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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Selecting Multiple Files

Friday, November 30th, 2007


Have you ever needed to open, move or delete several files all at one time? Well, if you have, I can show you a few techniques on how to select those files much faster and easier than what you may have done in the past. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

First off, I will show you how to open a couple files at the… Continue reading

RAID Hard Drives

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Q:
What is a RAID hard drive? I’ve been hearing about them quite a bit lately, but I have no clue what they are or if I should really consider using one. Please explain!

A:
Basically, in a RAID system, two or more inexpensive hard drives are put together to create one single large capacity storage device that also offers an enhanced performance. When the RAID system… Continue reading

The Unlocker

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Unlocker

Has your Windows operating system ever bugged you with this error message:

And oh no, not just that one! I’m talking about any one of these pesky messages:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.

     

What You Can Do With Google Docs

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Q:
I’m new to using Google Docs and I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on some of the things I could do with it. I just want to learn everything about it that I can. Thanks for your help!

A:
First of all, welcome to Google Docs and Spreadsheets! In my opinion, it’s one of the best programs… Continue reading

Google Docs Redesign

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Google Docs Redesign

Are you an avid Google Docs and Spreadsheets user? (If you’re not sure what Google Docs is, you can read here for a complete explanation). Well, if you are, you probably already know about the redesign that took place a couple months ago, right? But, just in case it’s been awhile since you’ve used the program, I thought I would give you a… Continue reading

Copernic – Part 2

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Copernic – Part 2

Are you ready for Part 2? Here we go!

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this article series, we set up Copernic to index the files you wanted it to search and we left things at the point shown below:

Now, let’s move on a bit and see what other changes we can make!

When you first use Copernic, you will have icons in… Continue reading

Copernic – Part 1

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Copernic – Part 1

Do you ever find yourself asking, “Where did I save that e-mail to Uncle Bert telling him I was paying him a visit?”

Or, how about, “Where on earth are those pictures from last year’s holiday? I know I saved them somewhere on my computer!”

And, “I’m sure I saved those MP3s that Brenda sent me. Where are they?”

If you’ve ever experienced those frustrations, you… Continue reading

Pando

Friday, September 28th, 2007

You’ve now told us about YouSendIt, but what about Pando? I believe it’s the same type of program, but I don’t know much about it. Can you please fill us in? Thanks.

Excellent question! As you may recall, one of our freelance writers told you about a program called YouSendIt

Sending Large Files

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Sending Large Files

Sending large file attachments via e-mail can be tricky once you start heading north of 10 to 20 MB in size. E-mail clients often limit attachment sizes and any small businesses that work with large presentations, audio or video files that are hundreds of megabytes or larger in size have to resort to using FTP sites or overnight delivery. All of that just to send an electronic… Continue reading

Vista Explorer

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Vista Explorer

This article will inform you about some of the new features for Windows Explorer that have been integrated into Windows Vista. It is no longer a simple user interface for copying, moving or renaming files and folders. Instead, you’ll have endless possibilities with preview panes, a new search mechanism and even a couple ways to visually arrange your data. Let’s check it all out!

QuickSearch

In the upper… Continue reading

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Prior to Windows Vista, the ability to shrink and extend disk volumes has only been available through third party tools, such as Partition Magic. Although it’s not as full-featured as some third party partition management applications, the Windows Disk Management console allows you to shrink, extend, create and format your hard drive partitions. The new resizing features also enable you to shrink a single partition with… Continue reading

Firefox PDF Extension

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Firefox PDF Extension

How would you like to be a part of a brand new Firefox extension that allows you to download your PDF files with ease? If that sounds like a good idea to you, this tip is what you should be reading right now! Mozilla just recently came out with a new extension for Firefox called PDF Download and with it, you are able to view your PDF… Continue reading

Formatting Your USB Drives

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Have you ever formatted a USB drive? Well, whether it was on purpose or not, it would be my bet that some of you ran into a problem while doing so. Perhaps the USB drive wouldn’t function at all. That’s a pretty common one, but don’t worry about it too much. There is a simple fix for this problematic situation and it involves using the tools provided with any Windows… Continue reading

The Uninstallers

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The Uninstallers

Usually, when most people want to uninstall a program for some reason or another, they usually go to Windows’ own Add or Remove Programs utility right within the Control Panel. (If you’re not sure how to use that, here is an article you can read that will help you).

