Your Hard Drive's Time Of Death Is Based On These Numbers

Solid state has made listening out for a hard drive’s “click of death” an impossible task, but magnetic disks are still in heavy use, especially in server applications and knowing exactly when a drive is going to fail can’t be left up to the sharpness of one’s hearing. That’s what SMART, or Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, is designed for, but getting any actionable information from a drive’s SMART data is difficult at best. Through trial and error, one company has figured out which SMART stats you should be paying attention to.


Ask LH: How Can I Set Up My Own Hosting Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a student who just started doing some work on the side building websites for local businesses in my spare time — thanks for introducing me to Codecademy and making that possible). I’ve decided to look into hosting the websites myself as another form of income. How do I go about setting up a server to host websites? Are there student discounts for buying servers?


Google's Data Centre Has Google-Coloured Cooling Pipes

This is how you can tell Google has money to burn: it paints the cooling pipes in its data centres using the colours from its logo.


Consumer Drives Might Be More Reliable Than Enterprise Hard Drives

Online backup service Backblaze uses the same hard drives most of us use to store our data — which means it has almost 35,000 consumer drives housing our data. Its latest report claims that consumer hard drives are actually slightly more reliable than expensive “enterprise” style drives.


How To Hack Your Own Network And Beef Up Its Security With Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a security-focused operating system you can run off a CD or USB drive, anywhere. With its security toolkit you can crack Wi-Fi passwords, create fake networks, and test other vulnerabilities. Here’s how to use it to give your own a network a security checkup.


What Will Happen With Windows Server In 2015?

There has been a lot of excitement recently about Windows 10, the forthcoming version of Windows that restores the Start menu, dangles the promise of universal apps and has lots of hidden features. But what about its less sexy but more successful Windows Server sibling? Here’s what we know so far about plans for its next version.


Why Commodity Hardware Isn't Always The Right Choice

Most server rollouts are built on commodity hardware: using standard Intel-based systems running general-purpose stacks, which offer the promise of being able to easily switch between providers. That model isn’t disappearing, but in some contexts engineered systems — platforms which have a much tighter integration between hardware, server and application layers — can be more helpful.


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Can Now Convert Physical Machines To Hyper-V

Have an existing physical Windows server that you’d like to convert to a Hyper-V image? Version 3.,0 of the free Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter adds that ability.


Synology DiskStation Manager Adds OneDrive And Azure Support

NAS developer Synology is updating its DiskStation Manager (DSM) NAS server management software to enhance its cloud backup capabilities. Version 5.1 of DSM will incorporate the ability to sync to Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and OneDrive cloud storage.


Western Digital Launches '6.xTB' Ae Hard Drives For Cold Storage

Last week, Western Digital announced a new line of hard drives, called “Ae”. Rather than targeting the average consumer, the drives are designed with cold storage in mind — that is, loading the disks with data and slotting them away for the long-haul. Sure, you could grab a bunch of large-capacity HDDs and be done with it, but like most off-the-shelf hardware, they’re not particularly specialised for this type of work, even though they might be “good enough” for most.