How a Hard Drive Works In Slow Motion

Just stumbled on this video from the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube and loved it.  These guys took a computer hard drive apart and let us see inside while it was spinning.  Remember, most hard drives spin at 7200 revolutions per minute (rpm).  In the video you see a little arm going back and forth.  This little arm has a read/write head on the end of it.  This head is what reads and write the data to the spinning disk.  Hard to believe isn’t it.  So, whenever you use your computer, your hard disk is spinning at 7200 rpm and this little arm is flicking back and forth reading and writing data.  Amazing!

Warning: in the video they were joking about hard drives working if you pour water on them. Do NOT do this! It will destroy your hard drive and all your data!

 

Reduce Desktop Clutter With Cable Organizer Table

Reduce Desktop Clutter With Cable Organizer Table
I could not use a large area of my desktop due to cable clutter. So, I made this cable organizer table out of recycled wood. It allows you to hide your cables and gives you some desktop real estate back. I designed it so cables could be easily moved and re-configured.

The sound is a little low on the video. I’ll do better next time.

Backup Part 5: Using Acronis True Image Home To Do Image Backup

Backup Part 5: Using Acronis True Image Home To Do Image Backup

Using Acronis True Image Home Software to backup our internal desktop hard drive to an external docking station.

Backups Part 4: Where To Buy Hard Drive for Backups

Backups Part 4: Where To Buy Hard Drive for Backups

This video shows you where to buy “internal type” hard drives which can be used in an external docking station (and of course can be used inside your desktop computer).

Backups Part 3: Where To Find Thermaltake Docking Station

Backups Part 3: Where To Find Thermaltake Docking Station

In this video, we show where to get the ThermalTake Docking Station. This device allows you to use multiple hard drives for external storage and offers a lot of flexibility. Also, please see my previous article about the Docking Station. http://cyberbasic.com/docking-station/

Backups Part 2: Where To Get Acronis True Image Home Backup Software

Backups Part 2: Where To Get Acronis True Image Home Backup Software

This video shows where to purchase Acronis True Image Home software. This software is what I use to do my computer backups. It allows you to do “image” backups.

How To Backup Your Computer – Part 1

How To Backup Your Computer – Part 1

This introduction video is part 1 in a series of videos on backing up your desktop or laptop computer. In this video we cover “why” you want to backup. In addition, we discuss “image backups” and tell you why it is the best and most complete way to do backups.

Thanks for watching. Do you remember Rule #1 and Rule #2?

Memory Upgrade on HP 6455 Laptop

Memory Upgrade on HP 6455 Laptop

Memory upgrades on laptops can be a little tricky since many times you need to remove the keyboard. This video shows you how to do it, step by step.

Docking Station

Docking Station

For years I’ve used external USB hard drives to store photos or computer backups of my desktop computers.  External drives allow you to take your data with you or move your data easily to other computers.  However, I’ve found something even better than my old USB type external hard drive.  A company called ThermalTake makes a product called the Docking Station which is a device which allows you to use external hard drives but has important additional features.  (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1346&ID=1895)

I purchased model number ST0014U at my local Best Buy store, but they are also available at NewEgg.com and Amazon.com.  They come in several different models which have various types of connections.  They have a USB 2.0 model; a USB 2.0/Esata model; and a USB 3.0 model.  All of the models allow you to insert either  2.5″ laptop hard drives or 3.5″ desktop hard drives.  The docking station I own has 2 slots so I can insert 2 hard drives at once.  This is great for copying data from one hard disk to another.

The docking station really shines as a device to enable and speed up computer backups.  In years past I used DVD’s to backup my computers, but DVD’s only hold 4.7 GB of data and most modern hard drives are hundreds of giga bytes.  Even if you only had 47 Giga Bytes (GB) of data it would take 10 DVD’s to store it.  If it took 10 minutes to write each of the 10 DVDs, it would take an hour and 40 minutes total to store your 47GB worth of data.

While hard drives are not the perfect long term storage solution they do offer reasonable reliability and exceptional speed.  The main thing to remember is to always have your data in at least 2 different places.  Chances are that both copies of your data won’t be destoyed at the same time.   For example, I keep 3 copies of my data.  The first copy is on my computer.  The next copy is on a hard drive in my closet.  The 3rd copy is on a hard drive in my safety deposit box at the bank.  So, if my house burned down, flooded or was destroyed by a tornado, my computer data would be safe.  Computer Data Centers call this off-site storage.

The docking station makes all of this fast and easy using the Esata connection.   Since prices of hard drives have come down, it makes having several hard drives for backups very affordable.


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