Sharing files with you friends..

My previous post about Online backup services reminded me of another recent venture of mine. A friend of mine, the complete Apple Fanboy that he is, wanted to share files with me remotely over the internet and had been using iDrive until his trial period expired. He wanted me to look for a free alternative to this.

My first instinct was to set up a shared Gmail account, which we could both access, and use it to store files via programs like Gspace, Gmail Drive, gDisk etc. But since Google’s been working on a similar service of their own, they’ve changed the way Gmail work thereby rendering most of these services useless.

After a lot of ‘Googling’ I came across A brilliant service that offers free user 2GB worth of space online, a Java desktop app that makes it easier to upload files directly from your desktop thereby eliminating the need of a browser, and the best of all, NO FILE SIZE LIMITS! This is the best service I found so far and if you and you friend have really fast internet connections, it’s very very useful!

Give it a shot guys! It’s totally worth the effort!


Hard Disk Problems..

I bet everyone who’s used an external hard drive, or any computer for that matter, has faced problems with their hard disk. It can be as small as a corrupt MBR or as big as the infamous and irreparable ‘Click of Death‘.

I’ve come across a variety of problems like a corrupt MBR, a faulty hard drive enclosure and finally the Click of Death.

Corrupt MBRs are very easy to identify – most of the times when you plug in the drive it asks you to format it even though there’s data on it. This is a good sign because it shows that your hard drive is detectable and it’s only a software glitch that can be fixed. The program I used to solve an MBR problem a friend’s drive had recently was Partition Table Doctor. It was really easy to fix and took less than a minute!

On the other hand a friend of mine dropped his hard drive and now it won’t even initialise. That’s almost 1TB worth of precious data gone! What annoys me is the fact that hard drive manufacturers offer 3 to 5 years warranty but none of them recover your data for you for free! What’s the point of the warranty then?! They just give you another hard drive as a replacement while you sit there wondering – what if the same thing happens to this one?

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Hard drive manufacturers should seriously think about providing free data recovery services. Or another suggestion (well I can’t call it a solution) is not to store really important stuff on your hard drive – instead use online backup services like Mozy. This has saved my data quite a lot of times in the event of hard drive failures and system crashes and I highly recommend it! The free version provides 2GB worth of backup space which I can say is enough for me to store my really important files.

So there we go, those are a few of my tips and tricks I use to avoid major hard drive problems – oh, and one more, don’t throw your hard drive around and treat it like shit unless it’s a SSD.