12:58 PM

Oops..!!! I deleted a file - File Recovery

Deleted a file unknowingly.What are you worrying for,When there is a way to recover them even if you have trashed it out of your recycle bin.Files can be recovered even after a full level format.Thats called file recovery.You can find loads of softwares free in the download market that you can use to recover the files.I have listed down some of the top recovery softwares here.When a file is deleted on your harddisk from the recycle bin or when shift+deleted,it never leaves the harddisk but hides behind a blank sector.Unless and untill you use the same memory sector,the file is neither damaged nor trashed.So recover as soon as possible for quality output.Do very little computing before you get your file,since every time you save a new file ,your OS writes information to your harddisk.So your chances of finding the file goes down.Given here are some of the best freeware recovery softwares:

  1. UnDelete Plus
  2. PCInspector File Recovery
  3. Restoration

Choose anyone from the above.Its better you choose UnDelete as it is the most user friendly one.Once you have picked up a tool and installed it.It provides you with the options to scan.Additional filter options are provided to find the file you are searching for more easily.Filter options range from choosing the extension of your file like scan only for .EXE's or for file size ranging from x to y or the files deleted on the dates. Once you find the file ,use the undelete option to recover the file.Its all a piece of cake to recover a file.If your harddisk is unbootable.Don't panic too.When there is a will there is a software too.Use Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD.Boot with this and this would help you to recover your files without even getting into windows.If you are in a serious trouble and nothing above worked for you ,then keep your busted harddisk in the freezer for the night long.This makes the data more readable.Recover your data before the harddisk warms up with the help of a replacement harddisk.

To recover digital images from a flash memory card or a hard drive.The above softwares works just fine but i recommend to use a more specialized software Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery.

To recover files from a scratched CD or DVD.Use tooth paste to cover up the scratched areas and polish the side with the paste.Now use one of the below softwares to recover the files.

  1. CDCheck
  2. CD Recovery Toolbox

Please follow up with your comments and ideas.

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4:32 PM

Before You Upgrade To Vista

1. Before beginning, back up
The most critical step you should take before upgrading your PC to any new OS is to backup your important data. Use Vista's Windows Easy Transfer utility or simply drag and drop your files to an external disk. It's the cheap and easy way.

2. Choose, but choose wisely
Seeking Media Center functionality when upgrading to Vista- Then remember that only the Vista Home Premium and Ulti­mate versions carry the feature. Home Basic. Business, and Enterprise editions of Vista do not.

3. Check your hardware
Before upgrading to Windows Vista know that your computer must have a DVD drive installed. Windows Vista does rite common CD after all.

4. Add more memory
Although you may have gotten by on 512MB of RAM in your Windows XP machine. 1GB is the realistic minimum for Windows Vista. Ideally, consider run­ning Windows Vista with 2GB of memory installed for more efficient performance.

5. Find the latest drivers
After upgrading your PC to Windows Vista, be sure to run Windows Update, which can provide critical security updates to protect your system. It will also apply updated drivers for your installed hardware. But visit the manufacturer's Web sites, too. which often post new drivers before Microsoft verifies them.

6. Solve problems with new BIOS
Upgrading to a newer CPU? Check and run the latest BIOS for your motherboard first. This may help you avoid any compatibility bottlenecks.

7. Graphics cards: Mad with power
When upgrading your video hardware for higher performance, always check the power requirements. Multiple-GPU configurations like Crossfire and SLI (as well as graphic boards that have multiple CPUs) require a significant amount of power. It's almost a certainty that you'll need to upgrade your power supply too.

8. Antivirus apps trump installers
When upgrading lo Windows Vista, be sure to disable any antivirus software running on the machine. Forgetting to do so can cause the antivirus software to conflict with the installation and can result in sys­tem pauses or a complete system hang.

9. Convert IDE to SATA
You've decided to upgrade your mother­board but find that it doesn't have enough IDE ports to support your old drives—a common problem, actually. Fret not. IDE-to-SATA adapters are readily available.

10. Brace for trouble
Prepare yourself.. much of your software may not operate under Vista without upgrading. Run the Application Compati­bility Toolkit (ACT) found in the download center on Microsoft's Website. It'll point you lo any upgrades you may need.

11. Speed USB transfers
Is that flashy new external USB hard drive taking longer than expected to migrate your data? Ditch that ancient USB LI tech­nology on your XP machine by upgrading to a USB 2.0 card. They're available today for under $20.

12. Check your hardware
Before upgrading your aging Windows XP PC to run Windows Vista, be sure to down­load and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. It can help you determine which version of Vista best suits your needs, or if your Windows Vista PC is ready for a more powerful version of Vista Note that the Upgrade Advisor works only with XP and Vista systems.
Courtesy : PCWorld

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