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  • Navy SEAL Turns Over Picture of Bin Laden’s Body, Faces Investigation of Business Ties

    01/19/2016 12:10:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Mattew Cole
    A FORMER NAVY SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a bestselling book about the raid is now the subject of a widening federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty, according to two people familiar with the case. Matthew Bissonnette, the former SEAL and author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the 2011 bin Laden operation, had already been under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Navy for revealing classified information. The two people familiar with the probe said the current investigation,...
  • Sensitive Data Missing From National Archives

    05/20/2009 7:21:48 AM PDT · by John W · 40 replies · 1,469+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | May 20, 2009 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON - The National Archives lost a computer hard drive containing massive amounts of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and Secret Service and White House operating procedures, congressional officials said Tuesday. One of former Vice President Al Gore's three daughters is among those whose Social Security numbers were on the drive, but it was not clear which one. Other information includes logs of events, social gatherings and political records. Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said in a written statement that the agency was preparing to notify affected individuals of the breach. The representative of former...
  • We Now Know Where Lois Lerner's Emails and Backup Tapes Were Destroyed

    07/31/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There have been dozens of questions surrounding the disappearance of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. Some of Lerner's emails have been recovered, after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said under oath they were lost forever. Thousands are still missing. But perhaps the most compelling questions that have been asked since the IRS targeting scandal broke in May 2013 are 1) Exactly where were Lerner's emails and backup tapes destroyed? 2) Who destroyed them? Now, we have an answer. According to Americans for Tax Reform,Lerner's hard drive was...
  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware

    02/17/2015 7:03:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM | Jeremy Kirk
    The malware reprograms the hard drive’s firmware, creating hidden sectors on the drive that can only be accessed through a secret API (application programming interface). Once installed, the malware is impossible to remove: disk formatting and reinstalling the OS doesn’t affect it, and the hidden storage sector remains. “Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, in a phone interview Monday.
  • Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

    02/16/2015 11:44:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies ^ | Feb 16, 2015 |
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
  • Seagate’s new 8TB hard drive is the first of its kind

    08/26/2014 7:18:15 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 87 replies ^ | 8/26/14 | Brittany Hillen
    Seagate has hit a new storage milestone with its recently unveiled 8TB hard drive disk, the first of its kind to start shipping. The company calls this an "important step forward", saying its new offering meets the increasing data-heavy demands of our modern cloud-centric world. The new 8TB offering is a 3.5-inch drive, and the maker is hawking it at cloud providers and others revolving around bulk data storage. Said IDC's John Rydning, "Public and private data centers are grappling with efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital content." He points towards the 8TB drive as a solution for addressing...
  • Would You Believe, Another Crashed Hard Drive?

    07/14/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/14/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday made yet another request to the federal government for details about a crashed hard drive that may have contained information allowing criminal charges to be brought against a federal official. Issa’s newest letter concerns the hard drive of April Sands, a former employee at the Federal Election Commission who resigned in the spring after admitting to violations of the Hatch Act. That law puts restrictions on the ability of government officials to conduct political activities while on the job, or from government offices.
  • moving all the data from one laptop to

    07/13/2014 6:49:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 77 replies
    myself | 7-13-14 | TZ
    I was given the gift of a new laptop- HP Pavilion Smartouch 17. not my first choice, but it was a nice gift and the giver knew my old Toshiba Satellite L505-a6946 is dying and that I'm too cheap to buy a new one. The Satellite uses Vista and the new HP is Windows 8.1 . I need to know what's the best(easiest) way to move all my data from one to the other including AVG,Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes,emails(Outlook)and other vital programs. While I'm at it, I assume it came with all sorts of unwanted 'bloatware' so I will need to...
  • IRS Wanted Lois Lerner Emails To Disappear

    06/24/2014 9:52:31 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 110 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The IRS canceled a contract with an email storage contractor weeks after Lois Lerner reported lost personal files and before other IRS officials had their hard drives crash as Tea Party-targeting investigations began. Timing is everything, the saying goes, and sometimes the timing of events is also very curious, as in the case of the lost emails of Lerner and at least six other officials at the very same time the IRS canceled its contract to back up and preserve those emails as required by federal law. Lerner's computer supposedly crashed in June 2011, an alleged event the IRS...
  • Hard Drive Crashed, Then Hard Drive Thrown Out, Then the IRS Cancelled its Email Archiving

