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Re: Computer Specifications

Carlos
 

I don't see why you couldn't install XP or a Linux distro on either one of those machines. Although with XP, there might be a problem with finding some necessary drivers.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications


In another mesage, I mentioned that I was considering buying a
computer. A few months ago, I wrote specifications for both a desktop
and a laptop, because I wanted to know how much it would cost to have
each custom-made. While I am still curious, I now wonder if similar
machines already exist. If so, and if anyone here has one, I am
willing to discuss a price, provided that it's reasonable. This post
will be long, so please feel free to cut it in your response. I will
include some general notes at the end for clarity. In the meantime,
does anyone know if Windows XP or Linux can successfully be installed
on a Fujitsu Lifebook UH900 or an Acer Aspire One D270? What would be
the average cost to just switch the Japanese keyboard in the Lifebook
with a U.S. one that I already own?

Thank you,
Eleni

======

Desktop Specifications

Form Factor:
mini tower (preferred) or slim line

Case Material:
metal

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost )may be fixed or swappable

Hard drive Capacity:
60GB to 160GB

Ram:
4GB

Processor:
dual core Duo (minimum)

Processor Speed:
2-ghz (minimum, higher preferred)

Media:
1 LS240 3.5 in. IBM Superdisk
1 5.25 in. high density floppy
1 cd/dvrw
1 PCMCIA
slot (able to read compact flash cards)

Connectivity:
1 RS-232 9-pin male serial port
1 bidirectional female parallel port (2 if possible)
1 ps/2 port (for keyboard)
1 ps/2 port for mouse
1 VGA port for monitor
1 modem jack with internal 56k modem
1 Ethernet jack
wireless a/b/g/n
1 line-in jack
1 3.5mm microphone jack
1 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (preferably 4)

Keyboard:
IBM Model M (already owned) or more modern Windows keyboard (already owned)

Monitor:
regular (not flat or excessively large)

Sound:
internal PC speaker
external speakers (already owned)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates (main drive)
Linux (possibly, main drive)
DOS (possibly, separate drive)
Windows 7 (possibly, separate drive, perhaps on same as 7)

Recovery:
on disks or as separate partition in drive

======

Laptop Specifications

Form Factor:
clamshell

Screen Size:
5 in. to 8.9 in. (10.1 if necessary, but no larger, see Lifebook UH900
for UMPC form factor)

Screen:
regular, not touchscreen

Weight:
3.5 lbs. maximum (with battery, lighter preferred)

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost)

Hard Drive Capacity:
60 to 160GB

Ram:
2GB (minimum) 4GB (preferred)

Processor:
dual core (minimum)

Processor Speed:
1.6ghz minimum (2ghz or higher if possible)

Temperature
as cool as possible, without sacrificing important features

Battery type:
lithium ion, or anything that lacks memory issues and lasts long

Battery Life:
5+ hours (minimum)

Keyboard:
US. must have page up-down, home, end, and delete (either separately
or via function key), two alts, Windows, and Applications keys

Media:
1 pcmcia or compact flash card slot
1 SD card reader

Connectivity:
2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (minimum)
wireless b/g/n, and (on-off switch
1 microphone jack
1 headphone jack

Sound:
built-in speaker (can be mono or stereo)
built-in microphone (high quality)

Webcam:
if included, should either have easy-to-feel/cover lens (Aspire One
D270 good example, UH900 bad) or sliding cover,)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates
Linux (possibly)

Recovery:
on disks or as separate partition in drive

======

General Notes

If you are selling me your computer and not building one, feel free to
ignore the sections about partitioning drives, installing an operating
system, and XP compatibility unrelated to drivers. While I don't mind
a hard drive with more than 160GB, I really don't need it, and 120GB
should be sufficient for my needs. Likewise, I don't need more than
4GB of ram. I also don't technically require the 5.25 Superdisk drive,
the 56K modem, the line-in jack, or Wireless A (B/G/N are all
required) in the desktop, but I included everything for the sake of
completeness. When referring to a swappable hard drive, I mean one
with a handle that can easily be removed and replaced by the user, and
whose bay can be used for another drive or device. While I already
own a keyboard and speakers, I will accept them if they come with the
unit. As far as the laptop/umpc, my goal is to get something as small
and light as possible, with good battery life. In the UMPC size, the
media section can be ignored, and I am aware that certain processors
cannot be used. I am including them for a slightly larger model.
Regardless of the computer I choose, I will be using Windows XP as the
main operating system, so please ensure that the motherboard,
processor, peripherals, and drivers are compatible. If a main drive
under 160GB cannot be found, I would be interested in partitioning the
drive and installing Linux (Vinux, Sonar Mate, or Ubuntu Mate). I
have had very little experience with this operating system, but know
that Orca (the built-in screen reader) will not start automatically in
Ubuntu Mate 32-Bit. I have not tried it on 64-Bit. On at least one
computer, the volume of speech on Sonar was extremely quiet. Vinux
starts without difficulties in Gnome, Mate, and Unity. ====== If
using a swappable drive, I may install MSDOS or Enhanced DR-DOS on a
separate one to try them out, and while I don't love Windows 7, I may
install it as well, in case I really need it. In all cases,
regardless of the machine, please set the boot sequence in the bios as
follows: usb, SD (wear applicable), cd (unless external cd rom drives
count as usb), , hard drive.


Re: Youtube Issues

Eleni Vamvakari
 

I am replying to my own post in the hopes that others missed it and
can help. While this is not the most important issue in my life right
now, I would like to resolve it if possible.

