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Upgrading a Computer Hard Drive And Back Up Software

Important: Backup Your Computer Now, Before It is Too Late!

Hard DriveIs your computer hard drive running out of capacity? Are you wondering what you are going to do when it maxes out? Are you worried about loosing all your pictures and files when your hard drive crashes? Have you ever performed a computer HD backup? Well, I’ve got the solution for you.

No one really wants to go through and delete information from the past. Installing a second add on drive is a possibility. Another option is to install a brand new C drive, with all your existing programs and data intact.

There are a couple of programs that I am aware of that make it easy to clone a hard drive completely. The program that I have used for backing up information and cloning a hard drive is Acronis True Image. Acronis True Image is a program that once installed on your existing hard drive can be used for daily backups to another hard drive or to install a brand new C drive with all the existing files intact.

For example: I had a computer with a 180 Gbyte disk drive that was getting to the point, with pictures, videos, files, and programs installed, that the days were numbered until I was going to be forced into doing something about it. I decided to take the initiative and replace the disk drive with a new 400 GB disk drive. Using Acronis True Image, the new one is Acronis True Image Home 2009 backup and disk image recover software, I first did a fresh backup on the second disk drive I have installed in the computer. Once that was complete, I disconnected the second drive and hooked up the brand new Seagate 400 GB disk drive that I picked up from Fry’s Electronics for $89.00. I can’t believe these prices on hard drives keep dropping as much as they have over the years.

Once the second drive was hooked up, I ran the True Image software again, and cloned the primary drive, but expanded it to include the total available space to be used on the new drive. Once the cloning process was done, I then removed the first drive, and made the new drive the C drive, then re-attached the other backup drive, and the computer was up and running on the new hard drive.

It is interesting to note that even though most drive manufactures state a certain size hard drive, they usually overstate what the drive actually holds. It seems as though there is a 5 to 10% fudge factor. The Seagate 400 Gbyte drive turned out to be 367 Gbytes formated. But still, it is hard to pass up a deal when you need it.

My recommendation for anyone looking for a new hard drive, try to estimate what you will be using it for. If it is going to be used for pictures and video storage, then by all means up the storage capacity. However, if a standard 500 GB hard drive is substantially more than enough room for what you are currently doing, save your money for the future. As the price on these hard drives has dropped over the years, it is likely that the price of hard drives will continue to plummet, and the capacities will continue to increase. Then, the price per gigabyte will be less in the future, when you really need the storage. As of this update date: 2/20/08 – there are external 1 Terabyte hard drives available for sale around 100 dollars. See: 1 TB External Hard Drives

Jim Warholic is President of Professional Web Services, Inc., an Internet marketing and SEO company.

Good News Apple Safari Now Works in Windows

I gave Apple a second chance with Safari for Microsoft Windows environment.

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Apple Safari on Microsoft Windows XP Computer
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Read the previous posting: Apple Safari For Windows Partial Menus For Many

I am pleased to report, that the partial menus problem is not the case anymore.

After seeing a notice that an update to fix the font issue in Safari for Windows was available to download from Apple, I downloaded the new installer program.

But, just to be on the safe side of getting this to work properly, I read on Grupenet to “please make sure the read-only option on your Fonts.plist file is unset.”

I believe this is if you have previously installed Safari and used his fix on the previous version. See the comments below from Jared. His instruction is as follows: ‘unset read-only on the “Fonts.plist” which is located in “C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari” on Windows XP and “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\Safari” on Windows Vista.’ See comments.

I personally like to have the status bar on at the bottom of the Safari program when running. The user can turn this on or off depending on their preferences. Go to the View menu and select Show Status Bar to have the bottom of the browser display information such as when your cursor is placed over a link, the status bar will display the link location. If you want to have the Tab bar always displayed, simply select view Tab. The tab bar is nice to have because you can right click on the existing tab and open a new tab for another website or a fresh Search Engine search.

I know Apple has a thing with their Silver Surfer brand image, but I would like to see some colors for the Safari browser. However, with that being said, the Safari browser is kind of cool looking, with their elegant rounded slide scroll bars on both the bottom and right side.

From a web developer’s standpoint, it’s always a good idea to know how your website displays on other browsers. Also, from an Internet marketing standpoint, you will want to know how your business website shows up on other computers, operating systems, and the various browsers online. Quite a number of browsers are available besides IE such as: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, Camino, SeaMonkey, Flock, and others.

Jim Warholic, President Professional Web Services, Inc.

Ubuntu Linux Free And Easy Install OS

Microsoft Must Really Be Getting Worried About Linux

With the story coming out this week, about how Microsoft is claiming patent infringements against open-source software programs such as Linux and Open Office by Sun Microsystems, Inc. I happen to discover a new Linux called Ubuntu through one of the news articles online. More about Microsoft later.

A couple of years ago, I had an extra computer lying around that I decided to make it dual boot between Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux. The install with Red Hat was through several install CDs, along with a documentation CD, and three source code CDs. It was somewhat of a time consuming job. Then, trying to get the Red Hat Updates to function was even more troublesome, (never did figure it out.)

When I came upon the Ubuntu Linux OS, I thought I would give this a try, especially after I read about some of the easy to use features associated with Ubuntu Linux such as a good graphical interface and numerous free software associated with it.

With Ubuntu Desktop Edition you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Ubuntu has a fast and easy graphical installer right on the Desktop CD. On a typical computer the installation should take you less than 25 minutes.

There are two main versions of the software. There is a desktop version and a server version of the software. The website is very informative about how to download, burn a CD image, verify the integrity of the CD, and finally installing of the software on a computer. In addition to being able to download the software from numerous websites from around the globe, you can request several free CDs, or buy them from one of their world-wide distributors. The download is relatively small in size for an OS, and actually fits on one CD. With high-speed Internet, it did not take very long to download. However, if you are on a dial-up, or have a slow connection, it might be good to order the free disk.

Once the software was downloaded and a CD was burnt, installation went very smoothly and incredibly fast. There were a number of immediate updates that the software recommended, which was automatically performed with a click of the mouse. Automatic updates are what we have all gotten used to with all the Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X software operating systems. But until seeing the ease at which Ubuntu performed the update function, which had been nonexistent or difficult with other Linux systems, has made Ubuntu Linux a really good alternative to Microsoft Windows OS. Once the OS software was installed, it was a simple matter to download, and load programs from a list of hundreds if not thousands of other open-source programs and applications online.

By-the-way, I now have a triple-boot system. One that has Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, and now, Ubuntu Linux system.

Take a look at the minimum computer hardware installation requirements. Note: For older computers with even less memory or hard drive space and with slower processors, Xubuntu is a steam-lined version of Ubuntu. Xubuntu is also available for free. Both Xubuntu and Ubuntu come with lots of pre-loaded software including office applications and Web browsing software. Download Xubuntu here.

For something that is free and easy to use, I would say it is well worth the small amount of time to load Linux Ubuntu or Xubuntu OS on that spare older computer. You might be surprised what you can do with it. As always, have fun.

Jim the online marketer.

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