to have a decent range of abilities. I just discovered this one today. There is also a boot cd option which is my preference with cloning disks. ( http://partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html ). Once downloaded burn to a writable cd rather than copy and reboot computer with both drives installed and you’ll be able to clone one drive over to the other. Often the drive’s manufacturer will supply bootable cd images from their sites which also have cloning utilities. Also make sure that the MBR transfer over so you can boot the new drive properly. You may have to adjust your bios settings to read from the new drive first if you intend to keep both in the computer.

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