Thanks,
Eleni

On 26/05/2017, Eleni Vamvakari <elvam2167@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi to all,

Several years ago, I created a Youtube account. At that time, I was
able to use the mobile site to do everything, from uploading videos,
to editing their descriptions and tags, to posting and answering
comments, to editing my profile. The only thing for which I used the
main site was watching videos. In July of 2015 or so, they completely
reformatted the site, so that now, there appears to be no mobile
alternative. What's worse is that, as with Facebook, the main site is
an absolute nightmare to use with NVDA. I can barely upload a video,
can no longer edit or delete them, and don't know how to reach my
profile. I also changed to another GMail account, and for years, I
have been wanting to switch Youtube to it as well. I learned that, by
changing my old account to a brand, I could add a new manager (my
other e-mail address) to it, and then delete the old one. I did so,
but now, when I log into my new e-mail address and go to Youtube, I
have no means of accessing my old account. Even from my old address,
I can't find the account settings. I found something that says
account, but it works for a few seconds and then disappears.

Can anyone please help me? Alternatively, how can I delete my
account? Does anyone know of something better, preferably audio only?
I always covered my camera anyway. I know of podbeam, and it is
fairly cheap, but I can always use other suggestions.

Thanks,
Eleni

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Skype: elvam2167



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Skype: elvam2167


Computer Specifications

Eleni Vamvakari
 

In another mesage, I mentioned that I was considering buying a
computer. A few months ago, I wrote specifications for both a desktop
and a laptop, because I wanted to know how much it would cost to have
each custom-made. While I am still curious, I now wonder if similar
machines already exist. If so, and if anyone here has one, I am
willing to discuss a price, provided that it's reasonable. This post
will be long, so please feel free to cut it in your response. I will
include some general notes at the end for clarity. In the meantime,
does anyone know if Windows XP or Linux can successfully be installed
on a Fujitsu Lifebook UH900 or an Acer Aspire One D270? What would be
the average cost to just switch the Japanese keyboard in the Lifebook
with a U.S. one that I already own?

Thank you,
Eleni

======

Desktop Specifications

Form Factor:
mini tower (preferred) or slim line

Case Material:
metal

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost )may be fixed or swappable

Hard drive Capacity:
60GB to 160GB

Ram:
4GB

Processor:
dual core Duo (minimum)

Processor Speed:
2-ghz (minimum, higher preferred)

Media:
1 LS240 3.5 in. IBM Superdisk
1 5.25 in. high density floppy
1 cd/dvrw
1 PCMCIA
slot (able to read compact flash cards)

Connectivity:
1 RS-232 9-pin male serial port
1 bidirectional female parallel port (2 if possible)
1 ps/2 port (for keyboard)
1 ps/2 port for mouse
1 VGA port for monitor
1 modem jack with internal 56k modem
1 Ethernet jack
wireless a/b/g/n
1 line-in jack
1 3.5mm microphone jack
1 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (preferably 4)

Keyboard:
IBM Model M (already owned) or more modern Windows keyboard (already owned)

Monitor:
regular (not flat or excessively large)

Sound:
internal PC speaker
external speakers (already owned)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates (main drive)
Linux (possibly, main drive)
DOS (possibly, separate drive)
Windows 7 (possibly, separate drive, perhaps on same as 7)

Recovery:
on disks or as separate partition in drive

======

Laptop Specifications

Form Factor:
clamshell

Screen Size:
5 in. to 8.9 in. (10.1 if necessary, but no larger, see Lifebook UH900
for UMPC form factor)

Screen:
regular, not touchscreen

Weight:
3.5 lbs. maximum (with battery, lighter preferred)

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost)

Hard Drive Capacity:
60 to 160GB

Ram:
2GB (minimum) 4GB (preferred)

Processor:
dual core (minimum)

Processor Speed:
1.6ghz minimum (2ghz or higher if possible)

Temperature
as cool as possible, without sacrificing important features

Battery type:
lithium ion, or anything that lacks memory issues and lasts long

Battery Life:
5+ hours (minimum)

Keyboard:
US. must have page up-down, home, end, and delete (either separately
or via function key), two alts, Windows, and Applications keys

Media:
1 pcmcia or compact flash card slot
1 SD card reader

Connectivity:
2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (minimum)
wireless b/g/n, and (on-off switch
1 microphone jack
1 headphone jack

Sound:
built-in speaker (can be mono or stereo)
built-in microphone (high quality)

Webcam:
if included, should either have easy-to-feel/cover lens (Aspire One
D270 good example, UH900 bad) or sliding cover,)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates
Linux (possibly)

