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Recovering from a hard drive crash

A few days ago, I was working away on a project when my faithful computer make a quiet ..errrrkk! sound and quit.

It was after midnight and I made several attempts to restart the computer, with no success. The system could not even complete a Safe Boot sequence. I quit for the night and spent a restless night trying to figure out how I was going to stretch my budget to buy a replacement computer.

The next day the full reality of my situation hit me. All of my image files and articles were on this particular computer and many applications that were vital to my production of income. I had bought several backup drives but had never set up a real backup system to capture new and revised files on a daily basis. I had been winging it as far as backups and now was having to pay the price.

Google came to the rescue with many helpful suggestions on applications that would rescue files from my damaged hard drive. I chose Disc Doctors because they offer a free evaluation download which would help me decide whether enough data could be recovered to make it worthwhile buying the application.

It was a bargain and I recovered almost 255 Gb of data within two days. If you want to know how it was done, you will need to read the rest of the story.

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Learning new skills: What is your motivation

"I'm sure it will come in handy sometime"There are some of us who suck up odd bits of useful knowledge every day on the basis that it just might come in handy sometime. You might call this the "Hoover Principle". … Continue reading

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Learning new skills – bite-sized steps are vital

Why bite-sized steps are vitalHave you tried to learn something only to end in confusion and then quit in disgust? You have fallen into the trap of skipping over words you did not understand and have not made the data … Continue reading

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Learning new skills: step one – finding help

Why learn new skills?Would your life be more satisfying if you had more useful skills? Are there things you would like to do that you cannot do right now? Acquiring useful skills will help you live better at any time … Continue reading

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