Southern California data recovery services expert Hard Drive Recovery Group has published two recent blog posts, one on the Google Drive application sphere, and one on the parts of personal computers that can make a performance difference. The posts continue the company's goal to keep customers well informed not only on protecting their data, but also on operating a computer efficiently.
In the post, "Why Use Google Notes When Taking Notes", HDRG discusses Google Docs, which are an exemplary option for almost anyone working on the web today. While certainly it isn't the best way to keep deeply private notes, as with anything on Google, it does have a number of solid features that make stand alone desktop word processing programs not only obsolete, but often irrelevant.
Organization is the key to operating with Google Drive, but fortunately the best feature of storing any kind of document, presentation or note there is in fact the search function. The Drive feature also allows users to share documents with only specific users, which makes for an excellent collaboration tool.
The post also mentions the Google Docs research tool, which unsurprisingly integrates with search functions to enable a user to research terms and ideas while documents are being prepared. It too is available freely to anyone that has an Internet connection and a Google account.
In a second blog post, entitled, "What Influences Computer Efficiency", HDRG references the key components of any personal computer, and discusses the speed factor for each.
"Every once and a while it's important to put out a blog post that explains computers at their most basic level, if only because there are a lot of people out there that do not understand them," said Davies. "When it comes to maintaining a computer system over the long term, knowledge is definitely power."
The article (read more here) notes some of the bottlenecks in most computer systems when it comes to speed and data processing performance. Easily the most important bottleneck in any computer tends to be the hard disk drive. These drives tend to be much slower than solid state drives, or SSD, and can greatly affect the computer's overall speed.
"When a computer is using an older hard disk drive, it is almost automatically slower than a system that uses an SSD," said Davies. "In terms of overall performance boost, nothing is better than to upgrade from HDD to SSD."
The article also references RAM (Random Access Memory) and video cards, which tend to round out the components most responsible for performance increases and decreases. These components are particularly important when the computer is required to do high-intensity processing tasks such as editing video and playing today's serious video games. And while upgrading a video card is critical mostly for game play, RAM is something that very few systems can get enough of.
"While personal computers have greatly increased the level of performance and speed they offer a typical user over the past 10 years, typically software has not necessarily kept up," said Davies. "But, with Windows 10 having such a large footprint, and the multitasking needs of many folks, you really cannot get enough RAM."
Hard Drive Recovery Group does not repair computers per se, but the company offers emergency data recovery in cases of physical hard drive failure or hard disk clicking scenarios. They offer free hard drive evaluations over the phone, as well as at their Irvine, CA laboratory.
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What’s yesterday’s spyware protection has now become an even better security and protection for your computer. We’re talking about Windows Defender. It first made its debut in 2006 and since then, Microsoft has made it even better, making Windows 10 even more secure not just from internet threats, but also from viruses and malware.
To keep your Windows 10 running free from all the bad things that can harm it, there are other precautions and actions you can do to further safety and security. This includes the free tools that you can download to prevent computer or data damage.
First up is the trusty Windows Defender. If you have turned on your Windows Defender, it automatically runs a security check in the background to make sure everything is safe and sound. But if you want to double-check, you can always run a scan.
Scan a specific folder if you don’t want either Quick or Full scans.
If there is one thing you need to know about viruses, it’s that they keep up with technology. Always update Windows Defender.
View quarantined files before taking any actions.
For increased control, go to Settings.
We all want options options. So if you want a different protection for your computer, Avast can be a great option.
And of course, you have to be cautious with what websites to visit, files to download and open, and external storage devices to connect in your computer.
Viruses can harm the files and data on your computer. If this happens and you experience data loss, head here https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-data-recovery.html. You can also visit this help.
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By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.
While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.
If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner with other software companies. But sometimes, they are unnecessary as well.
In order to show everyone it is superior, Windows 10 has impressive graphics and animations. They do look great but they can be inessential when it comes to performance.
The same goes for transparency effects.
