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  1. HDD (90% sure) Dead

    Not unless you have a clean room and a donor drive to swap parts from. Recover what you can while you still can. You can fiddle around with it later if you choose to.
  2. HDD (90% sure) Dead

    I cannot add much more to this thread other than the tool I prefer to use is shadowmaker free edition. Works well and has a ton of features for a free program. Macrium free is almost as good. Anymore I try to make a disk image every 3-4 months or so. you can also clone to a drive that is smaller so long as the used data portion does not exceed the size of the smaller drive, useful when migrating to an ssd, or if you cannot afford a new drive and have a smaller usable drive laying around. Not exactly recommended if possible, Ive had mixed results, but doable in a pinch. I only mention this because I always keep a stack of 250gb drives around. If you do try this I had the best luck with shadowmaker in this situation. You may be able to recover some of the corrupted files, but I have had limited success. Definitely do not trust a recovered BIOS or firmware file. I used undelete 360 and recuva to recover some of my files last month when I had 2 drives fail. I was only able to recover 5-6 files out of several hundred, but better than nothing.
  3. Retro Gaming TV Advice

    Keep your eye out for old "professional" crt displays on craigslist. I find them pretty frequently here. I used to have a couple, but I am just not serious enough to keep a CRT out. I would be interested in finding a better solution for SNES, but other than that I just use a backwards compatible PS3, Wii, and 360 for the majority of the disc based games I want to play.
  4. I prefer workstation or business class laptops when I can. They just seem to last longer. My 8 year old thinkpad still gets used as an internet surfing machine to this day.
  5. Verizon to lock phones in spring

    That kind of sucks. I really liked buying my devices at Verizon. I dropped their service over a year ago.
  6. I7600HQ at 100% all the time

    Have you tried doing a clean install of windows? If that is absolutely not an option for some weird reason try making a live linux based recovery disc and running a virus scan from within that.
  7. A macbook fits darn near everything you are asking for minus a decent cooling solution. Install windows and have fun. Since I am guessing most people will hate that solution look into Lenovo's thinkpad line if you want something built fairly well (still not near as good as they used to be). Order to suit. Or the Yoga line for something thin and light, I love my 910. This does limit you to dual core with hyper-threading though. If you want an honest opinion though, look into the Legion or Aorus notebooks and buy one with a decent discrete graphics card 1060 or 1070 should do. It will cost you around the same amount and outperform a 1080ti in an external enclosure, which by the way adds another 400 ish to your overall cost. All depends on budget, but you're not going to find much with an i7 quad core for under 1000, a decent "gaming" laptop will start at 1200-1400 and outperform a desktop graphics card in an enclosure, a workstation laptop with a desktop cpu and up to dual discrete graphics cards will start at the 2200 dollar range. Just flipping through Lenovos new line up it would cost you another 5-700 more to get a model without discrete graphics and a quad core (most of the thinkpad line up has integrated quaddro graphics). MSI cant build a laptop that doesn't thermal throttle, and I cant think of anything asus makes outside of their ROG series that is worth a darn. I am currently boycotting Dell, so couldn't care less. Clevo/sager surely have a barebones to fit your needs but again silly option.
  8. what thermal paste is best for my needs

    If you are dealing with a large die or IHS it really doesn't matter in the slightest so long as you use a decent thermal paste. If you are dealing with a small die or in between a die and an IHS use a thick paste or liquid metal. This is really where things get tricky. In these conditions most pastes dry out prematurely or pump out from the center of the die. Ceramique, icdiamond, or liquid metal tend to last the longest in that situation.
  9. Motherboard....leaking?

    I know its been said above, but looks like a cap leaked or its excess flux, but flux wouldn't make sense unless its a poorly done reman. I have never seen a silicone thermal pad melt ever, and I have heated them over 100 degrees C.
  10. Best fans for high airflow!??

    You never said what size you're looking for, but I use alot of Delta server fans. one of the 80 mm fans I'm using pushes 68 cfm sounds like a jet engine while doing so, but capable. I mostly run it at 1100-1600 rpm. The 120mm model TFC1212DE-SP07 is capable of pushing 252 cfm. Again loud as heck, moves a ton of air, they can be run at slower speeds. Vantec Tornados are still made and push 120cfm, but not useful in any modern case (largest is 92mm) without an adapter and you wont want to be in the same room as it.
  11. Making System Quiter

    In my experience it is mostly just experiment over and over until you get a result you're happy with. Can you get away without an exhaust fan? Absolutely, you can get away with no fans if planned correctly. Take the fan out and test your thermals and see if you are happy with the results. The best thing to do however is to replace your 3 pin fans with higher quality pwm fans (god I wish these were popular when I started 15 years ago). Adjust the fan speeds to as low as possible without hurting your thermal performance too much. If your motherboard or fan controller support it build a fan curve that will turn the fan speed up as temperatures rise. If you refuse to replace the fan, then connect it straight to the power supply and swap the pins so that the fan only gets 5 volts.
  12. Thermal Paste and Fan Upgrade Improvements

    Okay, so problem number 1 is your choice of thermal paste. Artic mx4 is fine for ihs to heatsink. It is not okay to use for bare die applications. It is actually the worst performer. Temps will be okay for 1-2 days. Within a week you will be back to the start. As for cheap quiet fans I like the arctic fans.
  13. Which laptop cooling will do?

    They all do the same thing equally well. Which is to say they make noise. The only thing that will help your laptop is keeping it on a smooth flat surface. Go to local shops and try a couple lap desks and coolers to find something comfortable.
  14. Thermal Pad vs Thermal Paste

    They do make thermal paste pads that are easy to apply if doing repairs in large quantities. Other than that they perform horribly. As for pads, they are used to transfer heat across larger voids. They are not terribly efficient. Pastes can depend upon application as well. If you are putting a cooler on a modern cpu with a heat spreader just pick a paste off of the top 20 or so and they will all perform the same. If you have a bare die application choose a thick or liquid metal paste. There is also a paste designed to replace pads, but that is a whole different topic. Again this is typically used because it is cost effective and fast when doing repairs.
  15. Yet another pitiful Hyper 212 Evo Cooling Post

    So I may be way off on my guess, but I'm guessing you are running windows 10. When testing temperatures I find it necessary to change to a metered connection. Windows likes to sneak updates in and that usually spikes cpu usage to 15-20 percent. If you start running high again pop into task manager and see if you are downloading an update.