This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Missing Operating System – Boot Disk Error
New subscriber Julie B wrote with a question about a problem she has — her computer can’t boot!
I have Windows XP, SP3. I have Drive C: (250GB) where the operating system was located, Drive D: (250GB) which was still empty, and Drive E: which is the HP Recovery. My computer crashed suddenly and I got an error message that said Missing operating system. I rebooted and got another error message saying Boot Disk error. How can my operating systen just vanish? Now the computer won’t boot up from the Hard Drive, so I can’t get in at all […]
- Has My Email Account Been Hacked?
Long-time subscriber Richard FUller wrote from New Zealand, wondering if his email account had been hacked:
Since I can’t get a sensible answer from my ISP, who has seen fit to “outsource” technical help to Manila when its office is only a couple of miles from here, may I trouble you to explain an email matter that’s likely to affect a number of your subscribers?
For some months now I’ve been receiving spam emails that apparently emanate from one of my own addresses […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Thunderbird to the Rescue!
Thunderbird, from the Mozilla Foundation and sometimes called Mozilla Thunderbird, is my new email program of choice. I had tried Thunderbird several years ago, but didn’t use it because I couldn’t do some of the things that I did with Eudora. Sometime back, I switched from Eudora to Eudora OSE, which was built upon the Thunderbird code base.
I made the move to Thunderbird after a brief trial, changing from Eudora Open Source Edition (Eudora OSE). The transition was amazingly easy […]
- Computer Safety with System Restore
One of the new features that Microsoft introduced with Windows Millennium (Windows Me) was the incorporation of a third-party program that backed up the Windows operating system and critical files, including the Windows Registry. It was called GoBack.
While GoBack was incorporated into Windows Me, and was made available from the third-party software company for earlier versions of Windows, it never really caught on. Perhaps because it ran before Windows ever started. It also modified the Windows C: drive’s partition to a non-standard partition type, which broke a number of third-party utilities.
With the advent of Windows XP, GoBack was gone from Windows. Microsoft introduced a new feature called System Restore to Window […]
- Windows 7 Hibernation
New subscriber Warren David had a question about Windows 7 that I’d not thought much about before… He asked:
Is there a way to Hibernate in Windows 7 ?
- Deleted Files Aren’t Really Deleted
New subscriber David Hedrick wrote to ask if deleting a file really removed it from the hard drive.
I routinely delete personal files from time to time.
Someone told me that deleting files do not actually clean off the hard drive, the “system”” simply puts a character in the front of the name so that it does not show; folks (with knowledge) can go in and find all the deleted files and reconstruct.
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