By Bob Rankin
Online free storage is one of the greatest innovations to arise from the Internet. There’s no need to buy a bigger hard drive or burn stacks of CDs; just upload your photos, videos, documents, and other files to someone else’s storage space for free! Here’s the scoop on free online storage…
By Steve Bass
On March 21, 1991, I stopped using Norton’s security programs.
But I like to see what the dark side is up to, so I recently switched back to Norton. And I’m really happy I did.
Of course, knowing how you always like to hear the dirt, I’ll tell you the back story.
By Leo Notenboom
Erasing your hard drive before you give it away is important. Exactly how thorough an erase you need depends on your data and level of paranoia.
PC Matic now allows you to customize your scanning and cleaning.
You never forget your first.
Somewhere buried in the deep recesses of your heart or your basement – is your first computer
Check out these enlightening & entertaining ‘first computer’ experiences from our staff & regular contributors.
By Leo Notenboom
Although there are many software utilities that claim to be
able to delete data files from hard drives securely and
thoroughly, can’t you accomplish the same thing simply by
overwriting sensitive files with large, non-sensitive ones?
To be honest, it depends on your level of paranoia. I
suppose that also depend on the level of sensitivity of your
But you are correct in the implication that a plain old
“delete” isn’t nearly enough.
Let’s look at that, and how far you might need to go.
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If you have 1 hour you can be up and running your very own Dual Boot Windows 7 System. It’s never been easier. Today you can partition your existing drive, install Windows 7, and be up and surfing the net in less than an hour. Heck, I bet you can do it in a half hour. You gotta love it.
Howdy and Happy Independence Day to everyone in the US. The past week has seen more questions on drives and boot problems so I decided to take a good look at Windows Disk Management. Disk Management has always been a good utility, but starting with Vista and continuing into Windows 7, it has become a powerful and simple way to format and partition drives. You can manage the drive your booting from, or you can format and partition new drives for later installations and use.
Let’s take a look at this weeks question and see where it takes us.
Another busy week for ASK THE PROS. Some interesting questions that cover a lot of ground so let’s get to it.
Q. K. Woods asks: How do I make a bootable disk with an ISO file?
A. Thanks K. Woods, You are correct, an ISO image or file is used to make a bootable disk. Itâ€™s a CD image file that instructs your system to give a prompt to boot to CD when installing operating systems or anything that needs a bootable disk. They are also commonly used for Games.
Thank you for the huge number of questions sent to:
We’ve had an overwhelming response and weâ€™re doing our best to read each and every one. I sincerely wish we could answer your questions directly but the numbers make that impossible. Iâ€™ll continue to select those that occur most often. Keep them coming, and donâ€™t be afraid to submit more than once.
Obsolescence. It is almost a given in the high paced PC industry. The word always gives a bitter sweet feeling in the gut. On one hand, there is a certain frustration that your current PC is getting out of date. But this is coupled with the excitement of knowing that you will soon be in the market for a new one. I think we’ve all been through it.
*Become a PC Pitstop Affiliate
*My Buddy, Windows XP
*Remove Hijackers & Trojans
*Windows XP SP3 Cheat Sheet
*Bits from Bill: Domains Will Never Be the Same
*Tech Support Survey Results
*Pitstop Research: Storage Trends
*PC Pitstop CSI
*Tip #1: Folder Thumbnails
*Tip #2: Yahoo, Hotmail and Others
*Tip #3: Sound Effects
PC Pitstop Pushes PC Administration Into OverDrive With New Self-Service Support Service
Sioux City, IA â€“ X, 2008 â€“ PC Pitstop, the undisputed leader in PC diagnostics and support with over 100 Million PC performance tests and counting, has released its newest service for general availability, OverDrive. With just a few clicks, PC Pitstopâ€™s newly overhauled OverDrive service offers a simple scan using Internet Explorer (IE) or the IE tab in Firefox web browsers to provide a full PC Configuration report in under five minutes. The scan evaluates system performance, security, software, drivers, application versioning, system conflicts and other key information and delivers a report for a full system tune-up.
100 Million Tests & Counting
New PCs Burdened with Old Drivers
Bits from Bill: Winpatrol 14
Vista Blues Vocalized
New Full Test Tip
Research: Tax Prep Software
Photo Printing Survey Results
Survey: AMD vs. Intel
Tip: Total Copy move files faster
Tip: Noisy Fans, and how to fix them.
Is Your PC Feeling Bloated?
The Battle for Hard Drive Freedom: Part II
Contest: I Pimped My PC
Tip: Screen Capture Made Easy
Tip: Opaque Icon Solution
Contest: Pit Sprints
New Survey: Online Video Viewing
Survey Results: Obsolescence
Research: Bloatware on the Rise
Which of the major PC manufacturers is staking the largest claim to hard drive space on new computers?In our latest video, the PC Pitstop Research Team investigates hidden partitions on 30 brand new PCs. We found the best way to recover these hidden partitions is to use Acronis Disk Director Suite.
PC Pitstop research has shown that many PC vendors are making a practice of creating a separate partition on a system’s primary hard drive in which to store the systems’ original restoration information. Rob’s new video documents his crusade to reclaim his hard drive space on his new PC. Thanks to Acronis Disk Director Suite he was able to accomplish his goal.
XP to Vista – Worthwhile Migration?
The Illusions of Vista
Vista Backups You Can’t Have
Tip: Caps Lock Warning
Tip: Full Tests on Vista
Survey Results: Vista
New Survey: Gaming
Research: The Case of the Missing 5GB
Hello Firefox, Goodbye Internet Explorer
Pitstop Tests & Firefox
Tip: Moving Firefox Profile to Vista
Tip: Best Things in Life are Free
New Survey: Vista
Research: Software for a Taxing Task
I bought my laptop in 2005, and now it is maddingly slow. Should I get a new PC with Vista?
I get emails like this on a regular basis. Here’s an insider look at why our PC’s are so damn slow, and whether Vista is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Commentary: Vista – Planned Obsolescence?
Free Disk Health Scan
Tip: Vista – Run as Admin
Tip: Vista – Outbound Firewall Filter
Research: Printer Survey Results
Research: Pirates of the Canadians
New Survey: Vista
Our mission at PC Pitstop is simple: help people make their PCs faster, more stable and more secure. PC Pitstop runs diagnostics on users’ PCs to identify things that might help improve performance. The process is fully automated, private and safe.
When you first loaded files onto your new hard disk, they weren’t fragmented. Each whole file followed the last in consecutive disk clusters, lowest to highest. Your disk performance was never better.
When you began using those files — changing them, adding and deleting records and files — they were broken into smaller and smaller pieces scattered around the disk. That’s because your system writes each new record into the first empty slot it finds on the disk, even if it’s nowhere near the rest of the file.
Is spyware crippling your system?
Performance Tweak: Eliminate XP eye candy
Performance Tweak: defrag early, defrag often
Troubleshooting: Fix PC problems remotely
Product recall: Flaming IBM monitors
NOW that we have a month under our belt, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect a little and then turn an eye to the future.