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Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Data


How did things get this messed up? Windows has slowed to a crawl. Programs won’t run. The free firewall you installed last year won’t update or uninstall itself.

Windows 7 System Restore hasn’t helped; neither have your assorted cleanup and antimalware programs. Only one option remains: Reinstall Windows and start from scratch.

I’m not going to lie to you–this is a scary and time-consuming job. Your PC may be unusable for a day or more. You could even lose all of your data.

And let’s face it: You’d be wise to avoid this chore if at all possible. If someone in tech support tells you to do it, get a second opinion, and then a third.

If you have to reinstall–and sometimes it is necessary–here’s how to make the process as safe and painless as possible.
Gather What You Need

You’ll have to collect a few things before you can begin.

First, you’ll need your recovery tool. What’s that? If you’re using the version of Windows that came on your PC, it’s probably in a hidden partition on the computer’s hard drive. That partition contains the information necessary to restore the hard drive to its factory condition.

Obviously, a hard-drive partition is not something you have to gather. But if your PC is a few years old, the recovery tool may be on one or more CDs or DVDs instead. Find the discs that came with your PC and see if anything looks promising. Alternatively, check the PC’s manual to learn what kind of recovery tool came with the machine, and, if it’s on a partition, how to access it.

If you upgraded Windows since you bought the PC–for instance, going from XP or Vista to Windows 7–the upgrade disc is now your recovery tool.

If you can’t find a recovery disc, and the PC has no hidden partition (or offers no workable way to access that partition), contact the system manufacturer to see what they can do for you. Read “How Do I Restore Windows If I’ve Lost My Restore CD?” for details.

After Windows installs, you’ll have to reinstall all of your programs. Collect all the original discs or downloaded installation files, and all of your license numbers.

You’ll want an empty external hard drive with a capacity at least as large as your existing hard drive. Another external hard drive will come in handy later. That one doesn’t have to be empty; you’ll need only a part of it.

Finally, you’ll need time. The best-case scenario for a reinstall is a day. The worst case: three or four days. You’ll be spending a lot of that time waiting, so get a good book, too.

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Playboy lanza disco duro externo con contenido precargado


Si eres de aquellos que aún no sabes qué pedirle al Viejito Pascuero (Papá Noel, Santa Claus o San Nicolás), tal vez esta sea el regalo que siempre quisiste tener.

La compañía Playboy acaba de poner a la venta un disco duro externo cuya principal característica es traer precargado todo el material publicado por la revista hasta estos días (650 ediciones, más de 100.000 páginas).

El disco duro tienen una capacidad de 250 GB y posee unas dimensiones que ya se quisiera cualquier conejita: 5×3×5 pulgadas.

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How to Check the Health of your Hard Drive


To get started, you need to download the ISO image of SeaTools for DOS and create a bootable CD. Now boot the computer with the CD in the drive, accept the license agreement and run a long test (the full scan). If any defects are found, a list will be offered at the end or after aborting the disk scan.

Other computer vendors /disk manufactures including Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba (Fujitsu), Western Digital, Lenovo, Dell, etc. too offer diagnostic tools that work only with their own brand of hard drives. If you are having frequent computer problems (like system hangs or fails to boot up), you may run these tools to confirm if the problems are hard drive related.

Important: While these tools can help you diagnose your hard drive’s health, they are still no good substitute for regular backups.

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[Chicas relajen…, o no!, bueno aquí unos consejos] 7 Myths About Sex After 50


Who says sex stops at midlife? Dr. Dorree Lynn, author of Sex for Grownups, debunks the myths and reveals the lies.

Myth #1: Older women are lousy lovers.
False! For centuries, older women would initiate young men into the world of sexual pleasures. You have history and experience on your side; you’ve lived long enough to have earned your stature. Hold your head up high and believe in yourself. Think of some of those wonderful role models: Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirran, Meryl Streep, Iman and so many others. Roll like a Role Model and show the word how wonderful it is to be over 50 and how fortunate a woman is to get there.

