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How to Format Your Hard Drive
by David Bernstein - October 1, 2017
There may come a time when you will need to format your hard drive for some reason or another. These reasons may be because you are installing new operating system from scratch, or you want to wipe out a secondary drive to start fresh with new data or maybe even if you want to delete the partitions on a hard drive itself. Whatever the reason you are choosing to format your drive it’s very easy to do and there are several ways to do it. You can even format things like external hard drives and USB flash drives. Just keep in mind that with whatever drive you choose to format you...
CCleaner Windows Cleaning Utility Compromised with Malware
by David Bernstein - September 19, 2017
The popular cleaning utility Ccleaner (originally owned by Piriform) was recently bought out by Avast and it appears a certain build of the software has been compromised with some Malware. Ccleaner is normally used to clean out temp files and the Windows registry etc. but this specific build does way more than that.The version in question was released between August 15th and September 11th and the ones you have to worry about are the Windows build that has a version number of...
Finding and Viewing your Saved Web Browser Usernames and Passwords
by David Bernstein - September 05, 2017
Anyone who uses a web browser to browse the internet has been prompted by their browser to save their username and password when they log into a site that requires them. Having your browser save your username and password definitely comes in handy when you want to log in quick and not have to figure out what name and password you used when you signed up for the site. But what if you need to log into one of these sites with a different browser or on a different computer or even your smartphone and you don’t remember the login...
CPU-Z Hardware Information Utility
by Jim Bernstein - August 13, 2017
Unless you are the type that builds your own computers you may have no idea what type of hardware you have inside of yours. Then again you might not really care! Sure you may know that you have an Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM for example but do you know the type or speed of your RAM or how much is in each slot or even how many RAM slots you have? Or do you know the make and model of your motherboard or how who makes the BIOS or how old it is when it comes to...
RAID Levels Explained
by Jim Bernstein - September 21, 2017
When it comes to corporate data on enterprise level storage it’s important to make sure that your data is protected and available at all times, or as close to that as you can get. For the average home user you can simply backup your files to an external hard drive, flash drive or DVD and be ok using software like Allway Sync or something similar. Companies will likely back up their data on a regular basis but will also employ data protection on the storage arrays themselves in the form of RAID which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. RAID protects your data by...
Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows
by Jim Bernstein - September 12, 2017
So what if you want to make separate drive for organizational or testing purposes etc. but have already installed Windows on your existing drive and have it partitioned the way you want it? If that’s the case then you can create a virtual disk using the existing space on your hard drive. A virtual disk will act as a standalone disk that you can format and assign a drive letter to just like you added another physical disk in your computer but will actually use the disk space on...
Creating a VM in Oracle's VirtualBox Virtualization Software
by Jim Bernstein - September 1, 2017
If you have been working in the field of IT even for a short period of time I am sure you have heard the term virtualization and most likely know what it means. What it boils down to is running one or more “virtual” computers on or within a physical server and these virtual machines (or VMs) utilize the physical server’s hardware such as processors and RAM and sometimes its storage unless the storage happens to be located on a...
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