Dealing with hard drive failure, data recovery and disposal

Destroy Hard Drive

It is far better to protect your data against loss than it is to rely on others to be able to recover your data for you and not only because of the cost implication. If you have to send your drive away then it might go missing in transit, it might not be recoverable or it might fall into the wrong hands. You cannot know when your disk drive will fail and each disk drive will usually only have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. If you back up your data regularly then you shouldn’t need to worry, if

Simple steps for replacing your Windows 8.1 system disk with a bigger drive

Windows 8 Logo

I thought I would upgrade the hard drive of my son’s Windows 8.1 PC. A simple task on Windows 7 but not so on Windows 8.1. I did a quick search on the internet but most things pointed to purchasing some software or referred to Windows 7 articles. I thought to myself that surely Microsoft wouldn’t have dumped the backup and restore feature that made this task so simple. After a bit of hunting around in the Control Panel, it looks as if they have just changed the names of a few things. Everything you need can be found and

Farewell old friends: saying goodbye to Windows XP & Office 2003

Windows XP Office 2003 Install

In case you didn’t already know, Microsoft are stopping all support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on Tuesday. That means no more patching even if security risks become known to them. This of course means that attackers who know that not everyone will be disconnecting their Windows XP machines or Office 2003 suites from the internet on April 8th will be rubbing their hands in glee. If you have an old machine running Windows XP/Office 2003 that you love and you can’t upgrade or you don’t want to upgrade then you don’t have to consign it to the scrap