Myth #2: Older women don’t want sex as much as older men do.
Women just want more talk along with sex. Women love foreplay and feeling desired. If your partner doesn’t “get it” suggest a date night away from the bedroom and gently talk to him (or her) about what you want. Communication is the key. Foreplay starts in the morning with an “ I love you” or a stroke of your hair. Desire can continue at any age.

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Commodore makes new computer with very old-looking hardware


There’s something unabashedly cool about retro technology, and when it comes to computers it doesn’t get more retro than the Commodore 64. That’s why Commodore USA is recreating the very classic computer casing but this time with very modern hardware.

Citing “overwhelming demand from former Commodore users worldwide,” the company is creating an “exact replica of the original beige chassis Commodore C64.” Except this time it has 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a one terabyte hard drive, HDMI compatibility, an Intel Atom 525 CPU and Nvidia Ion2 graphics. It also packs in six USB ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and an optional Blu-ray Disc drive. This ain’t your granddaddy’s Commodore 64!

Enthusiasts out there have become legendary for merging old and new technologies to create extremely unique and captivating pieces of hardware. But it’s not often that a company actually goes back to its roots and devotes resources to recreating a look that by all standards is completely outdated.

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What Can I Do with a Dead Hard Drive?


Dear Lifehacker,
I have a dead hard drive that is out of warranty. Is there anything I can do besides recycle it?

Signed,
All My Drives are Down ‘n Dead

Photo by ArtMast.

Dear Down ‘n Dead,
You’re in luck. While your hard drive may be dead to its original function you can harvest parts from it for all sorts of fun and interesting DIY projects.

Before we delve into gutting your hard drive and repurposing its guts, let’s talk data security. While you didn’t specify what “dead hard drive” means, we’ll assume this means the disk is inoperable and any means of recovering the disk for use using software have failed. If the disk has truly sensitive data on it—data worth enough that someone would invest significant time and energy in recovering it—the only safe thing to do is to reference the Symphony of Destruction portion of our guide to properly erasing your physical media. If, on the other hand, the disk was mostly populated with your bootleg Bon Jovi concert rips, it’s ripe for all manner of DIY projects.

We’ve roughly ordered the following projects by the amount of effort and technical knowledge required to carry them out. At the start of the list you’ll need little more than basic tools and some patience. By the end of the list you’ll need to be comfortable with a soldering iron and working with electronics.

What Can I Do with a Dead Hard Drive?
Harvest Its Parts

One of the simplest things you can do with an old hard drive is harvest its magnets. Hard drives sport some super-powerful magnets that you can use for all sorts of things. The photo above shows a magnetic knife block made by carving recesses in a piece of wood for the hard drive magnets. Around the office we tend to just yank the magnets out of our old hard drives and use them for ultra-strong refrigerator magnets and to temporarily magnetize our tools when working with small parts.

While you’re gutting the hard drive, the platters are extremely polished and make pretty cool mirrors. Combine a platter with a hard drive magnet and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome and geeky mini-mirror for your fridge, or your locker at the office or gym.

If you’re not interested in delving further into recycling the electronics inside, you could always turn the empty hard drive case into hidden safe. Not many thieves would care to root around in a bin of old electronics crap in your garage and even fewer would want to steal an old banged up hard drive.

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How to Password Protect your Files and Folders


Do you have files and folders on your computer that you absolutely don’t want anyone else to see? Or do you even carry important documents on those easy-to-misplace USB drives?

If the answer is yes, you should definitely download a copy of SafeHouse Explorer – it’s a free and incredibly easy-to-use file encryption utility that will hide all your private files from prying eyes in few easy steps. You may use the tool to password protect files that are residing on your computer’s internal hard disk or even on external USB drives.
Tutorial: Encrypt and Password Protect your Files and Folders

SafeHouse Explorer, in simple English, works something like this. It creates a hidden storage area on your disk to hold all the files that you want to protect. These files and folders are hidden from normal view and will only become visible when you enter the correct password.

Here’s a more detailed tutorial on how you can protect your files with SafeHouse Explorer.

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