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Does “Stopping” USB drives actually affect the drive?

I have always just unplugged my USB drives from my computer for years and nothing bad has happened; but I heard that you are supposed to use "Safely Remove Hardware" before removing a drive. What does ...
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Best way to get data off a computer with no support for USB or Ethernet?

A customer has a computer running Windows 98 (I know, cringe) and needs to take some data off the computer to put on a new laptop. I've tried using USB, but Windows 98 doesn't have USB storage ...
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What is the difference between a kibibyte, a kilobit, and a kilobyte?

This question got me wondering about the differences between these three ways of measuring size: a kibibyte, a kilobit, and the conventional kilobyte. I understand that these measurements have ...
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Transferring a large amount of data between continents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free way to share large files over the Internet? What are some options for transfering large files without using the Internet? My wife's lab is doing a project here in ...
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What data transfer rates are needed or streaming HD 1080p or 720p video, or standard quality video?

Want to know data transfer rates for streaming video, such as from an external hard drive, or from an NAS or a home network. All I'm asking about is the data transfer speeds for clean video streaming. ...
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How to search for newline or linebreak characters in Excel?

I've imported some data into Excel (from a text file) and it contains some sort of newline characters. It looks like this initially: If I hit F2 (to edit) then Enter (to save changes) on each of the ...
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transfer windows + data from laptop to desktop

I have an old laptop where all my applications (windows, office, itunes, and other apps) and all my data (music, home made video, pictures, documents). i want to transfer this laptop windows and data ...
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Copy Files over unstable connection

I need to copy a large number of files to a hard disk drive over USB, but the connection to the drive will randomly fail, causing the drive to appear as though it is unplugged and immediately plugged ...
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Can data tapes be recorded/played on a standard cassette recorder? [closed]

I just bought a TRS-80 PC-1 pocket computer with a tape deck interface. The tape deck has 2 standard 1/4" Mono jacks (input [speaker] and output [mic]) and 1 smaller one labeled "Remote". None ...
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An abnormal high pitch sound is coming from my hard drive

My hard drive is making a high pitched sound. And it has now for a few months, however in the past week or so the sound has gotten worse. What surprises me is that my laptop is not even a year old. I ...
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How do I test the speed of file transfers on my LAN?

I have a Macbook Pro (wirelessly connected to the Internet) and a G5 tower (connected via ethernet). The MBP wirelessly backs up to an external drive on the G5 tower. I would like to know how fast the ...
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External Hard Drive reformatting and data

I have an 100Gb external HD with bunch of stuff that was originally formatted to windows XP. I now have a mac and want to re-format the external to work with my Mac but dont want to lose the valuable ...
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How long (maximum length) can USB 2.0 signal travel using hubs?

I know that the maximum distance USB 2.0 cable can be is 5mtrs. I'm not sure of the implementation using hubs and the length it can reach. Are there alternate methods of increasing the signal to ...
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Insane Burst of Copy Speed?

Check out the graph of this drive (SSD) to drive (7200 RPM) copy below. When I first started the file copy it bursted up to past 700 MB/sec. Then, after bursting, it flatlines at ~100 MB/s for the ...
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How do I move my PC to a VM instance?

Is there a way for me to take my current PC and transfer it to a VM running on the same machine or another machine? I am currently running Windows XP.
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How to execute a stored SQL procedure in Microsoft Excel?

How can I execute a stored procedure in Microsoft Excel and get all the data it returns?
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Server to Server transfer

I am currently trying to migrate my website from one host to a newer one. What FTP client allows direct server to server transfer without me physically downloading the files to my computer. Any other ...
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When does ethernet cabling need to be shielded?

I run IT for a small business that does primarily office type work (no manufacturing or high levels of electrical interference), and we're looking to build additional office space onto our current ...
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Backup data rate on Raspberry Pi maxing out at 5 Mb/s. Why?

I set up my Raspberry Pi as a Time Machine, as documented here. At the moment, the Raspberry Pi is connected to my MacBook Pro using a direct Ethernet cable. Also, an external hard drive (laptop ...
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How can I convert files into an analogue modem sound?

Does anyone know of any software that will convert a file (any file, e.g. doc, zip, pdf etc) to a sound file so that it would play back like the old modem noises? It could then be "played" back on ...
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Copy all contents of an Amiga harddrive to a PC

I have an old Amiga hard disk drive (CP2088 Conner drive). It is a 2.5" IDE drive (see bottom). How can I connect this to a PC, what software is needed, and how can I convert the entire disk to a ...
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Painless way of consolidating files across multiple machines/OSes

Just bought a NAS. So I thought I'd get all our photos, media files and pdfs consolidated, de-duplicated, de-junked and virus-checked and stick them all on it. We have 3 laptops, one running Windows, ...
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What's the difference between a hardware register and a memory-mapped register?

This has been puzzling, so I'll lay it all out here. Apparently, through MMIO, you can access external devices using a certain memory-mapped address, which would then be re-routed to that device ...
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How can I pin point a USB file transfer bottleneck in Unix?

I'm experiencing very slow data transfer speeds over USB 2.0 on my nix box and was wondering how I can pin-point the cause of the problem. I've looked into iotop and top but the cpu and mem figures ...
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Is there a easy way to calculate time for data transfer?

