Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I clone a hard drive?

Episode 1174

Kenny from Temple,TX
Hard drive

Kenny wants to know how to clone a hard drive. Leo says that usually when buying a new hard drive, it comes with a utility that will clone all the data and put it onto the new drive. That's much better than any third party utility. What's a good drive to buy? Leo recommends Western Digital, but they're pretty much the same now. There's not much to differentiate them anymore.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1173

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D continues his gadget tour of the Global Pet Expo with the Pawz Safe Spot Leash. About 2 million dogs are stolen each year and the Safespot Leash allows you to lock down your pet when you have to leave him outside while shopping. It has a steel cable strap and locks on both ends, while the collar remains adjustable. It's available at Petco for about $70, but you can also get it at Amazon with free shipping for $61.

Are Lithium Ion batteries getting better?

Episode 1173

Mike from San Diego, CA
Battery

Dave has seen a website that promises upgraded Lithium Ion batteries for better safety and to increase battery life. Leo says that once he sees a study that verifies the claims, he'll buy into it. Leo has seen a lot of promises on the internet over the years and very little in the way of delivery. It's definitely something that users want, but the proof is in the pudding.

How can I update my Nexus Player?

Episode 1173

Abdiel from Rochester, NY
Google Nexus Player

Abdiel is having trouble updating his Nexus Player to Android 5.1. He gets a red triangle error. Leo says that over the air updates require more storage because it will need to expand and install the update. So he may need to restore the player before he can update it. If that doesn't work, it's possible that the OTA download is bad. Google has released the 5.1 image for download, so he should try that. Abdiel will also need something called "Fast Boot" on his machine.

What hard drive should I get for my Mac Mini?

Episode 1173

Jay from Providence, NC
Apple Mac Mini

Jay would like to replace his hard drive in his Mac Mini. What hard drive should he get, and where should he buy it? Leo says that these days, all hard drives are pretty much the same. Leo advises getting an SSD though. They're becoming quite resilient, are lasting longer, and the price is dropping.

If he's looking to get a spinning drive, Leo advises going to Other World Computing. They specialize in Apple replacement parts and even offer videos on how to do it.

Where will Apple be in five years?

Episode 1173

Scott from Laguna Woods, CA
Apple Campus

Scott wonders where Apple will be in five years since they're about to become a trillion dollar company. Leo says it's amazing considering Apple has had more than one life. They sell more iPhones in one week than they did computers in 6 years during the 80s.

Leo says that the iPhone has reached a point where it's very mature and the new growth area may likely be wearable computers like the Apple Watch. That may change things dramatically. But Apple is very good when it comes to pivoting.

How do I best calibrate my computer monitor to watch Netflix?

Charles from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1172

Charles has an Asus laptop with Windows 8.1 and wants to know how to color calibrate it. He knows there are utilities on the computer to do it, but which setting should he use when watching Netflix? Leo says that they all essentially do the same thing. If he uses a monitor with a descent color profile, Windows will get it pretty close.

If he's a photographer, he may need to create his own color profile to get the colors he's looking for. That involves a calibrator. Charles should just make sure he has it set for the correct monitor, and that's all he will have to do.

Why doesn't Apple put Touch ID on a mouse?

Episode 1172

Les from United Kingdom
Apple Magic Mouse

Les is interested in Touch ID and how it can be used with laptops. Why hasn't Apple integrated this into computers yet? Leo says that Touch ID is a great new feature in the iPhone, and a better fingerprint reader is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6 too. But if Apple doesn't see a market for it on a computer, they won't offer it. But if they notice others doing it, then Apple will swoop in and do it better.

Some are using the Knock app, but Leo's had mixed results with it. The chatroom says the Mac ID app will do it.

How can I get BootCamp to load Windows on my Mac?

Episode 1172

Pete from Brooklyn, NY
Apple Mac Pro 2013

Pete has a 2013 Mac Pro and he's trying to dual boot in Windows with BootCamp, but it won't work. Leo says it's probably a driver issue. When using BootCamp, it loads Apple's drivers. If the drivers are bad, then the OS can't talk to the hardware. So if Apple doesn't have drivers for his version of Windows, he's out of luck.

Running Windows virtually is another story. A virtual app like Parallels can act as a middle man that 'tricks' the OS into believing it's a Windows machine.