Recovery:
on disks or as separate partition in drive

======

General Notes

If you are selling me your computer and not building one, feel free to
ignore the sections about partitioning drives, installing an operating
system, and XP compatibility unrelated to drivers. While I don't mind
a hard drive with more than 160GB, I really don't need it, and 120GB
should be sufficient for my needs. Likewise, I don't need more than
4GB of ram. I also don't technically require the 5.25 Superdisk drive,
the 56K modem, the line-in jack, or Wireless A (B/G/N are all
required) in the desktop, but I included everything for the sake of
completeness. When referring to a swappable hard drive, I mean one
with a handle that can easily be removed and replaced by the user, and
whose bay can be used for another drive or device. While I already
own a keyboard and speakers, I will accept them if they come with the
unit. As far as the laptop/umpc, my goal is to get something as small
and light as possible, with good battery life. In the UMPC size, the
media section can be ignored, and I am aware that certain processors
cannot be used. I am including them for a slightly larger model.
Regardless of the computer I choose, I will be using Windows XP as the
main operating system, so please ensure that the motherboard,
processor, peripherals, and drivers are compatible. If a main drive
under 160GB cannot be found, I would be interested in partitioning the
drive and installing Linux (Vinux, Sonar Mate, or Ubuntu Mate). I
have had very little experience with this operating system, but know
that Orca (the built-in screen reader) will not start automatically in
Ubuntu Mate 32-Bit. I have not tried it on 64-Bit. On at least one
computer, the volume of speech on Sonar was extremely quiet. Vinux
starts without difficulties in Gnome, Mate, and Unity. ====== If
using a swappable drive, I may install MSDOS or Enhanced DR-DOS on a
separate one to try them out, and while I don't love Windows 7, I may
install it as well, in case I really need it. In all cases,
regardless of the machine, please set the boot sequence in the bios as
follows: usb, SD (wear applicable), cd (unless external cd rom drives
count as usb), , hard drive.


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Carlos
 

Indeed. Like I said, not inaccurate. Just incomplete.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob" <captinlogic@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
That information is not inaccurate, but it is incomplete. If only the
enclosure is damaged, removing the drive and placing it into a new enclosure
does not require special facilities.
I believe the original poster was thinking the metal part of the drive itself as the enclosure, not the plastic part in which the drive itself is stored, connected via USB. Taking out the platters from the hard drive itself does indeed require special facilities. Replacing a drive from one USB enclosure to another does not.


Re: Bitvise SSH Server #freeware #software

Carlos
 

Yes of course I am aware of these options silly member LOL, but I prefer purely Windows based solutions.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob" <captinlogic@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Bitvise SSH Server


Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
I have been going nuts looking for a completely free or limited free SFTP server which does not have too many restrictions and is not significantly crippled compared to it's shareware edition. It's amazing how few options there are that fall into this category.
There is something called cygwin, which is a Linux flavor (sort of) built for windows. IN addition, there is now a Linux subsystem for windows 10 which works pretty well. Both of these have openssh servers installed on them.


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Rob <captinlogic@...>
 

Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
That information is not inaccurate, but it is incomplete. If only the
enclosure is damaged, removing the drive and placing it into a new enclosure
does not require special facilities.
I believe the original poster was thinking the metal part of the drive itself as the enclosure, not the plastic part in which the drive itself is stored, connected via USB. Taking out the platters from the hard drive itself does indeed require special facilities. Replacing a drive from one USB enclosure to another does not.


Re: Bitvise SSH Server #freeware #software

Rob <captinlogic@...>
 

Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
I have been going nuts looking for a completely free or limited free SFTP server which does not have too many restrictions and is not significantly crippled compared to it's shareware edition. It's amazing how few options there are that fall into this category.
There is something called cygwin, which is a Linux flavor (sort of) built for windows. IN addition, there is now a Linux subsystem for windows 10 which works pretty well. Both of these have openssh servers installed on them.


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Eleni Vamvakari
 

A friend suggested that I try Linux. I have Vinux in a virtual
machine, but basically just to try it out. I know next to nothing
about how to use it, though I am familiar with MSDOS if that helps. I
start it under Mate and plugged in the hard drive. It saw it and
tried to open it, but then said that it couldn't mount the drive,
because it wasn't closed properly in Windows. Then, it gave three
reasons why, and said something about rebooting twice with Windows
using /f. I don't remember the exact message and don't know enough
about using Orca (the built-in screen reader) to review it in more
detail. When I looked under Computer again, the drive didn't show up.

On 11/06/2017, Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
It depends on the program's setup routine so I can't give you exact
instructions, but most installers have a fairly obvious option for selecting
the location where you would like the program to be installed. Also, there
are many portable applications which will work from any location without the
need to install them at all.
----- Original Message -----
From: David Moore
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


Hi Carlos!

I did not know if some external drives were just for storage. Okay, it is
an external drive. How would I tell a program to install on the external
drive instead of my hard drive in my computer? Thanks a lot! If I can
install programs on the external drive, this is exciting. If you could tell
me how to do that, I would greatly appreciate it!

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10



From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:05 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive



I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "I have an external drive, but it
is not technically a external Hard Drive.". An external drive is an
external drive. Please clarify. As for installing programs on an external
drive, there is no reason why this can't be done. Although it may cause
issues in some cases. For example, when the drive is not connected and a
program is configured to run at startup. Or with programs which insist on
installing files into the Windows folder or other folders located on the
system drive. In other words, it will work well with some programs and not
with others. Some experimentation may be required, especially with more
complex installations.

----- Original Message -----

From: David Moore

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:43 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive



Hi all,

I have wanted to talk about external drives. I have an external drive,
but it is not technically a external Hard Drive. I can save and back up
anything on this terabyte external Drive, but I cannot get my computer to
install programs on it. Is there a way to get my external drive to install
programs so I have a terabyte hard drive, for example. Is there a difference
between a external drive that you can only save things on and one where you
can use as a true Hard Drive? I would greatly appreciate your apinions on
this, carlos, and everyone else. My small laptop HP Stream only has a 32 Gig
SSD drive. If I could use my external drive to get a Terabyte Hard drive,
that would be so exciting, I would do a dance LOL!

It is a Toshiba external drive from radio shack for $80

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10



From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:31 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive



Hi Eleni,



First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although


accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in
general

are acceptable.



As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all


external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That
being

the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been
damaged.

