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Prevent a Hard Drive Crash by Using These SMART Utilities

Hard drive failures equal downtime and data loss.  For businesses, this ultimately leads to loss of revenue.  By using a SMART utility though, it is possible to prevent a catastrophic failure by giving you enough time to take action as soon as a problem is detected.  In this article, I would like to share with…

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How to Repair a Crashed Hard Drive

How to Recover Data from a Crashed Hard Drive

The complete guide on how to recover data from a crashed hard drive. If you are a tech, then you probably know that hard drive failures are inevitable. Chances are that sooner or later it will happen to someone you support or possibly even you.  The good news is that there are lots of great…

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Free Computer Repair Flowcharts

Morris Rosenthal has written a book that includes 17 flowcharts to help walk you through the process of troubleshooting computer related hardware issues.  He is offering eight of these flowcharts for free on the Foner Books website including a boot failure troubleshooting poster.  Whether you are training new techs or are a new tech yourself…

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How to Check the Speed of a USB Flash Drive

Many people don’t realize that all USB flash drives are not created equal.  Depending on the type of memory they have, their speeds can vary greatly.  Being in IT, I have accumulated a small collection of these drives and have needed a way to test them to see which ones are worth using.  I have…

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How to Find Drivers for Unknown Devices in Device Manager

Unknown Device IconYesterday I reinstalled Windows on a laptop for one of our users at work. When the installation was complete, I popped in the driver CD to begin the process of installing the drivers that Windows didn’t install. For some reason the CD only contained two of the eight drivers that I needed. Normally, tracking down the right driver can be a huge annoyance, especially when your devices are showing up with generic names like PCI Device, Video Controller, System Device, or Unknown Device. But with the help of a little utility, I was able to find all of the drivers that I needed saving me lots of time and frustration.

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