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Monday, January 30, 2012

Using the Windows Repair Tool to Fix System File Error

Repairing computer software related error or issues is always difficult especially if the error is about the computer operating system. If a system files is missing or got corrupted by various means then almost always the repair method would be to reinstall the operating system. This is the easiest way to correct any software related problems, re-installation of the software. An added difficulty for operating system re-installation is that the data in the hard drive must keep intact. Formatting the hard drive is out of the picture before any re installation occur.

Before we go into re-formatting any hard drive we must use all means to reactivate the operating system. Based from my experience reformatting any hard rive that contains information is definitely out of the picture unless the owner of the computer gives specific instructions that you can reformat the hard drive. There several possible ways to revive a windows operating system.

Using the windows start-up repair tool.

Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain system problems that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair scans your computer for the problem and then tries to fix it so your computer can start correctly. Start-up Repair is one of the recovery tools in the System Recovery Options menu. This set of tools is located on your computer's hard disk and on the Windows installation disc.

If a start-up problem is detected, Start-up Repair will start automatically and try to fix the problem.

If the problem is severe enough that Start-up Repair doesn't start on its own and you can't access the System Recovery Options menu on your computer's hard disk, you can get to the menu and start Start-up Repair by using the Windows installation disc or a system repair disc that you created earlier.

Startup Repair can only fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files. It can't fix hardware failures, such as a failing hard disk or incompatible memory, nor does it protect against virus attacks. Startup Repair isn't designed to fix Windows installation problems, nor is it a backup tool, so it can't help you recover personal files, such as photos or documents. To help protect your computer, back up your system and files regularly. For more information, search for "backup" in Windows Help and Support.

Using the tool is very intelligence approach to any windows system error. Based from my experience in repair system related error, this tool will fix 98% of the error. After reviving   the Windows operating system. There is a chance the error has more deeply rooted problem and chances are it will come back again. We need to start windows in safe mode, so that we can copy all the important files on the hard drive of the computer. Why but in safe mode? starting windows in safe lessen the driver being loaded  during the start-up process and less processes running while windows is open means more resources for copying of file. That why we need to revive windows using this tool because we need copy all the data in the hard drive just in-case we need to go to the last resort of formatting the hard drive of a computer.

Repairing a computer is not as easy as it looks it take time and patience to really sort out things. The information contained in a hard drive is always the priority. This must be recovered without using data recovery procedure where it will require a costly solution for getting back all the erased files once the hard drive has been formatted.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Things to Consider when looking for Affordable Hard Drive

Hard drives are classified as non-volatile, random access, digital, magnetic, data storage devices. Introduced by IBM in 1956, hard disk drives have decreased in cost and physical size over the years while dramatically increasing in capacity and speed. Hard disk drives have been the dominant device for secondary storage of data in general purpose computers since the early 1960s. They have maintained this position because advances in their recording capacity, cost, reliability, and speed have kept pace with the requirements for secondary storage.

One thing is for sure, the hard drive is something that no computer can be without. In fact, when you are looking to upgrade your computer or buy a new one you should use the hard drive as one of the most important considerations to follow. There are all types of affordable hard drives to choose from though. These will help to not only give your computer a place for its data to be stored but they will be useful in that you will not have to spend more money than you need to.

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The first thing to consider when finding affordable hard drives is the capacity of the hard drive. While larger hard drives have become the way to go for some computers these days the more affordable hard drives are going to be the ones that have lower levels of data capacity. A hard drive that fits 250GB of data will certainly cost less than that of an 800GB hard drive.

Another thing to consider for the affordable hard drive is the USB capability. Some hard drives will only be able to be used inside of the computer. Some of them can be read through a USB connection. This has turned into one of the most convenient methods of data storage on the market. Groups like Western Digital and Seagate have been making these, but it should be noted that the most affordable hard drives in this range are ones with lower capacity levels.

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Affordable hard drives will still have great data transfer rates also. Inner zone transfer rates for one of these cost efficient hard drives will be at around fifty megabytes a second and close to a hundred megabytes in a second for data at the outer zone.

There are various different places where you can find affordable hard drives. For instance, a typical computer hardware store will have new hard drives available for sale at different price levels so you can find one that will be in the range that you are willing to spend it on.

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Some independent computer hardware stores will have refurbished hard drives for sale. These have already been used but are cleaned up and restored so that they will work just like new. Even the higher end hard drives may be available in refurbished quality. This will mean that you can save a great amount of money on top quality products.

An outlet store will also have affordable hard drives. This is because these hard drives are sold individually to people who are looking to customize their computers. In addition, with no middleman involved money will be saved because of the small transfer costs. You can find an outlet store in your area through your local phone book.

A hard drive is something that you should use for your computer. By using the considerations of the hard drive in terms of the size, you want and by looking at various different stores, you can find affordable hard drives that your computer can use without you having to spend more money than you want to.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

10 Benefits to help make Terrified Retailers make the Transition from Offline to Online

The retail world is full of battle hardened business men and women. This is because; retail business is one of the hardest to keep afloat especially with new entrants into the market on a frequent basis. These battle hardened business people tend to be set in their ways and some of them are more comfortable doing things the old way. Sometimes the old way is no way. Like all other businesses that are moving more into the internet age, retail businesses have not been left out. For those still standing in the peripherals too afraid to try, these few motivations may more them forward in a positive way. They include;

  •  No major investment required in IT software – this is because some of the best point of sale software systems do not need any new software installation. They can be run using the already existing IT structure of the retail outlet. This makes the installation process less daunting for busy retail business owners who are more focused on increasing their bottom line.
  • Easy training modules – these can be successfully completed at all levels of the retail business. This includes the new IT savvy employees and the older more cautious less IT conscious gurus. Adding new knowledge to their portfolio always makes employees feel empowered, motivated and well taken care of.
  • Low maintenance – this software does not affect the elusive profit margin in many retail businesses. This is because, to keep their businesses competitive many retail owners need to cost their products very competitively in the hope that they will attract  larger customer numbers who will in turn build up the bottom line.

  • No investing in new IT hardware – usually with most new automation projects there is a corresponding high investment in new hardware so as to keep the system running. Nowadays, many retail software solutions can be installed and operated on the existing IT infrastructure.

  • High security – many good retail systems operate with very high levels of integrity. This means that, the chances of data getting corrupt are virtually nonexistent.

  •  Immediately operational – the system, once installed can be used for all the retail outlets operations on a daily, weekly and monthly basis from that point forward. This makes work much easier and faster for both customers and employees.
  • Fast sales – as with all automated systems processing times are heightened and this makes the retail business improve its capacity for handling many more customers at any given time.
  • More visibility – this means that, the retail outlet becomes more accessible to an increasingly online business community. This added visibility can create more opportunities for doing more business.
  • Improved management – many online retail systems allow retail owners more control over their overall operations. This is a great improvement for chains that cover different geographical locations. This helps top management plan out their mission and vision in terms of where they want their business to reach and when the right timing for this is appropriate.
  • Accurate reporting – like all systems, data collection is crucial to creating accurate reports. The data that retail systems use is important in making informed decisions regarding the business on the ground. Glaring loop holes are also plugged and operations tightened for better efficiency.

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Edna Simms is a retail chain owner operating a robust point of sale software to make her business model more profitable. She also uses it to improve services for both her employees and customers alike.

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