If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure
and

purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific
enclosures,

there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully
applied

force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a
guaranteed

fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be


worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only
the

enclosure.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive





>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the

> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

>

> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor

> yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,

> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under
My

> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the

> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the
connecting

> sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound

> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.
It's

> not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files

> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,

> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my

> family, which are like photographs to me.

>

> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need

> to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone

> handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that

> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,

> read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If

> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company

> that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of

> recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb

> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and

> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can

> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?

> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the

> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will
be

> many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around

> 500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I

> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

>

> Thank you,

> Eleni

>

> --

> Facebook: elvam2167@gmail.com

>

> Skype: elvam2167

>

>

>













--
Facebook: elvam2167@gmail.com

Skype: elvam2167


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Carlos
 


It depends on the program's setup routine so I can't give you exact instructions, but most installers have a fairly obvious option for selecting the location where you would like the program to be installed.  Also, there are many portable applications which will work from any location without the need to install them at all.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Carlos!

I did not know if some external drives were just for storage. Okay, it is an external drive. How would I tell a program to install on the external drive instead of my hard drive in my computer? Thanks a lot! If I can install programs on the external drive, this is exciting. If you could tell me how to do that, I would greatly appreciate it!

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:05 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive.".  An external drive is an external drive.  Please clarify.  As for installing programs on an external drive, there is no reason why this can't be done.  Although it may cause issues in some cases.  For example, when the drive is not connected and a program is configured to run at startup.  Or with programs which insist on installing files into the Windows folder or other folders located on the system drive.  In other words, it will work well with some programs and not with others.  Some experimentation may be required, especially with more complex installations.

----- Original Message -----

From: David Moore

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:43 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

Hi all,

I have wanted to talk about external drives. I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive. I can save and back up anything on this terabyte external Drive, but I cannot get my computer to install programs on it. Is there a way to get my external drive to install programs so I have a terabyte hard drive, for example. Is there a difference between a external drive that you can only save things on and one where you can use as a true Hard Drive? I would greatly appreciate your apinions on this, carlos, and everyone else. My small laptop HP Stream only has a 32 Gig SSD drive. If I could use my external drive to get a Terabyte Hard drive, that would be so exciting, I would do a dance LOL!

It is a Toshiba external drive from radio shack for $80

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:31 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

Hi Eleni,

 

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind.  Although

accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general

are acceptable.

 

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all

external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure.  That being

the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.

If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and

purchase a new one.  Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,

there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied

force may be required to pry it open.  And again this is not a guaranteed

fix.  It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be

worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only the

enclosure.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

 

>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the

> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor

> yesterday.  When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,

> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My

> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP.  However, it is displayed in the

> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting

> sound.  Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound

> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.  It's

> not a beep or a real mechanical click.  I have all of my daily files

> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,

> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my

> family, which are like photographs to me.

> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need

> to have this fixed professionally.  But I am nervous about anyone

> handling my personal information.  Is there any kind of contract that

> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,

> read, or otherwise use it?  Does anyone here work in this field?  If

> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company

> that I can use?  I am in New Jersey.  What would be the cost of

> recovering my data?  Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb

> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters.  If I am wrong, and

> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me.  Finally, can

> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?

> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the

> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be

> many.  So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around

> 500gb.  I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most.    I

> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

> Thank you,

> Eleni

> --

> Facebook: elvam2167@...

> Skype: elvam2167

>

>

 

 

 

 

 


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

David Moore <jesusloves1966@...>
 

Hi Carlos!

I did not know if some external drives were just for storage. Okay, it is an external drive. How would I tell a program to install on the external drive instead of my hard drive in my computer? Thanks a lot! If I can install programs on the external drive, this is exciting. If you could tell me how to do that, I would greatly appreciate it!

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:05 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive.".  An external drive is an external drive.  Please clarify.  As for installing programs on an external drive, there is no reason why this can't be done.  Although it may cause issues in some cases.  For example, when the drive is not connected and a program is configured to run at startup.  Or with programs which insist on installing files into the Windows folder or other folders located on the system drive.  In other words, it will work well with some programs and not with others.  Some experimentation may be required, especially with more complex installations.

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:43 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

Hi all,

I have wanted to talk about external drives. I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive. I can save and back up anything on this terabyte external Drive, but I cannot get my computer to install programs on it. Is there a way to get my external drive to install programs so I have a terabyte hard drive, for example. Is there a difference between a external drive that you can only save things on and one where you can use as a true Hard Drive? I would greatly appreciate your apinions on this, carlos, and everyone else. My small laptop HP Stream only has a 32 Gig SSD drive. If I could use my external drive to get a Terabyte Hard drive, that would be so exciting, I would do a dance LOL!

It is a Toshiba external drive from radio shack for $80

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:31 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

Hi Eleni,

 

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind.  Although

accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general

are acceptable.

 

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all

external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure.  That being

the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.

If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and

purchase a new one.  Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,

there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied

force may be required to pry it open.  And again this is not a guaranteed

fix.  It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be

worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only the

enclosure.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

 

>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the

> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor

> yesterday.  When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,

> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My

> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP.  However, it is displayed in the

> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting

> sound.  Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound

> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.  It's

> not a beep or a real mechanical click.  I have all of my daily files

> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,

> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my

> family, which are like photographs to me.

> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need

> to have this fixed professionally.  But I am nervous about anyone

> handling my personal information.  Is there any kind of contract that

> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,

> read, or otherwise use it?  Does anyone here work in this field?  If

> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company

> that I can use?  I am in New Jersey.  What would be the cost of

> recovering my data?  Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb

> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters.  If I am wrong, and

> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me.  Finally, can

> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?

> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the

> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be

> many.  So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around

> 500gb.  I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most.    I

> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

> Thank you,

> Eleni

> --

> Facebook: elvam2167@...

> Skype: elvam2167

>

>

 

 

 

 

 


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Eleni Vamvakari
 

Oh believe me, I keep the files that I normally use in at least two
computers, my thumbdrive, and my external hard drive. These are extra
files that I don't normally use, varius programs etc. that I
downloaded, and things from my life that I recorded and needed to sort
through before deciding what to delete and what to keep. I might just
get another computer on which I can store everything. I like older
ones, so it shouldn't be expensive at all, especially if it's a
desktop and not a laptop. I want another real XP machine anyway.

On 11/06/2017, Carlos <carlos1106@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
That information is not inaccurate, but it is incomplete. If only the
enclosure is damaged, removing the drive and placing it into a new
enclosure
does not require special facilities. Such facilities would only be
required
if the drive itself were going to be dismantled for repairs. I am speaking
from personal experience and as you can see based on at least one other
reply so far, this is a procedure which can be performed by almost anyone
with minimal technical skills.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:21 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


For what it's worth, I am totally blind, and while I have been using
computers for 21 years, it is strictly as an end user, not as a
programmer or builder. I read that it may be possible to disconnect a
hard drive and put it in a new enclosure, but I also read that this
should be done strictly by a professional, as they use rooms with
purified air and humidity controls. At any rate, this is a comment
that I received in the BVI Tech Support on Facebook. I received
permission by the author to repost it here.

"Martin Lee Ralfe
Firstly Hello! I have worked in the IT industry for over 7 years
(since I was 16) also Microsoft certified.

In terms of practical assistance I can not offer any as I'm in the UK
however what I can tell you is: as I am assuming this a mechanical
hard drive (not a solid state drive or flash based) it does sound like
the drive plata (where your data is stored) has been scratched or
damaged by the read/write head when it had been dropped.

This unfortunately means Windows will not detect the drive has the
hard drive can not present any data the reason you are hearing the
connecting sound and drive activation is because the drive connector /
controller is not damaged and will continue to attempt turning itself
on, the noise you hear every few minutes like a computer turning off
will just be the controller on the drive failing after a time out and
force restarting.

Imagine it like a car turning on with a broken clutch or gear box the
engine will still run but it won't move.

As far as recovering your data goes I do not know how much vision you
have but free programs exist that you can boot your computer to like
hirens boot cd which contains a plethora of file recovery tools though
I must admit this is a very advanced program and even with guides data
recovery is not the easiest of tasks.

If you choose to pay someone to do it you could insist on a contract /
terms though unfortunately the nature of data recovery does mean the
data will have to be looked st and examined to ensure it is intact
which does mean presuming the data can be saved they will have to look
at and copy your files.

Finally the size of the drive does matter on cost as an example it can
cost upwards of £100 (UK) to recover even 200GB of data.

As far as a new external drive goes no hard disk drive is drop proof
but if you are willing to pay large flash drives or external SSDs may
be a better option.

Hope this helps"

Since it goes by the size of the drive, can I have them just scan
specific folders? When he says that the files must be examined, must
they be opened, played, etc. or can they be automatically scanned for
integrity?

I just tried to use Recuver on the drive, but it didn't recognise it
either. If I do get a flash drive or an ssd drive, how much would
that cost? It doesn't need to be the latest and greatest either, as
long as it works. I stayed away from those because I thought the cost
would be far too high for my budget.

Thanks,
Eleni

On 11/06/2017, David Ferrin via Groups.Io <dpf.1996=yahoo.com@groups.io>
wrote:
I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive
was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now
in

its' third home so to speak.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although
accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in
general
are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That
being
the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been
damaged.
If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific
enclosures,
there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully
applied
force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a guaranteed
fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only
the
enclosure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the
Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button. It's
not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files
saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
family, which are like photographs to me.

At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone
handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that
companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If
not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of
recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and
there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can
anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I
also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

Thank you,
Eleni

--
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Skype: elvam2167










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Re: going nomail?

Carlos
 

No.  You would use either
or
Again this is all in the message footers.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] going nomail?

To start receiving messages again when I come back do I send a message to
 
Thanks again.
 
Troy
 
 
 
 
 
the same place and replace the word nomail with the word normal?
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] going nomail?

As indicated in the message footers, send a message to:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:31 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] going nomail?

Hi all,
 
I'm going on vacation from Tuesday through Friday this coming week, how do I set the list to no-mail?
 
Thanks.
 
Troy
 
 

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Re: going nomail?

Troy Burnham
 

To start receiving messages again when I come back do I send a message to
 
Thanks again.
 
Troy
 
 
 
 
 
the same place and replace the word nomail with the word normal?
 
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] going nomail?

As indicated in the message footers, send a message to:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:31 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] going nomail?

Hi all,
 
I'm going on vacation from Tuesday through Friday this coming week, how do I set the list to no-mail?
 
Thanks.
 