    06/23/2014 8:29:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Then a giant dog stuck its head through the window and ate all the servers.You expect this kind of thing from Enron. You don’t expect it from the IRS. But as it turns out, there isn’t much difference. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cancelled its longtime relationship with an email-storage contractor just weeks after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed.Lois Lerner’s computer allegedly crashed in June 2011, just ten days after House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp first wrote a letter asking if the IRS was engaging in...
  • Report: Lois Lerner's Hard Drive Has Been "Thrown Away"

    06/19/2014 5:26:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 125 replies ^ | 6/19/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    According to a report published late last night in POLITICO, the hard drive belonging to Lois Lerner where the IRS claims her emails to outside agencies and groups like the White House, Department of Justice, FEC, Democrat members of Congress, etc. were stored has been...destroyed. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the...
  • Why Darrell Issa Just Asked The IRS To Hand Over A Hard Drive

    06/18/2014 12:28:29 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/17/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on Tuesday issued a subpoena to the Internal Revenue Service, ordering the agency to turn over the hard drive they claim is responsible for wiping out two years of critical email communications. Issa has dramatically widened his probe into the IRS after the agency announced last week that it had lost the emails, which may have provided information about an IRS policy of targeting for extra scrutiny and delay many conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
  • Seagate Ships 6 TB Hard Drive doing 7200 RPM

    04/07/2014 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | 04/07/2014 02:59 PM | Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Seagate announced it is now shipping the world's fastest 6 TB hard disk drive (HDD) - the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. Boasting industry-leading performance, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers."Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering...
  • Consumer Reports: Wiping your old electronics clean

    12/24/2013 9:08:06 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 47 replies
    Local abc ^ | 12-24-2013 | Alicia Vitarelli
    If you get new electronics for Christmas and want to pass your old ones to someone else, (snip) ..... Consumer Reports says it's important to remove your personal data before you get rid of any electronic device. "Everything from financial documents to photos, you want to make sure to delete all that information before you give it or sell it to anyone else," said Rich Fisco, Consumer Reports. On many tablets there are built-in ways to wipe your data. For example, on the iPad, go to Settings and selected "General." Look for the "Reset" option. In the next window, choose...
  • Help with antique computer (vanity)

    10/12/2013 8:25:24 AM PDT · by ottbmare · 46 replies
    Self | Self
    Back in the early 1980s I was a first-adopter and bought an AT&T 6300 PC. Believe it or not, it still fires up and runs (though the monitor fizzes now and won't display anything). It runs MS-DOS and had Wordstar on it. I backed up the work I had on that machine with both hard copies and floppy disks, (you young whipper-snappers might have heard of those), but they were all destroyed in a fire. Always intended to ask someone if there was a way to get the information off the old hard drive, but I kept thinking, "mańana," and...
  • Vanity Post Computer Problem

    06/12/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT · by timestax · 39 replies
    timestax | June 12,2013 | timestax
    This morning, first thing I see is a warning from Windows 7, that says the hard drive is in imminent danger of failing, and to immediately back up all files. What's up with this. Anybody else getting this. Could it be gubmint boys causing this or just normal failure. DELL laptop is about one year old. Otherwise, up till now =NO PROBLEMS. And ,YES it is turned on. PLEASE, no joking around this time.
  • UK Muslim Convert Richard Dart Jailed For Terrorism

    04/25/2013 4:22:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies ^ | 26/04/2013 00:00 | Margaret Davis
    SNIPPET: "Muslim convert Richard Dart declared “judging is only for Allah” and refused to stand in the dock as he was jailed for six years for terrorism yesterday." SNIPPET: "Mr Justice Simon said the three held “radical Islamist beliefs” and showed they were “committed to acts of terrorism”. Dart, 30, of Ealing, west London, was jailed for six years; Mahmood, 22, from Northolt, west London for nine years and nine months, and Alom, 26, of Stratford, east London, for four years and six months." SNIPPET: "Dart and Alom travelled to Pakistan to try to get terrorist training, and took advice...
  • A Nanofabrication Technique Doubles Hard Drive Capacity

