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Windows BootingA new computer will be easy to use and you most likely will not face any kind of problem with it. But with time, issues start creeping up. Thankfully, many companies offer excellent customer service and troubleshooting options to help you with these issues. However, it is good to have an idea on how you can troubleshoot simple issues by yourself. It will not only save you a lot of time and money but will also enable you to refrain from actions that cause these simple problems. This article will introduce you to a few steps that will help you in fixing Windows boot issues. Continue reading “Guide to Troubleshoot Windows Booting Problems” »

Driver UpdateWhen you install a new hardware, say a graphics card, it cannot improve the graphics of the system on its own. It needs software that will help in integrating the new hardware into the overall system and make use of its capabilities. This software is known as a driver, which is usually provided with the hardware. Some of these drivers come in optical storage devices with the hardware pack or can be downloaded from the internet. Continue reading “The Importance of Updating Drivers” »

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Tools for computer maintenanceComputer maintenance should be an integral part of computer usage. Not only will it ensure that your computer’s life is extended and it performs at its best as long as it is used, but will also give you an improved user experience. Maintenance is not just a one-step procedure. There are a number of tasks that you should carry out in tandem to ensure that the system maintenance is done comprehensively. In this article, we will focus only on software maintenance and the type of tools that will help you in those tasks. Continue reading “Computer Maintenance Tools That You Must Have” »

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Reasons and Tips to Keep Computer CleanAs important as it is to ensure that your computer software is up to date and the antivirus programs are working efficiently, you should ensure that your computer is physically clean too. Some people are so careless that they let a lot of dust settle on the computer. Some even use the CPU as a table! To ensure that you find the right balance in this activity, here are some of the reasons why and you should keep your computer clean and some tips to achieve that. Continue reading “Keeping Your Computer Clean: Reasons and Tips” »

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Computer Hard DiskContrary to popular belief, it is very important to maintain the hard disk drive of your computer. The hard drive is the unit where all the data on your computer including the operating system is stored. If a computer is compared to a human body, the CPU is the brain and the hard disk is the heart. Most people take their hard disk maintenance for granted and end up with computers that do not perform according to the standards. Here are a few tips that will help you in keeping the heart of computer, the hard disk, in top shape. Continue reading “Tips for Maintaining Your Computer’s Hard Drive” »

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Computers are most vulnerable to losing data especially in today’s virus laden computing environment. Losing all your files is definitely a nightmare to most if not all computer users who experienced it once. Causes of losing data may vary depending on the extent of protection and maintenance you employ to your machine’s system and hardware. About 42% of data loss cases are attributed to physical damage on hard drives as a result of a virus infection or simply lack of proper maintenance. What should you do when your computer suffers from a major damage that can threaten the files saved in its hard drive? The following is a list of what to do and where to go to recover your data.

Step 1: Purchase a Better Hard Drive

Any stuff that’s old and used becomes slower and more vulnerable to factors that affect performance. Hard drives, no matter how tough they are built are still bound to slow down and stop working at some point in time. When your hard drive crashes and your computer refuse to boot up properly, turning it on and off many times may just do more harm than good. What you need to do is to purchase a new hard drive and take your machine to an expert for them to recover your files and save it to the new drive. Though you still want the old one, you should remember this time that the disadvantages are heavier than the advantages that you can think of. Using the new drive is better than suffering loss again with the old one.

Step 2: Create Backup Partitions and Slave drive

After having the new drive installed, the next thing you should do is to create partition where you can save important files so it won’t be corrupted if your system fails again. If your old hard drive is still functional than you can also make backup files to it which now becomes a slave drive or secondary drive.

Step 3: Take It to an Expert

After having everything set up. You can now try recovering the data from your slave drive using data recovery software. If your attempt fails or you don’t have an idea on how to do it then we would recommend that you take your computer to a data recovery expert available in your area to have all critical files recovered with a relatively inexpensive service fee.

Always Remember!

Data recovery would be easier if you follow the steps detailed above. Once data loss strikes your machine, it will always be best to unplug power sources and wait until your computer shuts down. Never attempt to remove hard drive yourself if you’re not confident of your knowledge and abilities. Doing it yourself would only work if you know quite well about computers but if you’re not then it will only do more harm than good. Taking it to an expert is always the best thing to do. Damaged hard drives aren’t useless at all. Proper handling will still render your files in it available for recovery.

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For someone who completely depends on computers for their everyday work, there is no greater disaster than a computer system crashing or a disk collapsing. When you are experiencing disk crashing, your data, files, and other types of data that are saved in your computer drive might be lost. It is important to be aware of preventions and solutions when this situation occurs. You have to know beforehand what to do when your computer system breaks down, especially if you have important contents in your files which you can’t afford to lose. The good news is there are ways to prevent your files or data from permanent deletion.