Troy
 
 

Virus-free. www.avast.com


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Carlos
 

That information is not inaccurate, but it is incomplete. If only the
enclosure is damaged, removing the drive and placing it into a new enclosure
does not require special facilities. Such facilities would only be required
if the drive itself were going to be dismantled for repairs. I am speaking
from personal experience and as you can see based on at least one other
reply so far, this is a procedure which can be performed by almost anyone
with minimal technical skills.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:21 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


For what it's worth, I am totally blind, and while I have been using
computers for 21 years, it is strictly as an end user, not as a
programmer or builder. I read that it may be possible to disconnect a
hard drive and put it in a new enclosure, but I also read that this
should be done strictly by a professional, as they use rooms with
purified air and humidity controls. At any rate, this is a comment
that I received in the BVI Tech Support on Facebook. I received
permission by the author to repost it here.

"Martin Lee Ralfe
Firstly Hello! I have worked in the IT industry for over 7 years
(since I was 16) also Microsoft certified.

In terms of practical assistance I can not offer any as I'm in the UK
however what I can tell you is: as I am assuming this a mechanical
hard drive (not a solid state drive or flash based) it does sound like
the drive plata (where your data is stored) has been scratched or
damaged by the read/write head when it had been dropped.

This unfortunately means Windows will not detect the drive has the
hard drive can not present any data the reason you are hearing the
connecting sound and drive activation is because the drive connector /
controller is not damaged and will continue to attempt turning itself
on, the noise you hear every few minutes like a computer turning off
will just be the controller on the drive failing after a time out and
force restarting.

Imagine it like a car turning on with a broken clutch or gear box the
engine will still run but it won't move.

As far as recovering your data goes I do not know how much vision you
have but free programs exist that you can boot your computer to like
hirens boot cd which contains a plethora of file recovery tools though
I must admit this is a very advanced program and even with guides data
recovery is not the easiest of tasks.

If you choose to pay someone to do it you could insist on a contract /
terms though unfortunately the nature of data recovery does mean the
data will have to be looked st and examined to ensure it is intact
which does mean presuming the data can be saved they will have to look
at and copy your files.

Finally the size of the drive does matter on cost as an example it can
cost upwards of £100 (UK) to recover even 200GB of data.

As far as a new external drive goes no hard disk drive is drop proof
but if you are willing to pay large flash drives or external SSDs may
be a better option.

Hope this helps"

Since it goes by the size of the drive, can I have them just scan
specific folders? When he says that the files must be examined, must
they be opened, played, etc. or can they be automatically scanned for
integrity?

I just tried to use Recuver on the drive, but it didn't recognise it
either. If I do get a flash drive or an ssd drive, how much would
that cost? It doesn't need to be the latest and greatest either, as
long as it works. I stayed away from those because I thought the cost
would be far too high for my budget.

Thanks,
Eleni

On 11/06/2017, David Ferrin via Groups.Io <dpf.1996=yahoo.com@groups.io>
wrote:
I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive
was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now
in

its' third home so to speak.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although
accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in
general
are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That being
the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been
damaged.
If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,
there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully
applied
force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a guaranteed
fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only
the
enclosure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the
Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button. It's
not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files
saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
family, which are like photographs to me.

At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone
handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that
companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If
not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of
recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and
there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can
anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I
also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

Thank you,
Eleni

--
Facebook: elvam2167@gmail.com

Skype: elvam2167










--
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Skype: elvam2167


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Gene
 

Any drive can fail at any time.  The thing to do is not to worry about the kind of drive, I see no reason to get a solid state drive for backing up or keeping files on externally.  but whatever you do you should always have at least two copies of every file you don't want to lose on two different items.  for example, you might have one copy on your internal hard drive and one on an external hard drive.  Or you could have one copy on one external hard drive and another copy on another external hard drive. 
 
I can't help with your other questions about recovering data. 
 
Also, I said at least two copies because I've often seen computer advisors say that people should have three copies in three different places.  You'll have to decide if two or three is enough for you.
 
 

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

For what it's worth, I am totally blind, and while I have been using
computers for 21 years, it is strictly as an end user, not as a
programmer or builder.  I read that it may be possible to disconnect a
hard drive and put it in a new enclosure, but I also read that this
should be done strictly by a professional, as they use rooms with
purified air and humidity controls.  At any rate, this is a comment
that I received in the BVI Tech Support on Facebook.  I received
permission by the author to repost it here.

"Martin Lee Ralfe
Firstly Hello! I have worked in the IT industry for over 7 years
(since I was 16) also Microsoft certified.

In terms of practical assistance I can not offer any as I'm in the UK
however what I can tell you is: as I am assuming this a mechanical
hard drive (not a solid state drive or flash based) it does sound like
the drive plata (where your data is stored) has been scratched or
damaged by the read/write head when it had been dropped.

This unfortunately means Windows will not detect the drive has the
hard drive can not present any data the reason you are hearing the
connecting sound and drive activation is because the drive connector /
controller is not damaged and will continue to attempt turning itself
on, the noise you hear every few minutes like a computer turning off
will just be the controller on the drive failing after a time out and
force restarting.

Imagine it like a car turning on with a broken clutch or gear box the
engine will still run but it won't move.

As far as recovering your data goes I do not know how much vision you
have but free programs exist that you can boot your computer to like
hirens boot cd which contains a plethora of file recovery tools though
I must admit this is a very advanced program and even with guides data
recovery is not the easiest of tasks.

If you choose to pay someone to do it you could insist on a contract /
terms though unfortunately the nature of data recovery does mean the
data will have to be looked st and examined to ensure it is intact
which does mean presuming the data can be saved they will have to look
at and copy your files.

Finally the size of the drive does matter on cost as an example it can
cost upwards of £100 (UK) to recover even 200GB of data.

As far as a new external drive goes no hard disk drive is drop proof
but if you are willing to pay large flash drives or external SSDs may
be a better option.