If real speed is what you’re after, you can choose to upgrade your RAM.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more for optimum speed, get yourself a Solid State Drive (SSD).
And last but certainly not least, run routine maintenance.
So basically, every part of your computer needs care and attention. There are things you can buy to make your computer faster, and there are also those that you can do yourself. If you happen to run into problems with your hard drive, address it with https://www.harddriverecovery.org/external-hard-drive-recovery.html. You can also click here for additional information.
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In a recent blog post, Irvine, Southern California's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses tips and tricks to keep one's computer - whether desktop or laptop - well cared for and maintained to ensure the longest life possible. One of the long term killers of many computer systems - particularly desktop computers, which can last for extremely long periods of time - is poor maintenance. Poor computer maintenance can also contribute to the possibility of physical hard drive crash and full hard drives, which can typically only be addressed by professional hard drive data recovery specialists with access to a clean room.
In the post, "Are You Destroying Your Computer", HDRG talks about how it is quite easy to keep a computer clean with the correct tools. One of those tools, a computer technician's best friend, is a can of compressed air. While people tend to use these to blow out the interior cabinet of desktop computers, one of the tricks that many people do not know is that compressed air can also help a lot when it comes to laptops.
"Most people do not consider that compressed air can be critical for laptop maintenance, mainly because the heat driven by these devices has a higher potential of hurting the electronics within the system than with a desktop," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "Additionally, laptop computers have a variety of ports that are continually exposed to the elements, including dust and dirt which can easily hurt connectivity. Users are encouraged to not only blow out vents with compressed air, but also ports such as USB and HDMI, which can also get clogged up."
Another point the blog post stresses is the fact that laptop computers are often extremely fragile over time, particularly when the system uses a classic spindle and platter HDD drive. The issue here is that these drives were not really initially constructed to handle a mobile computer's daily movements, and they do have a high potential of failure, even with what seems like careful use.
"Older laptop hard drives are something that HDRG sees a lot of, whereas there tends to be a lot fewer requests for SSD data recovery," said Davies. "The best advice we really can provide is to try to keep the system cool whenever possible, and if the disk light indicator is flashing, ensure the system is in a stationary place."
On the desktop side, compressed air plus a good vacuuming once in a while can do wonders, particularly as many desktops are on the floor or hidden away where dust can gather at high levels. Desktops run hotter than laptops, but most store bought computers have enough fans to properly move air through even a partially clogged system. Meanwhile, self built systems should always have at least one case fan added in order to move air.
Fortunately when it comes to desktop computers, it is rare for all major components to fail, which is different than laptops. The power supply, as an example, tends to be a common failure for desktop computers. These units can additionally be subject to power surges, which can not only weaken, but destroy them.
"With a desktop, by far the most common failure computer repair companies and data recovery services see is power supply failure," said Davies. "Fortunately, these repairs are usually easy enough that almost anyone with a screwdriver can perform them."
In the end, today's computer systems are built to last a lot longer than those even 10 years ago, but maintenance should never be neglected. Part of a smart computer maintenance program also includes, of course, backing up important files. When backups are available, failures won't be so stressful.
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Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.
Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.
Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.
It’s no news that Windows 10 has constant updates. These updates are aimed at fixing errors and issues within. These updates can be minor while others can make major changes in order to give you the best user experience.
Major updates can take time. If you are going to have a busy week, make sure to pause the updates. But always remember to check back for updates.
Have you experienced starting your computer and opening a browser only for it to open slowly (more like lagging) and you having to wait for a good couple of minutes? This is because some applications and programs installed on your computer run right after turning on your computer. This causes lower speed and efficiency.
Another thing you can do is have a Disk Cleanup. This is actually an embedded tool by Windows to help clean out temporary and unnecessary files that can collect in your computer overtime such as thumbnails.
A fast computer is synonymous with faster work done. If you are fixing errors in your computer, remember that your hard drive needs the same treatment as well. For lost data, our team at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html can assist you. Click this link if you are using Mac.
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Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.
One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.
Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.
