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How to Backup Computer files to disc or external drive

Computer technology is a wonderful thing until the day that you lose all your files and you do not have a back up. You might think that this scenario may never happen to you, but it only takes your PC to overheat or a Trojan to stop normal functioning of your machine to totally destroy sometimes years of files and documents. Thankfully learning how to backup computer files to disc or external drive is easy, even for the computer novice.

As much as you may take your computer granted, you need to be vigilant with your important documents, as you just never know when the day you go to turn your laptop on and nothing happens will arise. If however you periodically back up your system, either onto CDs, DVDs or and external USB memory port, then if the day arises when your PC fails you, you will not have lost all your important data.

These days an external hard drive that plugs into your PC via an external USB port is by far the most popular way of backing up your files, CDs being rather impractical as apart from the expensive versions they cannot be rewritten and you will also need multiple discs in order to store all your files. DVDs are a good alternative if you do not own a backup drive, although they can become misplaced or even scratched.

To back up computer files to an external drive or discs is actually remarkably easy and whether you have Windows or Mac running on your machine, it takes only minutes to get started. Firstly make sure you have enough discs to make the back up or preferably an external drive of twice the memory capacity you have stored in files on your PC.

As soon as you plug in an external drive to your PC via a USB port, your machine will recognise the external drive. Your PC will actually ask you if you wish to use the drive you have plugged in to back up your files and data; if you are not asked this question, simply type backup into the dialog box and select back up and restore.

If you manually chose the drive to where you will make the back up, then you can select either your external drive “E”, or alternatively “D” for DVDs or CDs. After selecting the appropriate drive, simply hit next. Do not change any of the default settings when you are prompted, and simply move onto the next screen.

Your PC will guide you through all the stages of creating your backup and it really could not be any easier. Each screen will give you step by step instructions that will allow even the total novice to complete the task with no foreseeable problems or hiccups. If you are happy with how your PC is performing, resist the temptation to tweak the default setting for Windows or Mac; it is totally unnecessary.

Once you are guided through to the last screen, you simply need to hit the button for saving settings and create backup. Windows will make its first backup of your drive, and can be programmed to periodically make new backups also. During the backup process it is important that you do not turn your machine off, and best that you do touch or use your PC until it is finished.

If you are tuning your PC on Mac or Linux, then the process for backup is remarkably similar and just as easy to complete. Once again, when you plug in your external drive you will generally be asked if you wish to use it to make a back up; if not, simply type in backup and restore and manually chose the drive and follow the step by step instructions given.

If you lose files in the future, retrieving them from your backup could not be any simpler; just type backup and restore in the dialog box and click on “restore my files”. Having a back up of all your important files is crucial, not just for businesses but for all home PCs; it is not until you lose your files that you realize just how many you had stored on your machine. Learning how to backup computer files really is that easy, so you never have an excuse to lose a file ever again.

How to backup hard drive

For those that work with sensitive data it is mandatory that they will think about backing up their data sooner or later. This is something that should be done by anyone that feels the need for more security over the data that they are working with. The problem is that there are not too many people out there that will take this seriously and many of them actually think that something like this will never get to happen to them.

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If you are someone that thinks the same way, then I think it is time to wake up and realize that you could be next. In this article, we will try to underline some of the ways through which you will be able to keep your data safe by learning how to backup hard drive.

First of all if you are someone that is using Windows XP, you should not that there is a special utility that you can make use of in order to back your data using your CD-Writer. After doing so, you will need to locate X: VALEADDMSFTNTBACKUP, where “X” is the drive letter of your CD-Writer. As such, proceed on and find the file called NT Backup.msi.

After you will have the utility installed, you will realize that it was installed in the group called system tools. After that, just locate it and click “Backup”. A wizard will start and you will be guided through this process and be informed with the steps that you have to take. After that, you will see that Windows will create a backup of all of the data that is on your HDD and will have a recovery disk created for booting purposes.

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They are very good ways of saving your entire drive’s info and in case of something will go wrong, you will be able to get your data back easily.

Of course, if you don’t want to deal with such processes, then you could easily buy a new hard drive, an external one and have all of your data stored on it. Whenever you will want to update it with new data, the software the external HDD comes with will compare the files you have on the external unit and the ones on the internal HDD and copy only those that are not present in the external drive. It’s a smart way of saving time. There are also methods through which you can have all of your data saved on different servers on the internet. This will ensure the fact that if your hard drive is physically damaged, you will still be able to get your data back without any worries. The advantage is that with an online backup service, you can always access your information and change it as per your preferences.

