Hardware

Can I install an old hard drive into a new computer?

Episode 1360

Scott from Santa Monica Fwy, CA
Laptop Hard Drive Exposed

Scott wants to know if he can take the hard drive out of an old computer and then put it into a new one. Leo says yes, but he should only use it as a data drive. He could probably put it in an external USB enclosure so he can plug it in when he needs to. He could install it as a secondary hard drive as well. If he wants to use software from that hard drive, that's a lot more problematic due to registry issues. He may be able to dual boot from the older driver, but the device drivers won't work. So he'll have to work around that and use a boot manager.

What's the difference between online and offline backups?

Episode 1359

Tristen from Cincinnati, OH
USB Thumb Drives

Tristen wants to know how to backup his computer so that he has a copy locally. Leo says in the old days, we would divide backup into online, nearline, and offline backups. Online backup would be a hard drive connected to the computer that is synchronizing with data directories. So he'd have a copy on the computer and on the external drive. Nearline backup would be if the drive were put up on a shelf, and disconnected from the computer. Offline backup would be off in the cloud or at a different location entirely. It's best to use all three methods and keep multiple copies.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1358

Dick DeBartolo

4Moms has a high tech stroller called The Moxie Stroller. It has a power generator in the wheel to charge your mobile device, plus an LCD dashboard that displays speed, distance, temperature and calories burned. It has headlights and tail-lights. The company says it's compatible with their 4Moms self installing car seat we showed last year, and several other models. It's suitable for a child from birth to 55 lb and offers a full coverage canopy with pop out shade and UPF 30 protection.

How can I protect my Mac?

Episode 1357

John from Los Angeles, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

John wants to know if keeping his Mac on while he's walking around will damage the laptop. Leo says not if he puts it to sleep. It stops reading the drive that way.

What is a hardware password? A hardware or firmware password will keep the computer from starting up in any way other than its designated startup. On the Mac, he'd go into Utilities and set his firmware password. It's very important not to forget it, though.

What processor should I get in my next computer?

Episode 1357

Jerry from New Brunswick, NJ
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Jerry is getting a new computer and wants to know if he should buy one with an Intel or AMD processor? Leo says that AMD is a bit underpowered and he recommends sticking with the Intel i5. Leo says that for what Jerry does, a Chromebook is a very reliable and low cost alternative. It's the most secure OS out there. Leo recommends the Samsung Chromebook Plus, which goes on sale next month.