This morning my portable hard drive said the folder I'd been working on last night was corrupt, so I restarted my PC. Now the hard drive is asking to be formatted before use. There are lots of tools available online but as an amateur, I'm not willing to risk playing around with it myself. How do I choose a good data recovery business on the Gold Coast, Queensland? Who to avoid? I need the data urgently and I'm willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money.
I'm reformatting the hard drive of my parent's Windows 7 PC to give to somebody. That's all well and good--software is reinstalled, drivers are updated, Windows Update looks happy. When I started the machine for the first time after Windows 7 installation was complete, it did it's standard thing where it asked what the user name was, what the PC name was, basic settings, etc. Is there any way to redo that setup for the new owner when they turn it on for the first time? [more inside]
Help me save a troubled external hard drive! I'm using OSX and I'm fine with wiping it out and starting over. This may be complicated? [more inside]
I have to read a lot of academic papers. They are usually formatted into 2 columns per page. This is fine if I print them out, but when I read them on a computer screen, it is difficult/annoying for me to scroll up and down - I lose my place easily (I recognize this may be unusual). Is there software out there that will strip the text from a pdf into one column (and maybe put all the figures at the end or somewhere)? Like the Readability extension for text on the web, but for pdfs. Maybe a plugin for Adobe Acrobat? Linux or Windows, please. Thanks.
I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
How can I reformat some rows into columns in Excel? [more inside]
Bought a (windows 7) dell inspirion laptop. too many problems, company finally giving a refund. how do i restore it to factory settings and delete all personal data? I do NOT want to reformat the hard disk, i want to leave the system programs intact. Thanks! [more inside]
Should I format my new external hard drives for OS X? [more inside]
I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
Computer freezing on reformat start up. [more inside]
Emachines won't let me buy the recovery disks for our emachine desktop, claiming that our serial number is unrecognizable. What are my options for reformatting the damn thing? [more inside]
Trying to reformat a PC. I've had this Dell which has given me nothing but problems since I bought it. Can anyone help me figure out how to wipe it and re-install XP? Degree of difficulty inside... [more inside]
Help me get rid of my extra Windows 7 installations! [more inside]
Has anyone seen both the IMAX and general-release versions of Watchmen? -> [more inside]
Struggling with slow Windows notebook running Vista. (Downgrading to XP is not an option unless free). Please tell me if my strategy to keep Vista fast will work: [more inside]
How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard? [more inside]
I am making a chapbook/zine that needs to be completed by noon on Thursday. I need help on how to format Microsoft Word so I can get the job done, printed and out to public. [more inside]
What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
I own a HP rz1715 Pocket PC 2003 ed. I would love to use this device to run Linux or something other than Windows. It has a SD expansion slot so I can increase the memory from 32MB to over 1GB if needed. Thoughts?
Can an Outlook contact file be recovered after the HD has been wiped and the OS is reinstalled? [more inside]
I have a Mac, my friend has a PC, we want to share music with an external hard drive. However, upon connecting the hard drive to his PC we discovered that the hard drive is formatted for a Mac, so we can't access the drive without reformatting and losing all the files. Is there a program that retrieves info without having to reformat?
What are effective anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that work in harmony? [more inside]
Similar to a previous question, but for a Mac: how do I reformat my hard drive if I don't have the correct system disks? see inside for further details [more inside]
i lost a partition in a reformat, but the data is still on my harddrive. i want to get the data off. i have r-studio, but not enough disk space on the existing partition to put the other data on it, and i thought i shouldn't create a new partition to put the data on, as that could mess up remaining data. i don't have an external harddrive. is there any way i can safely get the data off? thanks! [more inside]
In an emergency situation, facing a serious deadline, Windows decides to stop working. Not knowing what else to do, I reformat the harddrive. Crisis averted. Now, how do I re-connect to my second and third harddrives? [more inside]
My computer is hosed. I installed Magic Folders at the suggestion of Ask Mefi and now I can't start it whatsoever. [more inside]
please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows. [more inside]
Is there a quick and easy way to generate a list of all of the programs I have installed on my WinXP computer? [more inside]
Is there a way to access files on a hard drive from another computer? [more inside]
After a few hours of Google researching over the weekend, I could not find a simple, understandable guide for formatting my hard drive and re-installing Windows XP. I'm more interested in the actual process and less interested in being reminded to "backup everything." Does anyone know where I can find such a resource?