    03/20/2013 9:09:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 03-19-13 | By Mike Orcutt
    Laboratory advance shows that nano-imprinting could help the hard drive industry meet its long-term goals for data storage capacity. Researchers at HGST, a major manufacturer of hard disk drives, have shown that an emerging fabrication technology called nano-imprinting could be used to double the data storage capacity of today’s hard disks. They say the patent-pending work, done in collaboration with a company called Molecular Imprints, could lead to a cost-effective manufacturing process by the end of the decade. Hard disk drives store data in magnetic material on the surface of a spinning disk. During production, this material is deposited as...
  • Only the deceit is transparent

    11/19/2012 9:47:37 AM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-19-12 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama promised his administration set a new standard in transparency: I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness .... Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency. Obama even issued a memo My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. He declared his to...
  • Fabrication Trick Offers Fivefold Leap in Hard-Disk Capacity

    11/19/2012 7:38:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Tom Simonite
    Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding. A technique that enables the nanopatterned layers that store data in hard disk drives to assemble themselves has been improved to better suit mass production, and could enable disks that store five times as much data as the largest available today. Using self-assembly instead of machines that print or etch out features has long been considered a potential solution to a looming barrier to expanding the capacity of hard-disk designs. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin...
  • PC technical question (vanity)

    10/21/2012 12:29:48 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 29 replies
    Former Fetus
    So, here I am again, the technologically challenged FReeper, with another "life or death" question. My husband is ready to throw his PC through the window. It is slower than molasses in January, it freezes... We used to blame Vista for it. But lately I've noticed something when I run Microsoft Security Essentials on both his and my pc. Even though I have lots of pics in my pc, class notes, power points... it scans right under 650,000 items in less than an hour. My husband does not have ANYTHING installed, except the OS, IE, and Microsoft Office. But at...
  • Hot Idea for a Faster Hard Drive

    02/16/2012 8:16:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 7 February 2012 | Jim Heirbaut
    Enlarge Image Laser-induced switching. Experimental images showing two small domains with magnetic orientation up (white) and down (black). Each laser pulse reverses the direction repeatedly. Credit: Johan Mentink; Richard Evans (inset) An ultrashort heat pulse can predictably flip a bit in a magnetic memory like the one in your hard drive. The surprising effect could ultimately lead to magnetic memories hundreds of times faster and more energy efficient than today's hard drives. It also provides a way to control the direction in which a bit is magnetized without applying something else that has a direction, such as a magnetic...
  • Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

    02/08/2012 10:31:31 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 8 February 2012 | Iain Thomson
    A team of scientists have published a new way of using heat to store data magnetically, which could increase the speed of hard drives over a hundredfold. Conventional drives use electromagnetism to selectively change the polarity of points on a drive, representing a one or a zero. But according to research published in Nature Communications, the team used a high-powered laser to write data onto a special gadolinium and iron storage unit in a fraction of the time, using much less energy.One pulse for 0, two for 1 “Instead of using a magnetic field to record information on a magnetic...
  • Physicists 'record' magnetic breakthrough

    02/07/2012 10:44:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/7/12
    An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology. The researchers found they could record information using only heat - a previously unimaginable scenario. They believe this discovery will not only make future magnetic recording devices faster, but more energy-efficient too. The results of the research, which was led by the University of York's Department of Physics, are reported in the February edition of Nature Communications. York physicist Thomas Ostler said: "Instead of using a magnetic field to...
  • Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers (rewritable crystals?)

    08/20/2011 8:48:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/14/11 | Richard Gray
    Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers Computers may soon be saving their data onto hard drives made of glass following research by British scientists who have developed a way of storing information similar to the "memory crystals" seen in the Superman films. By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent 9:45AM BST 14 Aug 2011 Researchers at Southampton University used lasers to rearrange the atoms in pieces of glass, turning it into new type of computer memory. They claim the glass memory is far more stable and resilient than current types of hard-drive memory, which have a limited lifespan of a...
  • The backstory on Weiner’s implosion

    06/11/2011 8:08:55 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 111 replies
    wash post ^ | 6-11-11 | sargent
    The backstory on Weiner’s implosion So the Democratic leadership has called on Anthony Weiner to resign, in the wake of news that he had connected with a 17 year old girl through social media. The family has claimed that nothing was untoward, but suddenly, a fusillade of statements came from Dem leaders today demanding he resign. Here’s what happened, according to a senior Democratic aide. Nancy Pelosi had been privately urging Weiner to resign and seek treatment for days, the aide says. But he told her today that he would take a temporary leave of absence and seek treatment. Once...
  • Exclusive: Weiner's Messages to Teenage Girl in Delaware Draw Police Attention