Hope this helps"

Since it goes by the size of the drive, can I have them just scan
specific folders?  When he says that the files must be examined, must
they be opened, played, etc. or can they be automatically scanned for
integrity?

I just tried to use Recuver on the drive, but it didn't recognise it
either.  If I do get a flash drive or an ssd drive, how much would
that cost?  It doesn't need to be the latest and greatest either, as
long as it works.  I stayed away from those because I thought the cost
would be far too high for my budget.

Thanks,
Eleni

On 11/06/2017, David Ferrin via Groups.Io <dpf.1996@...> wrote:
> I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive
> was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now in
>
> its' third home so to speak.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carlos
> Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive
>
> Hi Eleni,
>
> First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind.  Although
> accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general
> are acceptable.
>
> As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
> external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure.  That being
> the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.
> If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
> purchase a new one.  Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,
> there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully
> applied
> force may be required to pry it open.  And again this is not a guaranteed
> fix.  It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
> worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only
> the
> enclosure.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@...>
> To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
> Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
> Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive
>
>
>>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
>> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.
>>
>> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
>> yesterday.  When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
>> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
>> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP.  However, it is displayed in the
>> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
>> sound.  Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
>> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.  It's
>> not a beep or a real mechanical click.  I have all of my daily files
>> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
>> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
>> family, which are like photographs to me.
>>
>> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
>> to have this fixed professionally.  But I am nervous about anyone
>> handling my personal information.  Is there any kind of contract that
>> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
>> read, or otherwise use it?  Does anyone here work in this field?  If
>> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
>> that I can use?  I am in New Jersey.  What would be the cost of
>> recovering my data?  Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
>> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters.  If I am wrong, and
>> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me.  Finally, can
>> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
>> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
>> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
>> many.  So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
>> 500gb.  I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most.    I
>> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Eleni
>>
>> --
>> Facebook: elvam2167@...
>>
>> Skype: elvam2167
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


--
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Skype: elvam2167




Bitvise SSH Server #freeware #software

Carlos
 

I have been going nuts looking for a completely free or limited free SFTP server which does not have too many restrictions and is not significantly crippled compared to it's shareware edition.  It's amazing how few options there are that fall into this category.  I finally settled on the personal edition of Bitvise SSH Server.
Even the personal edition is surprisingly robust and only has a few limitations I can live with.
 
From the FAQ:
 
Personal Edition
 
Q000. Where do I get an activation code for personal use?
 
No activation code is needed to use Bitvise SSH Server for personal use. If your Bitvise SSH Server Control Panel is saying that there is an evaluation
period, this means that you installed the product as the Standard Edition. In this case, you need to uninstall Bitvise SSH Server, re-install it again,
and choose the Personal Edition this time.
 
Note that Bitvise SSH Server may be installed in the Personal Edition only by genuine, non-commercial personal users who are not using the SSH server as
part of a commercial endeavor, and are not using it in an organization, whether commercial or otherwise. All commercial or organizational use requires
a purchased license.
 
Q020. What are the limitations of the Personal Edition?
 
The Bitvise SSH Server Personal Edition:
 
• On domain member computers, can use only local Windows accounts. On a domain controller, can use domain accounts of that domain controller.
• Can configure only one Windows group (Everyone).
• Can configure only one virtual group.
• Has a limit of 10 Windows account entries.
• Has a limit of 10 virtual account entries.
• GSSAPI authentication is disabled (Kerberos and NTLM).
 
If you are trying to make a decision about whether to use the Personal or Standard Edition, please note that in most cases, this is not a technical decision.
All organizations, as well as personal users who do not qualify as non-commercial, must purchase a license for the Standard Edition. The Personal Edition
is available only for users who are both personal and non-commercial, and are therefore likely to be unaffected by the above limitations.
 
Source:
 
Note that this is not a server for the technically faint of heart.


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 


Carlos said, "there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied
force may be required to pry it open."
 
I assume you don't mean a large crowbar, & a small sledge hammer?!  LOL  LOL 
Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers!
Sent from my iBarstool.
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive
was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now in
its' third home so to speak.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind.  Although
accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general
are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure.  That being
the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.
If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
purchase a new one.  Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,
there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied
force may be required to pry it open.  And again this is not a guaranteed
fix.  It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only the
enclosure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.
>
> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
> yesterday.  When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP.  However, it is displayed in the
> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
> sound.  Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.  It's
> not a beep or a real mechanical click.  I have all of my daily files
> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
> family, which are like photographs to me.
>
> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
> to have this fixed professionally.  But I am nervous about anyone
> handling my personal information.  Is there any kind of contract that
> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
> read, or otherwise use it?  Does anyone here work in this field?  If
> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
> that I can use?  I am in New Jersey.  What would be the cost of
> recovering my data?  Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters.  If I am wrong, and
> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me.  Finally, can
> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
> many.  So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
> 500gb.  I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most.    I
> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.
>
> Thank you,
> Eleni
>
> --
> Facebook: elvam2167@...
>
> Skype: elvam2167
>
>
>








Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Eleni Vamvakari
 

For what it's worth, I am totally blind, and while I have been using
computers for 21 years, it is strictly as an end user, not as a
programmer or builder. I read that it may be possible to disconnect a
hard drive and put it in a new enclosure, but I also read that this
should be done strictly by a professional, as they use rooms with
purified air and humidity controls. At any rate, this is a comment
that I received in the BVI Tech Support on Facebook. I received
permission by the author to repost it here.

