Today, we will be talking about how to prevent problems in the future, by doing something simple, it may take a few minutes but, in the long run, it will be well worth it. I run across several computers and they all run into the same problem, be it something they were in a hurry to do, or they didn’t know that there is an alternative, or just didn’t notice. Like for instance do we notice that when you are about to download Adobe, that it includes a free virus Scan from McAfee.
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Today, we are going to be talking about the hard drive. What is a hard drive, you ask. Well, It is basically a device that stores all your files, including the Operating system, music, pictures, games, and so forth. Sometimes files get corrupted, and this can create problems for the hard drive. To be safe a disk check,once a month will help, along with a disk fragmentation, and disk cleanup. Do not do a disk check but, once a month, this is very hard on the drive.
As an extra precaution, Make sure to transfer all your files on Compact Discs, or DVDs. That way, should the hard drive die you will be ready. To help keep the hard drive from getting over-cluttered, you can you Ccleaner put out by Piriform. They also offer a disk Defragmenter called Defraggler. for disk recovery, they offer Recuva. All these programs are free.
Should you ever start to hear your hard drive making a scratchy noise, this will be the first sign that there is a problem. It may take time before it finally gives out. Hard drive’s are quite inexpensive. Usually run about 50-70 dollars at Bestbuy .
So, to find out what the computer looks inside and find out what that hard drive looks like. Let’s open up the computer. First thing, unplug the computer from the wall-socket. After you have disconnected the mouse, Keyboard, Display and any USB devices, lay the computer down on a work table, attach the Electrostatic discharge band to your wrist. Grounding the alligator clip to a piece of metal on the computer.
To tell you about the Electrostatic discharge band click here: https://infotechcomputing.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/warning-use-this-before-working-on-a-computer/
Once you have slid off the cover, you’re going to see many parts. How do you figure out where the hard drive is located? Well the hard drive is thinner, than say an optical drive. On the front of the optical drive you will see the button that slides open the tray, when you want to listen to your favorite music on a Compact Disc, or CD which is what everybody calls it. Same thing if you want to watch a Movie, DVD, Blue-Ray.
The Hard drive even though it is enclosed, it will look different. It may be inside what is called a Bay, or it could be by itself such as a SATA Hard Drive. If it is a SATA the wires will be color coded, IDE(Integrated Drive Electronics) will have a wide 40 pin Ribbon, known as a IDE Interface Cable.
Now, if you are using two IDE/ATA hard-drives, there is a small plastic connector, that you have to remove from one place to another, on the back of the device. this is known as a Jumper. either case, there are four settings: single, Dual Master, Dual Slave, or cable Select.
Remember this is only if you are using two hard drives. If you are only using the one, set the jumper to Master Setting.
On a SATA device, the computer has what is called auto-detection, which does the setting for you.
This link gives an in-depth illustration on the history of the hard drive
This is a link on how to make adjustments using jumpers on an IDE hard drive.
Today, we are going to discuss on how to possibly get rid of the
I was working on a Dell Dimension 9100, I had just finished re-installing the Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, restarted the computer and then the error message appeared. I have seen this in the past and really wasn’t sure on how to get rid of it, one of the ways, is usually to
replace the CMOS Battery. Below is a link how to replace the Battery. This goes in-depth.
Replacing the CMOS Battery didn’t work this time, so I restarted the computer. Pressing F-2, I was able to boot into the Bios Menu. After going through all the different sub-Menu’s, I came across “Post Behavior” My Bios is a Phoenix bios yours might be something else.
Now, depending on the circumstance or system. this may or may not work.
When I got to Keyboard Error. I set it up as to not report keyboard errors.
Pressed enter, than saving upon exiting, which is usually ESC(Escape Key,) F-10 to save settings.
Restarted the computer and the error message was gone. To be sure I restarted the computer, no error message was present.
I Hope this helps you out.
Have you ever had your hard drive die and you need to get your pictures or music. What do you do now? I know there are programs out there that allow you to do this, but, let say what if there was another way, where you could do it yourself. Well, there is a device put out by Sabrent,and other companies, however the one from “Sabrent” also have a light indicator and gives you different connections. It is called a USb 2.0 to Sata/Ide Hard Drive Adapter. I found this device from a YouTube video by accident. I picked up the device from the Walmart.com Website for about 35.00. Lets see how it works
Now, taking the Iomega External hard drive, remove the two screws from the rear , the housing should slide right off.
You will need to disconnect the power and 40 pin connector from the hard drive. Make sure you are using the ESD Strap. To prevent damaging the hard drive.
Next connect the Sabrent hard drive adapter. this will be the Square plastic connector, this will plug in to back of the Hard drive depending if you are using a IDE or SATA. the SATA connection is at the top, IDE will be on the left, the other one is used to connect a laptop hard drive. a USB will plug into the computer, the other end will plug into the back of the IDE hard drive. Should you be using the Sata connection you will need to use Sata colored wire.
You will find that there is a power cord, like on the back of your computer. which will connect to the Power Adapter. On the end of the power Adapter, is a power plug that goes into the back of the hard drive.
Click on computer tab to see if your connected devices appears with your list of hard drives.
Once the Hard Drive has been identified, double Click on it . You Should see the files of the folder.
Now, you need to make a new folder. To do this, go to the desktop, Right-Click, go down to New and click on Folder. Open up the folder and Drag one of the folders to the new folder then it should start to copy the new files.
When that is done drag the next folder until you have completed transferring all the files or what will fit on your hard drive. God Bless