    06/10/2011 3:04:59 PM PDT · by macquire · 281 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 10, 2011 | Jana Winter
    DEVELOPING: NEW CASTLE, Del. -- Police on Friday afternoon came to the home of a 17-year-old high school junior to ask her about direct online communications she has had with Rep. Anthony Weiner. Two officers from the New Castle County Police Department arrived at the girl's home around 4:30 p.m. and asked to speak with the girl's mother about the daughter's contact with Weiner. Another officer appeared at the home a short time later. A reporter was at the home when the police arrived. The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told, "I'm...
  • Seagate lands Samsung's hard drive unit for $1.37 billion

    04/20/2011 8:33:19 AM PDT · by TheBattman · 20 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 19, 2011 | Larry Dignan
    Seagate has acquired Samsung Electronics’ hard disk drive (HDD) operations for $1.37 billion in a move that boils the market down to two players. Seagate and Western Digital now control 90 percent of the HDD market with Toshiba a distant third. Under the terms of the deal, Samsung will lump its HDD unit into Seagate in exchange for a cash and stock deal worth $1.375 billion. Samsung will own nearly 10 percent of Seagate and the two companies will cross-license patents. Samsung will also provide NAND flash memory for Seagate’s solid-state drives. In addition, Seagate will supply drives for Samsung’s...
  • What is good (really good) data wipe software?

    04/05/2011 7:34:35 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 41 replies · 1+ views
    5 April 2011 | Mene
    Trying to find out which software is actually good data wipe software to clean up a hard drive for installation of new OS.
  • Can You Frisk a Hard Drive?

    02/19/2011 7:41:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/19/11 | DAVID K. SHIPLER
    February 19, 2011 Can You Frisk a Hard Drive? By DAVID K. SHIPLER /snip And there is where concerns have developed about invasions of privacy, for the most complete records on the travelers may be the ones they are carrying: their laptop computers full of professional and personal e-mail messages, photographs, diaries, legal documents, tax returns, browsing histories and other windows into their lives far beyond anything that could be, or would be, stuffed into a suitcase for a trip abroad. Those revealing digital portraits can be immensely useful to inspectors, who now hunt for criminal activity and security threats...
  • Recovery Partition moved from one drive to another?

    01/13/2011 3:14:20 PM PST · by chaosagent · 14 replies
    How did the Recovery Partition move from one hard drive to another?
  • External Hard Drives I need one. Any Recommendations?

    01/02/2011 11:11:07 AM PST · by Don@VB · 60 replies
    Me | 1/2/11 | Don
    I need the external HD for back up. My internal hard drive is 120 GB and I have never used half. Also, Can I back up 2 computers (about same size) with one external HD? Do they come with an and auto backup feature. Any brand recommendations or advice always appreciated.
  • How to access "Owner" folder on secondary hard drive - help please.

    10/01/2009 4:07:47 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies · 889+ views
    1 October 2009 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Freepers. Please help. I have a hard drive which came from a crashed motherboard comptuer. It allows me to access all folders on the hard drive when set as a slave, but will not let me access the owner folder telling me it has zere (0) bytes and is not accessible. However,'s program will scan the hard drive owner folder and shows all the subfolders and files to be there. How can I can I open that folder to get those files? Thanks in advance, Freeper computer whizzes.
  • U.S. National Archives offers reward for missing hard drive

    05/20/2009 5:39:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 902+ views
    cnet ^ | May 20, 2009 | by Elinor Mills
    The U.S. National Archives on Wednesday said it is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of a missing hard drive that contains personal information of former Clinton administration staff and visitors. The small portable hard drive was being kept as a backup, the National Archives explained in a question-and-answer document (PDF) on its Web site. It held copies of about 113 four-millimeter tape cartridges of "snapshots" of hard-drive contents of employees who left the Executive Office of the President. Because the staff maintained White House entry information and electronic address books, the external drive contains personally...
  • Clinton-era hard drive missing from archives

    05/19/2009 6:29:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 2,141+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/19/09 | Eric Zimmerman
    A massive amount of sensitive, national security-related information from the Clinton administration has gone missing from the national archives. The Inspector General of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) told congressional committee staffers Tuesday that a hard drive containing over a terabyte of information -- the equivalent of millions of books--went missing from the NARA facility in College Park, Md., sometime between October 2008 and March 2009. The Department of Justice and the Secret Service are conducting an investigation, but it's so far unclear whether the drive was lost as the result of a crime or an accident. That...
  • Sensitive US missile defence data found on computer disk bought on eBay

