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December 12th, 2013 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

Meeting started by President Hugh at 6:40 pm. There were 28 in attendance and no visitors.

Hugh talked about a non-profit organization that is open to new members called the Idaho Chariots.

Question and Answer session

  • Windows 7 icons are not in the same order as before.: Right-click, view, auto arrange icons
  • When is the Windows 8.2 release date?: It is said to be released in mid-2014
  • Desktop gadgets-can people get into your computer with them?: Only if they “go to the outside world.” Internal gadgets are not able to be hacked. Hugh’s gadgets are from AddGadgets.com

First presentation by Hugh, titled Hard Drives 101

  • What is a Hard Drive?
    • HDD is a data storage device using rapidly rotating disks coated with magnetic material. It retains data even when it’s powered off.
    • History
      • 350 RAMAC-first IBM drive (1956) was the size of two refrigerators and held 3.75 MB
      • 1311 Disk drive (1961) was the size of a washing machine
      • Winchester (1973) is what today’s hard drives are modeled after
    • Makeup of the Platter
      • Aluminum, Chromium, Cobalt, Platinum, Nickel, and lubricant (usually glass or Teflon)
    • Technology
      • HDD records data by magnetizing a thin film of ferromagnetic material on a disk. Heads are vulnerable to damage due to extremely close spacing between the heads and disk surface.
    • Servers are now converted to 2.5 inch drives, and many laptops use 1.8 inch drives
    • New “shingle” method is being used, similar to that of your home roof
    • Hard Drive Interfaces
      • Modified Frequency Modulation (MFM), Enhanced Small Disk Interface (ESDI), Small Computer Serial Interface (SCSI), Fibre Channel, Serial ATA (SATA), and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
    • New laptops have flash drives. Eventually hard drives will not be used.

Break at 7:40pm where those in attendance enjoyed various snacks, exchanged Christmas cards, and purchased tickets for the Raffle.

Second presentation by Brian, titled Local Backup

  • Windows backup requires use of a whole 2 TB or smaller hard drive and allows backup to external storage.
  • To backup, go the Action Center, then choose backup and restore
  • “Create a system image” will have an image of your computer you can always come back to in case you have a virus.
  • You can make a one-time backup to a CD or DVD, but it will take a lot of discs, and you cannot set up an automated backup.
  • You can backup an entire image of your laptop, or certain files.
  • If you don’t have an external drive, you can save on a network and pull the backup from another computer.
  • The first backup you run will take much longer, whereas the second backup and beyond will only restore changes.
  • Automatic Backup Software
    • Crash Plan (if you search this in Google it will be the first option)
      • Download to your PC and create an account, then launch the program.
      • You can backup to a drive, the cloud, or another computer, and don’t have to use the internet
      • There are multiple settings available, such as scheduling, what percent battery level to stop the backup at, and the availability for others to back up to your computer.
  • Jungle Disk (Backs up to the internet) & CloneZilla (Backs up to image)

The raffle was held at the end of the meeting, with the main raffle prize being a Kindle Fire HDX. The winner of this grand prize was Gregg. There were other items raffled off as well, such as cut-outs of snowflakes, mystery gag gifts, a keyboard, mouse, and various computer books.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.

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