For some Windows problems, a clean install is the quickest solution. If your hard drive fails completely and you don't have a current backup image, it's the only solution. Accomplishing that task with the latest version of Windows 10 is easy, thanks to the Media Creation Tool and a pretty simple activation process. (For details, see How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10.)But after you've finished that clean install, you're left with the work of finding and updating any drivers and utility programs specific to that device.The solution? Download a recovery image for your device directly from the OEM. That image is typically up to date and includes everything that you would otherwise need to track down and install manually.You're most likely to find a recovery image when you're working with a business PC (or high-end consumer device) from one of the top OEMs. Older devices, as well as low-priced consumer PCs, are less likely to qualify.The best time to download a … [Read more...] about How to get a free Windows (or Linux) recovery image for your OEM PC
Best hard drive recovery services
Consumers are often advised to not go the “DIY route” when it comes to working on their laptop or desktop computer or other devices such as digital cameras. They typically shouldn’t try to pop the back off the machine and extract the hard drive in an attempt to access missing or corrupt files. Laptops are built really thin and they’re nearly impossible to open, and in many cases the person attempting the recovery might damage the computer’s internal parts.Despite these warnings, there are often ways to retrieve files from such devices without causing any harm by utilising a recovery software program. Many users conduct a quick “Googling” of “file recovery software” and then are faced with a range of choices, including many free utilities that promise fast and easy recovery. Unfortunately, these programs are more likely to infect the user’s devices with malware than they are to actually recover any content. And these programs … [Read more...] about Going the DIY data recovery route – tips and warnings
Anyone in the tech industry, and every IT person, and your friend that knows a thing or two about computers will tell you how important it is to back up your data. No matter how new your Mac is, it is not infallible, and therefore is subject to the laws of reality, which are that sometimes things go wrong. You can look the other way and pretend that it will never happen to you, but the moment you see that distorted screen, or hear that weird clicking noise coming from your computer, you're going to wish you had backed up your data. So, I'm here to give you some suggestions to help you secure and store your most precious files with a list of the best online backup services and external hard drive backup programs. Online backup services Online backup services allow you to save your most important data in a remote location without having to switch out hard drives and relocate the spare every week. It ensures that, even if something catastrophic happened to your computer and external hard … [Read more...] about Best ways to back up your Mac
Photo: Kyle FitzgeraldAfter 18 hours of new research and testing, we found that the 2 TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim is still the best portable hard drive for most people. It's reliable, it's one of the lightest, thinnest hard drives we tested, and it was faster than the competition in our backup and file-transfer tests.The Slim has been one of our top picks for the past four years, and it's the only portable hard drive that we've tested that doesn't sacrifice size, speed, or reliability. Every other 2 TB portable hard drive is significantly larger, performs slower in our tests, or has a failure rate that's too high to recommend. The Slim has an acceptable 9-percent reported failure rate among nearly 2,701 user reviews. We recommend the 2 TB model because it's a great value. Seagate includes handy backup software, too.If you want more storage and don't mind a larger, heavier drive, we continue to recommend the 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable, which costs less per terabyte than the 2 TB … [Read more...] about The best portable hard drive
For years now, the golden rule when it came to getting more storage was to buy an external drive and spend half of your day moving data. This trend has been changing, however, as more and more people have chosen cloud technology. Why? Here are the reasons why cloud storage is better.Universal accessSecuritySync technologyCostYou’d be lying if you haven’t seen the “Low disk space” warning on your computer, or haven’t has at least one corrupted file.Having a good backup strategy is important, and everyone should know why. You’d want to make sure that all your photos, music and videos you’ve collected for so long are there for the future. You’d also want to make sure none of your work documents disappears.You’d also want to have the extra space when you actually need it. How to back up your files, however, is the issue. For years now, the rule of thumb was to go online, order an external hard drive and spend half of your day figuring … [Read more...] about Cloud storage vs external hard disk drive : Which one is better?