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How to recover data from an unrecognized dual-disk external drive

image Several weeks ago, I built a Media-Center using a spare laptop I had. The point of this move was to be able to watch holidays pictures and movies on the Plasma TV of the living room along with music, so that the TV can also serve as an Hi-Fi system. This system also replaced the bulky (desktop) home server that was in the food storage room. Obviously, a laptop’s internal hard drive is way too small for such activities and I plugged an Iomega 1TB external (2x500GB) dual-disk USB hard drive that was previously used on the desktop. Unfortunately, that external drive was doing so much noise that it couldn’t be left switched on all the time: what was acceptable in the food-storage room wasn’t in the living room, so I switched it off and decided we would switch it on only when needed. All was well until last week-end, when I decided to switch it on and the disk wasn’t recognized by Windows…

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PocketPC Phone - Samsung SGH-i780: First impressions

Computer geeks like technology “toys”. They do not like it only because some of these toys are very technology advanced but mainly because it makes them more productive and makes their jobs easier, the latter being the biggest reason why companies tend to be inclined to provide their “corporate geeks” with this kind of items. As you can guess by now, I’m talking a bit about me and my brand new phone the Samsung SGH-i780.

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Will CPU bugs become IT-security's public enemy No.1?

Few people are actually aware of this, but just like software, processors have their share of bugs… I’m not simply talking about random failures like we know on hard-drives for example, but actual program logic faults, leading to unexpected results. After all, processors are constantly becoming faster and more powerful and hence harder to program. CPU Engineers always try to improve things like branch-prediction and pipelining to improve performance even more, which of course comes with the risk of a few bugs.

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