How to perform computer maintenance

The computer is a device that make part of our daily life, we us it every day for several tasks, work, game, entertainment etc.  More than any other device computer need a good and continues maintenance, to keep it running well and fast, doing all the tasks we need. Actually there are several menaces that can harm our computer. The most of them are coming from the internet, when we connect to the internet we are a target of virus, adware and malwares that can harm our computes, the majority of people that have basic skills in computing thinks that installing an antivirus resole all problems, this is false, even with the best antivirus out there we still in risk.

The proper functioning of any computer depends on the software installed, the memory used and the user itself.
Before talking about the problem of the internet and the virus, we need to know that even without internet we can have problem with our computer. In order to keep your computer healthy and fast you need to do some basics step periodically, if you have programs that you never use uninstall theme.

When you use your computer don´t open a lot of windows, people like let a lot of windows open even they don´t make use of theme, all open windows consume memory so if your computer have a enough memory this can slow down your machine. It is a good practice to defragment your disc to make the file system reorganized for simplifying file access and make it fast when you shut down your computer shut it down with the proper shutdown program and not with unplugging the energy cable, because this can damage your system file and generate a no starting of the system.

Before connecting to the internet it is important to install antivirus to protect your system and your data.
Configure your antivirus to scan your computer periodically; instead you can do it manually on running the antivirus scan. Some sites on the internet are harmful and install a malware script in your computer, it is better to no open this kind of sites (pornographic sites are an example).

Browsers like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer advise you about bad sites.

Internet is not the only place you can get a virus, if you are in a network or you use unknown pen drive or external disk you risk to get your computer infected, so before e connecting any external device to your computer it is recommended to scan it with your antivirus first.

If you are a beginner or do not give winds to your curiosity, don´t try to configure, delete, or change system file (for example register editing) Don´t forget to search for upgrades to keep you system with the last fixes, it is better to set automatic upgrade.

Before Installing any hardware (like camera, mouse or other devices) read the manual and be sure that the device you are installing is compatible with your computer. The use of the computer is personnel; this is why the PC means Personnel computer, so if you let other people use your computer the risk to your computer is damaged is higher.
Periodically it is a good practice to delete temporary and unused files.

If your computer run several services that you never use in the startup, it is better to deactivate those services or programs, this make your computer startup faster. On installing new software read carefully the instruction during the installation, because some software comes with third party plugin like browser toolbars that are checked by default and that will be installed with the software even you will never use them.

It is not recommended to install toolbars in the browser if you do not use theme for any purpose. When you navigate on the web do not install downloaded programs if you done know the publisher.

Following these steps you will keep your computer healthy for a long time without any problem, and if you have trouble with your computer download this tool and let it fix your computer for you automatically.

Protect your computer from viruses

Similar to the way that people catch a virus your computer can also be very vulnerable to viruses. These days there are people out there whose sole intent is to spread them and it is rather easy to get a virus on your computer.  Luckily Microsoft is getting tougher on this junk and I hear rumors that Windows 8 will help protect you much better from this junk getting in as easily.

If you are not sure what a virus is or how to protect yourself please read our article below.

A virus is a malicious piece of code written and designed to enter your PC without your permission and unnoticed. It will then replicate itself and/or possibly cause serious damage to your files and your PC. A virus can come in many forms but they usually come attached to a file, e.g. hidden in Word macros or embedded in executable files or attached to an e-mail, or in the boot sector of a disk.

Once the infected file or disk is introduced to your system, the virus can spread by attaching itself to files on your drives, or by sending infected e-mails to people in your address book. The Internet is a great environment for a virus to spread as downloading and e-mailing and exchanging files and information is common practice. If programmed to do so, the virus will not only spread but also cause damage to your system, such as, but not limited to, deleting files, deleting hard drive boot records resulting in an unbootable system, or erasing CMOS information.

This is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly. Almost every week, a new virus strikes and brings productivity to a grinding halt. The consequences are serious. For a home user, it often results in lost data and a lot of mad friends who received the virus from you. For businesses, a virus can bring down the entire network, often resulting in hours and days without e-mail or online access, corrupted or lost data, productivity loss, etc. Viruses have caused much damage and cost businesses and government agencies billions of dollars in time and money in an effort to recover from a virus attack. Don’t think that you are immune to a virus. Nobody is.

What can we all do to prevent this from happening?