The solution is called Data Recovery. Recovering lost data may prove to be a complicated and expensive task but there are steps that can be taken done to lessen and minimize the negative impact it brings. Knowing these prevention and recovery steps proves to be very helpful in preserving and recovering your critical files. Using RAID 5 architecture, incorporating physical security and as well as logical security measures to your business/ enterprise information system will help prevent data loss and ease up data recovery.

Using RAID 5 Configurations

 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID 5) are configurations that utilizes 2 or more disks in storing mirror images, backups and redundant set of files to ensure that all critical files can still be recovered even if one drive fails.

RAID 1 Configuration

This type of configuration makes use of 2 disks each functioning as storage for files by mirroring. This level of architecture provides fast read and write speed and is effective in today’s modern multi-thread operating systems like Linux or Windows however, recovery is possible only if 1 disk out of the 2 fails. Redundancy in this type of configuration is 100%.

RAID 5 Configuration

 The RAID 5 configuration takes advantage of 3 hard drives configured as one however; at least 1 of these drives is used as a backup. This architecture is most effective in higher database applications. One failing drive in RAID 5 architecture will command the backup drive to wake into action making data recovery possible. Performance suffers during read, modify and write of files but efficiency in higher data volume is better.

Both configurations Raid 5 and Raid 1 work best in securing an image or a backup of any file you store in a computer making data recovery possible.

Preventive Steps

As mentioned earlier, data recovery is a costly process making it worthy to be prevented and avoided at all cost. Information is more important than money in today’s technology driven world and avoiding data loss is always better than paying for the consequences.

Physical Security

Physical Security is often an overlooked aspect in business but losing data due to fire, theft, burglary and other disasters cause real disaster. Some ways of improving physical security is by putting obstacles along the way like multiple locks, firewalls, sprinklers and fence. Placing surveillance and notification systems also helps put more physical security steps in place for your enterprise. How much physical security you need depends largely on the exposure to others your computer system has, how much you trust them and the available budget allocated to this purpose.

Logical Security

Logical security on the other hand guards your files from attackers in the online environment which can cause loss of data. Viruses are a common cause to this. Hackers also take advantage of the Internet to break into a company’s financial information. Logical security can be enhanced by using software that safeguards computers and networks from viruses and human attackers. Some ways of improving logical security includes file encryption, biometric information systems, passwords and authentication.

Both physical security and logical security steps are essential in securing a company’s critical files against loss, theft and permanent damage making data recovery still possible after minor or major disasters.

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Already decided to trade your laptop? Don’t rush things and learn what you should do first before even bringing it to the buyer. Your machine should be cleaned first. Cleaning it involves deleting every bit of information in its hard drive and starting it fresh again by reinstalling all needed components like your operating system. Avoid having your files accessed by anyone. Learn how you can clean your computer before handing it over to the new owner.

 

How to Clean your Hard DriveHow To Do It

This process is done simply by going to the place called data management. After finding this location you will then have to choose your primary disk which is usually labeled as (C:). You will then have to select the options or properties of your drive and choose format hard drive. Formatting a hard drive means erasing all the contents that was on it before. All the programs, files, documents, pictures and your operating system will be deleted after the process. Once the process is done, your machine will only show a black screen displaying few commands. This is the time that you will have to reinstall your operating system using an installation keys with valid licensing keys. The rest of the programs you want can be installed after the operating system installation. After the process, your drive is restored to a clean state.

What Are the Benefits?

Speaking of the benefits, cleaning your hard drive will prevent any instance of any personal information from going to unauthorized hands especially if you are planning to sell your computer. If an adware, spyware or a virus has found its way to your machine then cleaning it will remove those malicious programs and speed up your computer’s performance.

How Long Will it Take?

A 100 or 150GB hard drive usually completes the formatting process in 30-40 minutes and reinstalling your operating system would take at least an hour. If you are formatting a bigger one like 250-320GB hard drive containing lots of files then the process may take an hour or more but the reinstatement of the operating system should take the same time which is an hour.

Some Warning

Make sure that you have everything you need for reinstallation before cleaning your disk. Installation CD’s for your operating systemExternal Hard Drive Cleaning and as well as some other needed programs should be ready and some important files should have been backed up before doing the cleaning process. If you are using a Linux OS then you have to make an installation disk first before formatting you drive. Reusable product and licensing keys are essential things that need to be prepared before doing a disk clean up.

 

 How About External Hard Drives?

Cleaning an external hard drive is different. You don’t have to worry about backing up some files or a new OS. Just back up all your files to your primary drive then choose the external hard drive on the drives menu, choose options or properties then choose format hard drive. All your files will be deleted after the process then your external hard drive will again be “clean” just like when it was new.

 

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