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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



On March 5th, Seagate announced its third-generation solid state hybrid drives, SSHD for short, in both traditional laptop size and, for the first time ever, a desktop-sized hard drive. Is the performance worth the upgrade? Continue reading

Getting Rid of an Old Hard Drive

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Did dunking my old hard drive in the sink get rid of the datat? How do you get rid of the data on an old hard drive? Not by giving it a bath, but by using these tips. Continue reading

Recyle Bin Vs. Permanently Delete

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Annie from Willet, NY writes: How do you get items to go directly into the “Recycle Bin” instead of being “permanently deleted?” I accidentally deleted family photos thinking they were going into recycle bin, only to finally read the statement “do you want to go permanent delete?” I tried looking at the recycle bin properties, but there are no options to put in the bin. I have Windows 8 OS. Thanks! Continue reading

How Do I Back Up Outlook Contacts And Emails?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This tip explains how to backup your Outlook contacts and email messages so you don’t lose your data if your hard drive crashes. Continue reading

CHKDSK Warning: F Parameter?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Tom from Pennsylvania writes: I am running windows XP home edition service pack 3. I was running the CHKDSK and a warning come up that the F parameter was not specified. Can you elaborate on this? I have had the computer shut down and reboot while I was using it, is why I was running CHKDSK. I am using Microsoft Security essentials for virus protection. Continue reading

FreeFileSync – Great File Sync/Backup Tool

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple utility you could use to synchronize and backup just a few folders? Would you like a utility that allows you to easily pick a folder and then select a destination? How about a program that will automatically figure out what’s missing, what’s new and whats changed and move the files it needs to over for you? You’re in luck. Continue reading

Flash Drive: How To Format/Erase Everything

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Don from New Mexico writes: How do I delete all the information off a flash drive, so that I can put new information on it? Answer: Formatting a flash drive will wipe all the information off of the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into… Continue reading

What is Downloading and How Do I Do it?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Are you befuddled by the term “download”? Well here’s some information on what it is and how you do it. Continue reading

Camera Codec Pack – Preview Raw Images

Monday, January 21st, 2013

RAW is a popular format for higher end digital cameras, but unlike JPG images, you can’t preview them in Windows Explorer. Microsoft’s free Camera Codec Pack will allow you to preview these images so you don’t need to open every file individually to see what is in the photo. Here’s how to get it… Continue reading

WizTree – Find Big Files Wasting Space

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Tis the season to make new years resolutions and one of the most popular is to loose those extra pounds you’ve put on during the holidays. Have you considered making a resolution to put your computer on a diet? Get rid of all of those bloated files and space sucking programs that you never use? Continue reading

Use this tip to freely convert any of your Word or Excel files to a PDF document. Continue reading

Have you ever wanted a simple utility to encrypt a file, ensuring that it’s password-protected? Not everyone needs national, high-strength encryption enabled by a complex piece of software. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a simple right-click option to encrypt and decrypt a file, simply by typing in the password? Continue reading

CDBurnerXP – The Best Free CD/DVD Tool

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Have you ever wanted to create a CD or DVD but were unsure of the best way to do it? Wanted to save a copy of a data DVD or CD to your computer? Make a copy of a disc from disc to disc? Erase a re-writeable CD or DVD? Well this amazing free utilility is the tool you need to download… Continue reading

Endangered Audio Cassettes

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Old audio and video cassettes can contain many family treasures, but are extremely fragile. Here are some tips for transferring that valuable information to a more durable digital format while reducing the chances of damage to the tape. Continue reading

Restoring A Missing Drive Letter

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Drive letter gone missing? This tip shows how to restore a drive letter so you can access your programs. Continue reading

Do you have Dropbox? Are you wondering if the iPad and PC can share the same account? Is it better to share or sign up for a separate account? Read this article to find out. Continue reading

Renaming Audio Files

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

How to change that pesky “track 10″ to the name of the song. Continue reading

How To Password Protect A Flash Drive

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Do you want to password protect your USB flash drive? Read this article to find out how. Continue reading

New PC – D: Drive Nearly Full?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Did you buy a new PC and your D drive is nearly full? Read this article to find out why it’s happening and what you need to do to handle the situation. Continue reading

Off-Site and Cloud Storage

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Off-site and cloud based storage is a great way to backup information you need to a remote place just encase of the unthinkable happens… Continue reading

Creating new folders and subfolders is just as advantageous in a phone as it is on a computer, Astro File Manager offers that option for Android phones. Continue reading

Organize Those Documents!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The easy way to organize your files and folders in Windows 7! Continue reading

The Anti-Virus Story

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Should I have several anti-virus programs installed on my machine? Can I run an anti-virus program from a removable drive? Which anti-malware program has the coolest name? If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of these questions, you’ll find the answers here. Continue reading

Taking Care of CDs

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

CDs won’t last forever, but there are certain things you can do to make them last longer. This article explains those things that can allow you to get the most out of your discs. Continue reading

Do you need to reformat your PC but don’t have a Windows installation disk? Read this articles for some help. Continue reading

Backing up your Windows folder, (usually in c:\windows) is not enough to restore your computer should the PC’s hard drive have mechanical problems. The best way to restore a computer back to a previous state is to use backup software that supports disk imaging. Continue reading

How To Fix That Full Hard Drive

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

A full hard drive can cause all kinds of problems for your machine, including but not limited to a slow computer and, ultimately, hard drive failure. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Continue reading

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