The solution to the problem is two-fold. To prevent virii from spreading, companies install virus scanner software on their mail servers, and home users install virus scanners on their home PCs. Most virus scanning software can be bought in stores for a price, but why pay if there are free alternatives? See the “Security” category of our download section at downloads/security.html for links to several free antivirus solution. Another alternative is to scan your PC online by visiting Trend Micro’s web site, but this option does not offer permanent resident virus protection.

Of course any virus scanner can only work if you have the latest virus definition files installed. These virus definition files, also called DAT files, are being updated on a weekly or even more frequent basis by the maker of each virus scanner software. But it is up to you to download them regularly and update your PC. Most virus scanners either have a feature that let you schedule automatic downloads of new DAT files so that you don’t have to worry about it, or at least offer an easy press-one-button way of doing so. Remember, if your virus scanner does not have the latest DAT files and doesn’t know about the virus, it can’t catch it.

However, the makers of virus scanners are always a step behind since they can’t update their DAT files until they have seen the virus and know how to deal with it. Therefore there is usually a time gap from several hours to several days between the appearance of the virus in the wild and when the cure in the form of new DAT files is available. Since no virus scanner can protect you in that time period, it is up to you to prevent the virus from getting to you.

You are responsible!

The other part of virus protection is prevention. And no system administrator or virus scanner can do that for you. You are the one and only person responsible for exercising caution to prevent this from happening. Here are the top rules of virus prevention. We suggest you print them out, staple them to your forehead, memorize them – anything it takes:

DON’T OPEN ATTACHMENTS FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES! We can’t emphasize this enough.
If you get an e-mail with an attachment from a person you don’t know – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
If you get an e-mail with an attachment from a person you know but you didn’t ask for it and didn’t expect it – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
If it really was legit, the person will follow up with you or send it again and no harm is done. If it was malicious and you deleted it – you’re safe. Virii can only spread if they are activated. As long as the e-mail is not opened and the attachment is not activated, you’re safe.

Virus programmers disguise their malicious software to make it look harmless. Therefore do not assume that an e-mail that is marked “Happy Mother’s Day” or “Funny Joke” or “Great Opportunity” or “Free ” is safe. You need to keep your guard up. If it does not look familiar, if it sounds suspicious – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!

A virus can come from anybody – your coworker, your mom, your best friend, anybody! Therefore do not assume that any e-mail you receive from anybody you know is safe. Virii spread by replicating themselves unbeknownst to a user by sending themselves to e-mail addresses found in the user’s address book. This means that virii are most likely to get into your inbox from somebody you know! If somebody you know sends you an attachment that you didn’t ask for and didn’t expect – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!

Do not open any attachment that has the extension .vbs or .shs! Virii don’t have to be files ending in .exe to be executed. VBS means Visual Basic Script is another programming language, one of many, that virii are written in. Virii can actually be hidden in many types of files. Often infected files are disguised to look like a text file or a video clip to trick you into thinking they are safe and opening them. Be suspicious of every single attachment you get. If you’re not sure – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!

Please use common sense

It is crucial to be suspicious and exercise caution. The number one rule is: Delete any e-mail with attachments that you cannot say with 110% certainty that they are safe. Nobody is safe from virii, but you can help fighting them by using common sense. Remember, a deleted legit e-mail takes only a few seconds to resend. But an opened malicious e-mail can cause hours of downtime, lost productivity, unrecoverable data, and cost a company tens of thousands of dollars as a result. Be responsible, use common sense, and think before you click. The virus threat is real.

Windows 8 release date

Windows 8 rumors are flying around now and the buzz about Windows 8 is full of hype. There are rumors of a release date in late 2011 and early 2012.  My opinion is that it will be released around Feb 2012.  There have been a couple of sneak peeks at the new operating system and it seems to be less targeted to just PC’s with an obvious tablet inspired interface.

Windows 8 TilesThere are tiles as shown above scattered throughout Windows 8 and you can quickly launch apps from the new tiled start screen.  You can easily multitask, or switch between different apps and the tiles and live notifications. You can quickly resize tiles and there seems to be a new app store to easily download free or low priced apps.

As always I will be late to adapt to the new operating system. I skipped Vista altogether and reluctantly upgraded to Windows 7 when I had to buy a new tower.  From the first day I loved it and eagerly trashed my dated Windows XP despite my claims that I would just stick with XP for years.

It seems to lean towards touchscreen monitors which I don’t care for personally.  I find touchscreens to be more of a vanity than useful. Maybe I am just old school preferring a mouse to make my way around.

Stay tuned for more articles on the upcoming Windows 8 and the Windows 8 release date.

