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Lizzie asks…

What are some good post-hardcore/dubstep bands that use samples from movies in their songs?

I lost all my music recently due to a problem with my hard drive and can’t remember the name of one band that I used to listen to. Plus I kind of want to discover new sample bands too. Before anyone mentions it, I’d like to add that it’s not killwhitneydead or Dr Acula, and the band was similar to The Devil Wears Prada, and Of Mice & Men.

New Niche Finder answers:

Scrillex , best of the year

Joseph asks…

Possible to use the same external hard drive to back up both Windows and Mac systems?

I have a Windows desktop and a MacBook Pro that I’d like to back up on a single external hard drive. The drive is compatible with both units.

I have tried this before with another external drive with similar compatibility, without doing anything special (formatting or anything). I noticed that after backing up the Mac, then the PC, I couldn’t go back to the Mac files while hooked up to the Mac.

The only way I could use the drive again with the Mac was to reformat it completely.

So how do I use one compatible drive to back up both units?

New Niche Finder answers:

Woo. This is an interesting question, thanks.
It is interesting because it shouldn’t be happening. But since it is, there is another factor you have not discovered. The Mac can read the usual formats of PC drives, but PCs will often be unable to read Mac drives.

Since the PC can use the disk after it was used by the Mac, but not vice verse, the problem is occurring in the process you use to back up to the HD from the PC.

I guess you have 2 ways to back up to the HD from the PC: An application that does it for you, or you select what you want backed up and either drag and drop or copy/paste them to the HD.

1. An Application. An application has preferences that might create a disk that is unreadable by the Mac. These could include encryption or partitioning, or formatting with an unreadable method. So, look through the preferences and choose the most compatible prefs that the application offers. If this doesn’t work, get a different application that does not block access by the Mac. One pref I can think of would be one that formats the drive before backing up. Anything that says ‘mirror image’ or ‘complete back-up,’ for example. It might be a bit more trouble for you to have to select what you want backed up, but at least you won’t be formatting the drive.

2. Drag/Drop, Copy/Paste. If this makes the drive unreadable to the Mac, then the drive is not formatted in a compatible way in the first place. These methods don’ t change any basic formatting, as they only update the directory and write to the format that is there already. Use the Mac’s Disk Utility [Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility] to format the HD as a MS-DOS file system.
In Disk Utility, select the first occurrence of the HD, then click on the ‘Erase’ button, then click the drop down menu and select MS-DOS. Then click the lower ‘Erase’ button. This will create a single partition readable by both PC and Mac.
Disk Utility can also create partitions. Each partition can have its own formatting. If the above method fails, try formatting the drive in two partitions, making one a Mac format: Mac OS Extended, and one PC formatted: MS-DOS. You can adjust the size to suit the amount of data each partition uses.

;-D I hope just formatting the HD with Mac’s Disk Utility an MS-DOS will solve the problem.

Thomas asks…

Is there any way to save a PS1 game while using a PS3, aside from using a PS3 memory card adapter?

I’m a huge roleplaying game fan, and some of my favorite games are on the playstation one; rather than lug out the old PS1 or PS2, I started playing Tales of Eternia on the PS3, only to discover that I was unable to save my game directly to the hard drive.

I know already that there’s a memory card adapter for transferring PS2 saves to the PS3 (though I’m not entirely sure if it works for PS1 as well). Does anyone know if there are any hacks for the PS3 that enable you to save PS1 games directly to its immense hard drive? Should the adapter function properly with a PS1 memory card?

Thanks in advance for any answers you may be able to offer.

New Niche Finder answers:

U create an internal memory card and assign a slot number to it on ur ps3. Go to game menu, then memory card utility, then select new internal memory card then u will get options as wot sort of card…ps1 or ps2 then u assign it to slot 1 or 2.

George asks…

How to prepare my laptop in case it gets ceased at the USA border ?

I plan to travel to Florida from Montreal, Canada. Although I traveled with my laptop before on several occasions, I recently discovered that the USA border officials are allowed to take your laptop for an indefinite period of time and do whatever the heck they want with the data. I strongly disagree with this procedure which I consider intrusive.

Now, what are the odds of that happening to me ? (Russian, traveling with Canadian citizenship, 15 years of age)

What can I do (besides encrypting the whole hard drive) to protect my privacy ?


New Niche Finder answers:

Disagree or not, too bad. Our border officials have every right to check what is coming into the country. They could take it, its up to them.

Carol asks…

What does smart failure predicted on hard disk 0 mean?

I am getting this message on my laptop and I have to hit f1, then it goes to start up and I get a blue screen and it does the same thing over and over again.

My computer just crashed a couple months ago and Gateway fixed it all under warranty and replaced the hard drive and now it is doing the same thing again.

New Niche Finder answers:

Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. (sometimes written as SMART), is a monitoring system for computer hard disks to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.

When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T technology, the drive is typically replaced, then being returned to the manufacturer who use these dead drives to discover where faults lie and how to prevent them reoccuring on the next generation of Hard Disk Drives.

What happend to your harddisk is probably the same thing like before. It has failed and needs to be replaced. You should see vendor if it is still under warranty, or you’ll have to get a new harddrive.

I hope this helps.

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