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Verify a External USB Hard Drive On a CentOS Linux Computer

Recently I had a hard drive crash that was in a Windows XP laptop. The drive would  not mount under Windows however I was able to eventually mount it under Linux and rescue some of the data. In this article I will describe how to verify the USB hard drive enclosure is seen on a CentOS Linux computer and verify that Linux is able to see the USB device and the drive.

First you will want to remove the hard drive from your Windows XP computer and physically mount it into the USB hard drive enclosure. This will involve connecting it inside (IDE or SATA) and then plugging the USB cable or cables into the CentOS server. Since the hard drive is damaged its hard to know if its not reading it or if you have something misconfigured, a loose cable, etc. Below are a couple tips to make sure that the hard drive is being recognized via the USB connection.

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Play a Video From iPod Touch or iPhone on Your Computer

Playing a video that is located on your iPod Touch or your iPhone on your computer is easy. The great thing about this is you can download many podcasts or other media programs in high definition so if you have a large monitor or your PC is connected to your TV you can now easily play media from your iPhone or Touch on your TV. The main problem I had in making all of this happen is the fact that I typically sync my iPod Touch to my laptop but I have a PC in my office that is connected to my TV where I like to watch some of the podcasts I have downloaded. Below I mention how play media from your iDevice on your computer as well as how to load data from multiple computers onto your iPod Touch or iPhone.

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How to Sync Google Calendar to Verizon Wireless Voyager LG VX10000

This was written to assist a friend syncing his Google Calendar items with his Verizon Wireless LG VX10000 cell phone. Follow the directions below to import your calendar items into the Voyager VX10000.

  1. Download Windows USB Drivers: First you will want to download and install the USB drivers for your Verizon Wireless Voyager cell phone from Verizon’s web site. Download LG Voyager Windows USB here.
  2. Install LG Voyager Windows USB Drivers: Double click on the .exe file that was just downloaded from the Verizon Wireless web site. This will start the installation process and guide you through step by step. If there are any issues with installation check the Verizon site for assistance.