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7 solutions for common PC problems

You know the kind I’m talking about: they’re not life threatening to your PC, but at the same time they are infuriating in that they are a constant source of bother and wasted time, leading you to loss of focus, lost productivity and a generally sour frame of mind. Here are seven ways to make your computing life ever so much easier, and they’re easy fixes as well!

The Dang Things Starts Up SO Slow! – I’m sure you’ve experienced this one, if you owned a computer for any length of time. You’re sitting there, and sitting there, and sitting there, and finally it crawls open, all the while leaving you wondering about the magic of computers! More than likely the problem lies in the amount of programs demanding access at the moment you start up Many times when you’ve downloaded new software or computer programs, they automatically are set to open at the startup of your PC.

You can restore your computer to a totally like new state but keep all your programs and information on it just like it is with Reimage Software. We highly recommend you try it out. You have not downloaded anything like it before, we promise. You will be able to tell instantly as you watch it work that this is the most technologically advanced repair software ever. If you have ever used a registry cleaner and wondered if it really helped you really need to try this out!

In fact there are also a bunch of programs that your computer wants to open that aren’t really necessary. You can delete and limit the number of these resource hogging programs and get your startup much more vibrant by clicking Start, Run and type in msconfig, and this will display all the programs that are set to open at startup. You can then uncheck the ones you don’t want.

Make sure you do this one by one with a notepad nearby, as many of these programs are necessary to run your computer, and if you make a boo boo you’ll be able to go back and recheck it.

You Don’t Like The View – You sit at your computer for hours, and there’s just something about the way it looks. Not a problem; we can change this! Start by right-clicking on the desktop, then click Properties in XP, or Personalize in Vista, and then Settings, and you’ll be presented with many ways in which you can change the screen properties. I mean, if you have to look at it all day you may as well like what you’re looking at.

Your Printer Has Gone Haywire – It just won’t stop printing out either old print jobs or ones that were not cleared from the queue. First try turning off the printer and see if this doesn’t do the trick, and if that doesn’t work, go to your printers menu in the Start menu and delete anything you see let there, assuming of course you no longer want it to print. If this doesn’t solve your problem, then you may be forced to download and reinstall drivers for your particular printer.

My Videos Are Now Mute Or Invisible – If the videos are now playing without sound or even worse, without picture or both, then it may well be that the codecs are out of date. There are several places where you can get free updates. DO a search for K-Lite Codec Pack for a nice easy fix. Also, before you go to that length, check and see that you didn’t accidentally hit your keyboard’s mute button! (Speaking from experience!)

You Accidentally Broke A Key Off Your Keyboard – Okay, I won’t ask how this happened, or just what you were so angry at that you slammed your fist down onto it, but you need to know this can be an easy fix. If you happen to have an old keyboard lying around, it’s possible to salvage a good key with an intact key mechanism that you can swap out for the damaged one.

If you are unsure how to do this, do a search for “keycap replacement”, and you should find some good help. It’s fairly simple. If the entire keyboard needs replacing, you’re still in luck: keyboards are some of the cheapest things to replace on your PC. If it’s your laptop that needs a new keyboard, try eBay for good replacement keyboards for laptops, and search out instructions for this as well.

Your Wi-Fi is Now Slow-Fi – Another trial of your so far interminable patience, assuming that you are not a victim of a general network outage, you more than likely have come up against some rather stiff interference. Sometimes your phones router, (If you have one installed , as I do) can be the culprit, sending confusion into your otherwise well designed network. (As it did mine!) Make sure you have the connections in the proper order, as per manufacturers instructions, and you should have no further problem.

Interference can also come from the likes of a microwave oven, cordless phone, or many other types of electronic devices. You may end up having to change the channel to one less populated on your router by taking a peek into your routers config page, and try another channel, most commonly either channel 1, 6, or 11.

You Keep Getting Messages About Your Memory – And no, I’m not talking about YOUR memory, as that is beyond the scope of this article. However the memory on your machine is something you can take steps to improve. If you find yourself constantly getting system messages regarding your system’s memory capacity, or your computer is unusually slow, you may want to look into this. It may be a bad section of RAM, or you may simply need more. Run a memory test; there are several free ones available, and see if boosting your memory might not clear things up and speed it along quite nicely.

While most of these annoying problems won’t necessarily sink your ship, they are a bothersome interference in your computing experience, and you don’t have to put up with them. This list is by no means comprehensive, and you may have demons of your own that bug you to no end, and you have my sympathy. (I find new ones everyday!) These fixes, along with sound general maintenance should keep you from tearing out your hair every time you sit down to use your computer!