Are there any sites or easy methods of finding out it would take for file transfer over different speed links? For example, I need to find out how long it would take to download/transfer file of 75G ...
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download speed is fast but transfer rate is slow

I've just changed ISP and I'm pretty disappointed with the transfer rate. My previous connection has a download speed of 1.08 Mb/s as seen from this site: http://speedtest.net and the download ...
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What's the fastest interface connection between a laptop and desktop pc, for data transfer? [duplicate]

I was wondering what's the fastest interface connection between a laptop and desktop pc for data transfer? considering the bandwidth data transfer rate. SATA: i mean take the either laptop HDD (Hard ...
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How to send a large file securely?

I need to send large files from a Linux machine to another using cryptography. The sender machine knows the recipient IP but not vice-versa. I don't need strong cryptography and prefer higher-speed ...
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What is the “safer way” to transfer a lot of files between 2 hard disks in 2 different computers?

By "safer" I mean that is less likely to produce file write errors, so there's no need to check file integrity after transfer. The problem is that some buses are more optimized for speed rather than ...
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Linux - transfer all files modified after a specific date to a new harddrive

I recently had my second hard-drive of the past semester begin to fail on me and become unable to ghost to a new drive. I still had the first hd that failed so we ghosted that drive but now I need to ...
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Fastest way to change the type of a partition? NTFS -> HFS+

Currently I have a 1TB drive with the following arrangement 500GB NTFS (with my data on it) 500GB HFS+ (empty) I would like to change this to: 1TB HFS+ (with my data) How can I effectively ...
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Alternative to rsync for file level cloning?

I have 500gb of files that I want to copy to a temporary drive and then back. I would like to be able to do this as fast as possible. I checked out doing a block level clone, which is nice and fast ...
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What is the data transfer speeds within the disk, to other devices?

I use Debian 6 on a HP Elitbook 6930 with 2Gigs of RAM. I was copying two AVI files, 1.5 GB in total, and noticed that the data copying was done at the rate of 4MB/sec. When I copy same AVIs to my ...
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How can I add a list to Infopath drop down?

I have a list of values in excel/notepad that I'd like to use as the values for a Infopath drop down. Is there a way I can bulk add them rather than adding one at a time?
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How can I Transfer Google Chrome's Data and Settings to another Google Account?

I use Google Chrome and I have 100s of bookmarks, history, search preferences, search engines, extensions, and apps installed. I want to have a new Google account, and I need to move everything from ...
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Sending text file contents to server using netcat?

There is a daemon process listening on port 5144, which I cannot to modify. I want to use netcat to send the contents of a text file to the server, but this causes netcat to hang the terminal until I ...
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Hard disk has one foot out the door. What should I do?

My computer has always had a loud (Fujitsu) hard drive drive. Since I bought it in 2007, its ticking has been noticeable during normal activity. Increasingly, it's made loud CLACK sounds (every ...
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Why are some PCs losing data coming on over USB serial?

I have an embedded device that connects to a PC using USB and enumerates as a USB serial port. The device spits out approximately 30 megabytes of data over a period of about 15 minutes. My PC is ...
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Distributing Large Dataset (80GB+) Over The Internet [duplicate]

I've seen some similar questions but these are dealing with files under 1GB and the answers generally recommend services such as Dropbox, S3 and Skydrive. This does not appear to be suitable for my ...
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Unidentifiable alert to “cancel transfers”

About 3 months ago, I purchased a Dell XPS 13 running Windows 8. Ever since, whenever I try to shut down/restart my machine, I get an alert that looks like this: This doesn't happen each time but ...
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Syncing Windows Phone 7 and Computer

For unknown reasons, my phone will not sync via Zune. I have asked on Microsoft Answers and the response is slow and useless! All software (phone and Zune) are up to date. I plug my phone into my ...
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Possibe data corruption in x-ray room

I built a small fingerprint ID system for a lab. Registration is done at a reception and identification at 2 other points. One point is the x-ray room The problem: Identification often seems to fail ...
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PCI-E bottleneck when transferring data between CPU and GPU

I've read that the transfer overhead between CPU and GPU is a big bottleneck in achieving high performance in GPU/CPU applications. Why is this so? According to Nvidia's bandwidthtest program, my ...
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Does a faster class of microSD card benefit a smart phone? [closed]

I have a mytouch3g (the 2nd version with the headphone jack on top) and I want to upgrade the microSD card. I'm planning on buying a $40 kingston 16GB card from newegg, but the class is only Class ...
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Why maximum speed of data transfer from samba share over Cat-5e cable is around 11MBps while it supports 1Gbps?

I use a Cat-5e cable to transfer data to and from my samba share (using back to back connection). The maximum data transfer speed I am able to achieve is around 11 MBps. This image from How To Geek ...
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Highspeed data sharing between two computers

I often need to move/access data (several GB at a time) between my Laptop and Desktop computers (it's on the laptop for mobility, and desktop so it can process it in 10 minutes rather than 2 hours). ...
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Transfer files from infected computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I have a computer (Windows XP 32 bit) which is infected with viruses. I have tried pretty much everything ...
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how much data transfer is “too much” on an HD?

I'm trying to learn more about magnetic hard drives and what is considered "too much" transfer on OSX. On windows of course, you have a defrag tool, but I'm curious as to whether there is down side ...
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Is there a program that will show a tree of the differences in two file trees?

In windows I manually back up from time to time by formatting my external drive and copying the contents of my data partition over. Inevitably there is a difference in the number and size of the files ...
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Data transfer speed to USB storage connected to wifi router very slow

Here is my setup. A Linksys Cisco E3200 wifi router. A MacbookPro running OS X Lion 10.7.4. A Seagate GoFlex 1TB hard drive connected to wifi router via the USB port. When I try to transfer data ...