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  • Great piece. After you booted the repaired laptop to Win 10, the next screen showed the Win XP logo. What’s up with that? Hope I never have to get back into the electronics repair game, but I’ll try to remember this as the best how-to on the subject I’ve seen. Quick story not related to laptops. When I built my home media server one goal was paramount for music and movies: rip only once in this lifetime! It took the better part of a year to get 1000 CDs and 400 movies onto the server. To make s…
  • Never having set up a RAID at BIOS level before, there were many exciting moments where inanimate objects mysteriously became airborne. But I’ve found that when you’re doing something you don’t know how to do, you are guaranteed to misunderstand the instructions until you read them with brain fully engaged at least twenty times. Then comes the AHA! moment when you finally get it, and fix your problem.
  • (Quote from TomAtAlki)I’m not a Mac guy so I’ll tell you how it can work in WindowsWorld. Say P is your prime external backup/storage drive and S is a similar drive you want to use as a mirror. Connect both drives to your laptop/desktop (hopefully you have enough ports). With a great utility program called AllWay you set up a Job. In this case you tell it “use P as the source and copy all files you find to S, as long as they’re not already there. Also, if they are there, but what’s on S is newe…
  • (Quote from Splinter)I’m not smart enough to do it as a how-to, but could consider something like “How I ended up with a media server in spite of ignorance and confusion.” A how-to really requires having done a thing several times so that alternatives and options can be understood. I bashed my head against the wall and got lucky: the wall conceded.