"Martin Lee Ralfe
Firstly Hello! I have worked in the IT industry for over 7 years
(since I was 16) also Microsoft certified.

In terms of practical assistance I can not offer any as I'm in the UK
however what I can tell you is: as I am assuming this a mechanical
hard drive (not a solid state drive or flash based) it does sound like
the drive plata (where your data is stored) has been scratched or
damaged by the read/write head when it had been dropped.

This unfortunately means Windows will not detect the drive has the
hard drive can not present any data the reason you are hearing the
connecting sound and drive activation is because the drive connector /
controller is not damaged and will continue to attempt turning itself
on, the noise you hear every few minutes like a computer turning off
will just be the controller on the drive failing after a time out and
force restarting.

Imagine it like a car turning on with a broken clutch or gear box the
engine will still run but it won't move.

As far as recovering your data goes I do not know how much vision you
have but free programs exist that you can boot your computer to like
hirens boot cd which contains a plethora of file recovery tools though
I must admit this is a very advanced program and even with guides data
recovery is not the easiest of tasks.

If you choose to pay someone to do it you could insist on a contract /
terms though unfortunately the nature of data recovery does mean the
data will have to be looked st and examined to ensure it is intact
which does mean presuming the data can be saved they will have to look
at and copy your files.

Finally the size of the drive does matter on cost as an example it can
cost upwards of £100 (UK) to recover even 200GB of data.

As far as a new external drive goes no hard disk drive is drop proof
but if you are willing to pay large flash drives or external SSDs may
be a better option.

Hope this helps"

Since it goes by the size of the drive, can I have them just scan
specific folders? When he says that the files must be examined, must
they be opened, played, etc. or can they be automatically scanned for
integrity?

I just tried to use Recuver on the drive, but it didn't recognise it
either. If I do get a flash drive or an ssd drive, how much would
that cost? It doesn't need to be the latest and greatest either, as
long as it works. I stayed away from those because I thought the cost
would be far too high for my budget.

Thanks,
Eleni

On 11/06/2017, David Ferrin via Groups.Io <dpf.1996=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive
was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now in

its' third home so to speak.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although
accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general
are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That being
the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.
If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,
there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully
applied
force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a guaranteed
fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only
the
enclosure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the
Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button. It's
not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files
saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
family, which are like photographs to me.

At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone
handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that
companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If
not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of
recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and
there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can
anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I
also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

Thank you,
Eleni

--
Facebook: elvam2167@gmail.com

Skype: elvam2167









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Skype: elvam2167


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Carlos
 


I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive.".  An external drive is an external drive.  Please clarify.  As for installing programs on an external drive, there is no reason why this can't be done.  Although it may cause issues in some cases.  For example, when the drive is not connected and a program is configured to run at startup.  Or with programs which insist on installing files into the Windows folder or other folders located on the system drive.  In other words, it will work well with some programs and not with others.  Some experimentation may be required, especially with more complex installations.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi all,

I have wanted to talk about external drives. I have an external drive, but it is not technically a external Hard Drive. I can save and back up anything on this terabyte external Drive, but I cannot get my computer to install programs on it. Is there a way to get my external drive to install programs so I have a terabyte hard drive, for example. Is there a difference between a external drive that you can only save things on and one where you can use as a true Hard Drive? I would greatly appreciate your apinions on this, carlos, and everyone else. My small laptop HP Stream only has a 32 Gig SSD drive. If I could use my external drive to get a Terabyte Hard drive, that would be so exciting, I would do a dance LOL!

It is a Toshiba external drive from radio shack for $80

David Moore

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:31 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

Hi Eleni,

 

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind.  Although

accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general

are acceptable.

 

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all

external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure.  That being

the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.

If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and

purchase a new one.  Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,

there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied

force may be required to pry it open.  And again this is not a guaranteed

fix.  It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be

worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only the

enclosure.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

 

 

>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the

> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor

> yesterday.  When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,

> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My

> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP.  However, it is displayed in the

> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting

> sound.  Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound

> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.  It's

> not a beep or a real mechanical click.  I have all of my daily files

> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,

> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my

> family, which are like photographs to me.

> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need

> to have this fixed professionally.  But I am nervous about anyone

> handling my personal information.  Is there any kind of contract that

> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,

> read, or otherwise use it?  Does anyone here work in this field?  If

> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company

> that I can use?  I am in New Jersey.  What would be the cost of

> recovering my data?  Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb

> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters.  If I am wrong, and

> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me.  Finally, can

> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?

> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the

> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be

> many.  So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around

> 500gb.  I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most.    I

> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

> Thank you,

> Eleni

> --

> Facebook: elvam2167@...

> Skype: elvam2167

>

>

 

 

 

 


Re: Dropped Hard Drive

David Ferrin <dpf.1996@...>
 

I dropped an external drive once and only the case got damaged. The drive was fine which BTW was an internal drive in an external case that is now in its' third home so to speak.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although
accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in general
are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all
external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That being
the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been damaged.
If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure and
purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific enclosures,
there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully applied
force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a guaranteed
fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be
worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only the
enclosure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <elvam2167@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive


I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the
blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.

I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor
yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,
so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under My
Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the
Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the connecting
sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound
that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button. It's
not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files
saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,
including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my
family, which are like photographs to me.

At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need
to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone
handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that
companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,
read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If
not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company
that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of
recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb
hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and
there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can
anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?
Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the
new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will be
many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around
500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I
also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.

Thank you,
Eleni

--
Facebook: elvam2167@gmail.com

Skype: elvam2167


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