    05/07/2009 3:28:35 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 634+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 7, 2009
    Sensitive data detailing launch procedures for a US military missile air defence system have been found on a second-hand computer hard drive bought on eBay. More than 300 hard disks were studied and researchers uncovered other sensitive information including bank account details, medical records, confidential business plans, financial company data, personal id numbers, and job descriptions. The drives were bought from the UK, America, Germany, France and Australia through computer auctions, computer fairs and on the online auction site eBay. The exercise was carried out by BT's Security Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan in Wales, Edith...
  • Detective: Gricar researched how to destroy hard drive (Missing DA)

    04/15/2009 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 880+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 4/14/2009 | Sara Ganim
    BELLEFONTE — Before he disappeared April 15, 2005, former District Attorney Ray Gricar used his home computer to search the Internet for information on “how to wreck a hard drive,” “how to fry a hard drive,” and “water damage to a notebook computer.” Tuesday, one day before the fourth anniversary of Gricar’s disappearance, Bellefonte Police Det. Matthew Rickard released information that raises the question as to why Gricar might have wanted to destroy that hard drive. Gricar, who was planning to retire in eight months, went for a drive through Brush Valley, toward Lewisburg, on April 15, 2005, and hasn’t...
  • Big Brother watching? Coming soon

    03/31/2009 1:33:50 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 6 replies · 472+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | March 31, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    There is a slow but steady encroachment on our privacy by government. It often comes with rational and admirable cover terms for a hidden agenda. A recent comment by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, during his conformation hearings, broached the subject of taxing car mileage based on GPS tracking. An immediate hue and cry went up from privacy organizations which saw it as an Orwellian intrusion. It was dropped like a hot potato by the White House. The EU is currently looking at another
  • Toshiba Launches Industry's First 512 GB SSD

    12/23/2008 6:05:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 81 replies · 1,728+ views ^ | 12/21/2008 | Staff
    Toshiba announced today the expansion of their line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the industry's first 2.5-inch 512 GB SSD and a broad family of fast read/write SSD's based on 43 nanometer Multi-Level Cell NAND. In addition to the 2.5-inch, 512GB drive, the 43nm NAND SSD family also includes capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, offered in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch drive enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules. These 2nd generation SSD's offer increased capacity and performance for notebook computers. They utilize an advanced MLC controller that achieves higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling to...
  • If Your Hard Drive Could Testify...

    01/07/2008 6:56:46 AM PST · by rawhide · 122 replies · 144+ views
    New York Times ^ | 01-07-08 | Adam Liptak
    A couple of years ago, Michael T. Arnold landed at the Los Angeles International Airport after a 20-hour flight from the Philippines. He had his laptop with him, and a customs officer took a look at what was on his hard drive. Clicking on folders called “Kodak pictures” and “Kodak memories,” the officer found child pornography. The search was not unusual: the government contends that it is perfectly free to inspect every laptop that enters the country, whether or not there is anything suspicious about the computer or its owner. Rummaging through a computer’s hard drive, the government says, is...
  • Hard Drive Problems

    12/16/2007 5:02:24 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 40 replies · 406+ views
    12-16-07 | ps
    My 200gig HD is partitioned as 2 drives, one for the OS and one for storage. Friday night I put the 200 into an external HD enclosure and since then the second partition will not show up.Is there a way to get that information back?
  • Seagate Ships Virus-Laden Hard Drives (Made in China)

    11/13/2007 7:05:20 AM PST · by holymoly · 36 replies · 302+ views
    PC World ^ | November 13, 2007 | Robert McMillan
    A small number of Seagate's Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 consumer hard drives are infected with a password-stealing virus. If you bought one of Seagate's Maxtor Basics consumer hard drives recently, check it for viruses. Especially if you're a gamer. Seagate is warning that a "small number" of its Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives recently shipped with the Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah virus, malicious software that "searches for passwords for online games and sends them to a server located in China," according to a note posted on the Seagate Web site. Only drives purchased since August 2007 are affected, Seagate said....
  • Bureau warns on tainted discs (Chinese trojan on Taiwanese harddrives)

