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Check your computer specifications for Windows 8.1

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This video will show you how to check your computer specifications for Windows 8.1.

Your CPU, Ram, and Hard drive space, Windows 8.1, 32 or 64 bit and see if your computer is activated.

Start the video and click the box in little box in the lower right hand corner to enlarge the video.

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5 Ways To Retrieve Data From A Crashed Hard Drive

Some people store their entire life on a hard drive. They have photos of their young children, copies of their important documents, and everything else you could possibly think of. It’s safe to say they would be in trouble if anything bad was ever to happen. If you are one of those people who keep everything on the computer I really hope you have it backed up. Not only should it be backed up on an external hard drive, but also in the cloud where it’s even safer.

Even if you do try to back everything up in multiple places there is still a chance you don’t quite catch everything. Some things will only be on your regular hard drive and they might be really important. What will you do if you switch on your computer one morning and your hard drive crashes? You need the information back or you’ll be in trouble, so what do you do? There are some things that might work and we can take a look at them right now.

An external case

Maybe you could find a way to retrieve the files if you connected the hard drive to another computer. In order to do that you would need to take it out and put it into an external case which would connect to the other machine. It might have been something inside your old machine that corrupted the hard drive, but now that you’ve bypassed this your problem might be solved.

Data retrieval software

You can download software that promises to get your data back for you. Some people don’t like data retrieval software and they will tell you it’s unreliable, whereas others will tell you it’s great. Because it’s risky you should attempt to download a free version of the software instead of buying it. If the free version doesn’t work it will be up to you whether or not to try a paid version.

In the freezer

Take a freezer bag and put your hard drive inside it. Now put it in the freezer for 5-6 hours. I know you’re thinking I must be going crazy, but it can work. It’s meant to constrict the components long enough for you to retrieve your data, so make sure you do what you need to do before the hard drive thaws out. It will also work better if you put it in an external case.

A different operating system

Do you know how to use the Linux Live operating system? If you don’t know, use another computer and download it onto a disk. Go to the logistics page as soon as you put the CD in your broken computer and boot it up. Choose CD as the start-up system then save and exit. When the computer boots up it will now use the Linux system and you might be able to access your files.

Speak to a professional

If everything else fails you might need to go and see a professional. Just make sure the person you go and see knows what they are doing, because if they can’t retrieve your data it might be because they’re crap at their job and not because it’s lost forever. If you do find someone who can do the job properly it might cost you a lot of money, so make sure the data you want to retrieve is worth it.

Hope is not lost

How many people do you think just throw out their old computer when something goes wrong? They probably think there is no way to retrieve their data, so they don’t even try. Let us know what technique you used to finally recover yours.

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Carl Benson is a tech geek and a computer engineer by profession. He likes to keep a track of the latest technological developments and often reads tech magazines and journals. Data recovery is an issue, which he has harped upon in this post and suggests people to buy external drives in order to meet the increasing demands of storage.

Internet Safety Tips for Teens

It’s a wild world out there, and it can be especially dangerous for teens who are not yet equipped with the life experience necessary to protect themselves from the unknown. The Internet is no exception, as it presents a multitude of risky situations to teenagers from the seeming safety of “virtual” reality. What many teenagers don’t realize is that what happens on the Internet does not just stay on the Internet; it pervades real life and can cause some serious real life damage. Fortunately, there are some basic precautions teenagers can take to avoid some of the web’s common pitfalls. Here are some Internet safety tips for teens.

Watch what you share. Think twice before posting any personal information on social networking sites. You never know who might get a hold of that information. For example, never post your home address or personal telephone number; your friends should have that information already, and no one else needs to know. Also, don’t ever post about going on a vacation, as it is not a good idea to let the whole world know when your house will be empty, and for how long.

Site safety. Most creditable companies won’t ask for your social security number or credit card information without first verifying that they are who they say they are. When in doubt, ask an adult to research the company for you. Don’t ever just assume that a site is safe – especially a site that is asking for sensitive information.

Virtual strangers. It can be easy to feel that you are getting to know people you’ve never even met when you share conversations with them online, and the ease of Internet chat rooms makes sharing intimate conversations with virtual strangers a commonplace occurrence. However, it is never safe to assume that you know any more about the people on the other end of that chat than they want you to know. Keep in mind that the Internet is full of predators pretending to be people they aren’t – and they are preying on people like you, who might be too young to be suspicious. To protect your safety, don’t ever give out personal information in a chat room, or even in a private chat with someone you don’t know in real life, and never agree to meet someone from the Internet privately.

As a teenager, it is important that you are especially cautious when it comes to using the Internet. There are a lot of predators out there, waiting to take advantage of teens who only take things at face value, so you owe it to yourself (and to your family) to approach virtual reality with a suspicious eye and an interrogative mind.

About the Author: Ernie Bruley has 3 teens, all of whom had to listen to his safety lecture before they were allowed to use the web. Ernie is a computer pro who installs hard drive recovery software and makes simple home repairs.

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