Saturday, September 15, 2007

How to Clog Up your Computer in 10 Easy Steps

It's very easy to clog up your computer. Though I do try and keep a lean running machine I do get lazy and let stuff clutter up my computer. Here's a handy list from the folks at PC Mechanic.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Missing in action...

My most recent project was installing a new drive on my friends Dell Latitude laptop. My basic plan was to clone (using XXClone) his old drive onto his new drive. The new drive is Western Digital 120 Gb (Scorpio WD1200VE). I attached via usb adapter and booted up the computer. After booting I went to "My Computer" to check if Windows recognized the drive which it wasn't there. I checked in the "Device manager and it showed two disk drives. I was bit confused. So next I tried it on my own desktop and with the same results. At first I was like uh-oh my friend may have gotten a bad drive. I tried my copy of the UBCD(Ultimate Boot CD) to run diagnostic programs to no avail. I even installed in the laptop to see if I'd get anything different. Of course I didn'tI was a bit baffled and frustrated to say the least. I then I had to leave for awhile to go to work inform my friend of the dilemma.

Day Two-
I start fresh again today. I decided to do some research on the project. I decided to go to a trusty website for PC repair I've used called PC Mechanic and check them out. I go to the forums and look under "Drives and Storage". I find that the exact problem I'm experiencing is stickied up top. I then follow the instructions in it and it was fixed. It would seem that because the drive being fresh from the factory was unpartitioned and unformatted therefore unrecognized by Windows. The steps to do this are listed here. To me it was a "Duh" moment but also a lesson learned. Now that being done the drive was now found in "My Computer". Now I can clone it over using XXClone which I'm doing as I'm as I write this.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Complete List - The 50 Worst Cars of All Time

The 50 worst cars of all time [1899 to the present].

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Top Online Email and Internet Scams

Experience on the internet and using email has taught me to be very wary of scams and schemes that we are barraged with every day. I'm no expert but I usually go by the saying that if it sounds too good to be true it usually isn't. Here's a guide to Top Online Email and Internet Scams

Monday, September 3, 2007

PC/notebook buying guide

Whether your going back to school, looking for a new small business computer or a gaming machine . This is a nice buying guide from the folks at PC Magazine.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Handing Your PC to Hackers in 9 Steps

Most of this is common sense but we all could use a refresher I'm sure.

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