But, oh boy! Isn’t it a pain?! I mean, it takes forever to load up, it doesn’t… Continue reading

Lost Documents

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Have you changed your Internet Service Provider (ISP) lately? If so, during the transition, did you happen to lose some e-mails you wanted to keep? Or, how about this: you downloaded or saved a document and for the life of you, you can’t find it on your PC. Either way, don’t panic, because all is not lost! Actually, nothing is lost, because your documents are there somewhere. It’s just a… Continue reading

Fixing Your Flash Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Fixing Your Flash Drive

I’m sad to report that one of my flash drives suddenly died today. Has that ever happened to you? It all happened when my Windows XP suddenly froze for some reason. After rebooting my computer, the device was dead. It just simply would not work anymore. XP detected it as a 0 MB device (and attempted to format it as such), but nothing worked. What could… Continue reading

Speed Up That Drive

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Here’s a quick one, but I promise you, it’s a good one!

If you have an external drive that is always plugged into your computer, did you know that with Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can enable write caching to speed up the performance significantly when writing to the disk? Well, you can! Let’s learn more about it, shall we?!

Working Around the Recycle Bin

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Q:
I was cleaning out my computer the other day and everything was sent to the Recycle Bin. I realized later that I had gotten rid of a couple files I needed to save. Is there any way I can get them back if it’s only been a couple days? Please help me, I’m desperate!

A:
Alright, for those of you who have not yet emptied your… Continue reading

Backing Up Your Games

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Q:
I love to play games on my computer. I’m always buying new ones and putting them on my computer to play, but when I do that, I’m always worried that I’m going to lose one somehow. Is there anything my computer does to back up my games? Or is there anything I can do myself? Any information you have would be very helpful!

A:
Excellent question! I… Continue reading

USB Becomes Read Only

Friday, June 1st, 2007

USB Becomes Read Only

In the corporate world, a lot of time is spent on locking down computers to minimize the risk of confidential information leaving the company. With the popularity of USB storage devices growing in recent years, the problem for large corporations has exploded.

Almost all users want to use USB storage devices to move data around, but with the size of USB storage devices increasing so much… Continue reading

Disc Longevity

Friday, May 18th, 2007

How often do you use CDs and DVDs? Maybe you use them to burn music CDs or perhaps you use DVDs to copy your favorite movies. I’m sure some of you use them to back up all the data on your computer too, right? No matter what you use them for, have you ever thought about how long they’ll actually last? I mean, they can’t last… Continue reading

Computer Storage Devices

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Computer Storage Devices

Awhile back, we covered the different types of hardware used with computers. You know, basic hardware and the extra hardware you can buy separately, etc. (You can read here for that article).

So, I thought it would be nice to cover the different kinds of computer storage devices that are available as well. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do today!

Knowing what kinds… Continue reading

Flash Drive Manager

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Flash Drive Manager

USB flash drives are incredible devices, don’t you agree?

On that one little stick, you can hold as much information as a full-fledged hard drive could hold less than five years ago! Now, everything is portable and it’s so convenient. (For more information, you can read this article).

But, are you using it to its full capacity? Or as easily as it could be?

By… Continue reading

Other Eject Options

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Other Eject Options

I’m sure many of you have read our tips on how to eject a stuck CD from your computer, but even after going through all those steps, are you still having trouble getting that stubborn CD to come out? Sometimes those things can be so frustrating and after you mess with it for awhile, you probably just feel like throwing your whole computer out the window. Am… Continue reading

Cannot Delete File

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Sometimes when I try to delete a file from my computer, it comes up with a “Cannot Delete File” error. Why does this happen and is there any way I can get around it? Please help!

Worry no more! I can help, I can help! And believe me, I feel your pain. I often get that same error message and let me tell you, it ranks… Continue reading

Rename Your Files: Bulk Style

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Have you ever had the need to rename a load of files all at the same time?

For instance, here’s a folder of files:

As you can see, they are a mixture of upper and lower case starting letters, after which, you might prefer some better uniformity. Maybe something like this?

Or, maybe… Continue reading

Stopped Downloads

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Q:
When I go to download something new on my computer, every once in awhile, it just stops in the middle of the process. Can you give me any reasons why this type of hang up happens? Any help would be wonderful!

A:
Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place! After receiving this question and reading back over it a few times, I actually came up… Continue reading

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