    11/12/2007 2:10:24 PM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 159+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | November 11 2007 | Yang Kuo-wen, Lin Ching-chuan and Rich Chang
    FOCUSED ATTACK: Large-capacity hard disks often used by government agencies were found to contain Trojan horse viruses, Investigation Bureau officials warned Portable hard discs sold locally and produced by US disk-drive manufacturer Seagate Technology have been found to carry Trojan horse viruses that automatically upload to Beijing Web sites anything the computer user saves on the hard disc, the Investigation Bureau said. Around 1,800 of the portable Maxtor hard discs, produced in Thailand, carried two Trojan horse viruses: autorun.inf and ghost.pif, the bureau under the Ministry of Justice said. The tainted portable hard disc uploads any information saved on the...
  • Bureau warns on tainted discs

    11/12/2007 2:00:49 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies · 62+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Nov 11, 2007 | Yang Kuo-wen, Lin Ching-chuan and Rich Chang
    Portable hard discs sold locally and produced by US disk-drive manufacturer Seagate Technology have been found to carry Trojan horse viruses that automatically upload to Beijing Web sites anything the computer user saves on the hard disc, the Investigation Bureau said. Around 1,800 of the portable Maxtor hard discs, produced in Thailand, carried two Trojan horse viruses: autorun.inf and ghost.pif, the bureau under the Ministry of Justice said. The tainted portable hard disc uploads any information saved on the computer automatically and without the owner's knowledge to and, the bureau said. The affected hard discs are Maxtor Basics...
  • Technical Assistance 2nd Hard Drive Install

    08/27/2007 1:14:07 PM PDT · by A_Tradition_Continues · 4 replies · 230+ views
    08/27/2007 | ATC
    Installing a second h/d to a computer. 2nd HD is from pc with dead MB. 2nd HD is formatted with OS (XP) installed. I want to use the #2 HD as a slave and for storage only. HD's are matching ATA/IDE 80GB, 7200 RPM.Question...should I fdisk and reformat before I install as a slave?
  • State Police searching Virginia Tech duck pond (hunt for Cho Seung Hui's missing hard drive)

    06/27/2007 11:12:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,352+ views
    State Police searching Virginia Tech duck pond By Dawn Jefferies / 10 On Your Side Jun 25, 2007 It was here, at the Virginia Tech duck pond witnesses reported seeing Seung Hui Cho the morning of April 16th. Today, the duck pond is being drained. Virginia state police say they're leaving no stone unturned. Back in April, 10 on your side was there when teams searched the area, only saying it was a routine part of the investigation. Teams will come out and search this area again but they have to wait until the water drains. Last week, the Washington...
  • (V) Assistance sought - hard drive crash (V)

    02/19/2007 11:35:03 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 23 replies · 321+ views
    self ^ | 02/19/07 | theinvisib1hand
    Here's the situation: While attempting to uninstall something, the machine froze, and so I attempted to reboot, and it's never booted since.So, I tried to reinstall Windows XP Pro, and it still hangs on the boot.I've run chkdsk numerous times, tried booting from a different hard drive and accessing the data by making this drive a USB device, and the system won't recognize it.Needless to say I deleted my backups... So, there is some important data on this drive, lots of written work, some r&d, a lot of sentimental stuff, all important email addresses, etc.Can anyone offer any advice besides,...
  • VA Hard Drive With Personal Data Missing

    02/04/2007 8:07:57 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 17 replies · 566+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 04 2007 | AP
    A portable hard drive that may contain the personal information of up to 48,000 veterans may have been stolen, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a lawmaker said Friday. An employee at the VA medical center in Birmingham, Ala. reported the external hard drive missing on Jan. 22. The drive was used to back up information on the employee's office computer. It may have contained data from research projects, the department said. The employee also said the hard drive may have had personal information on some veterans, although portions of the data were protected. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson...
  • System backup

    11/04/2006 3:23:33 AM PST · by don-o · 52 replies · 1,653+ views
    Little House on Unaka | November 4, 2006 | don-o
    Soliciting advice and instructions on what is the best way to backup a PC. I have two computers and two hard drives on each.Yes, I have done a Google, but I would like the advice from Freepers who have helped many of us with out computer questions over the years. Is there a way to make an exact copy of my OS, including programs and all data, and "paste" it onto the other hard drive? I read about backing up data; what about backing up everyting? Apologizing in advance for asking a stupid question. But, the weekend is when I...