Meter your WiFi connection. This will tell Windows that your data is limited. And Windows won’t let you update with an unstable or limited connection.
Prevent maintenance from proceeding if the installation hasn’t started yet. Otherwise, don’t. It can harm your computer.
You can also choose to toggle off Windows Updates service.
You can do the same thing for Group Policy.
It can be frustrating sometimes when your computer is having a Windows 10 update while in the middle of a task or two. Everything slows and lags like there’s no tomorrow. But we always have to keep in mind that our PCs and laptops need these updates. And we can always delay them. If your hard drives matter to you, keep them in good health. If you run into problems, seek expert help. They can always aid you.
How To Prevent Windows 10 Updates was initially published on HDRG
In a recent blog post, Irvine, California's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses tips and tricks to free up disk space in Windows 10. A second blog post discusses the Family safety parental controls in Windows 10, a common way to restrict children from reading or viewing adult material. These posts and others demonstrate the company's dedication to customer education particularly when it comes to the Windows 10 operating system, which remains the most popular OS for laptops and desktop computers across North America.
In the post, "Steps On How To Manually Free Some Space In Your Windows 10", HDRG talks about some simple searches any user can do to determine where there are storage shortfalls in the system, which lessens the need for data recovery. By "sorting files by size", as an example, it is quite simple for the average Windows user to simply delete excessively large files, such as video or large photos, and free up a good amount of disk space.
"While using File Explorer is extremely common for heavier Windows 10 users, many folks do not understand that it is the most powerful and transparent way to look at a hard drive available," said Maureen Davies, spokeperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "This is really not that advanced of an application, and it provides more information about a file system that simply is not available elsewhere."
HDRG also references another space-freeing technique in the post, namely to attempt to eliminate programs and games that are rarely or never used. Applications tend to fill the majority of space on a typical Windows drive, and many are installed as a batch or attachment to other programs. As a result, many people do not see how many apps are actually installed and are taking up space. Video games with high definition graphics tend to take up the largest amount of space in this category.
"While a lot of apps are not longer that big of a deal in an era of multi-terabyte hard disk drives, one of the major space hogs tends to be high end video games," said Davies. "Some of these games can install hundreds of gigabytes of space, so if they are not being played commonly, they can virtually take over a hard disk drive."
In a second post entitled "Protect Your Family With Windows 10", Hard Drive Recovery Group describes how to set up parental controls on a Windows 10 machine by setting up individual users. Once individual users are set up, including the "child users", it is very simple to set up controls over access to the web or specific files.
"Although the need to sign into a Microsoft-specific account does create a variety of privacy issues, the exchange is of course that a child will be blocked from viewing adult oriented material," said Davies. "Most parents tend to think that the reward is worth the risk, particularly as children need this protection."
Another excellent feature of Windows 10 enables a parent to limit the amount of screen time a user can have on a machine per day. This is particularly important in a world where children constantly move from smart phone to tablet to PC while avoiding physical activities.
The "recent activities" area of the Family Safety Center provides a great way for parents to monitor exactly what web pages, apps and activities their children are seeing. It's a great way to understand a child's computer usage on a specific level.
"Windows 10's parental features can be particularly key for parents that are not always around," said Davies. "In a society where both parents generally have to work, it's nice to know that Windows is watching your children's computer activities."
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Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.
Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still annoying especially if you are busy with working on a task or several. Getting us informed is well-appreciated. But definitely not when we are sent a ton of notifications.
Thankfully, you can disable them in your browser. Here is a guide to help you go through the process.
For Chrome, the most widely used browser, click the three vertical dots located under the X or close button of the browser.
Once you have a website that you want specifically blocked, locate it in the Allow column, and choose to Block it or Remove it.
For Mozilla Firefox, click the three vertical dots to start.
For Microsoft Edge, first, you need to open the browser and go to the Menu. Unlike Chrome and Mozilla, the menu is signified by three horizontal dots, not vertical.
For Safari, open the browser and open Safari.
Push notifications are good for websites. But for us users, they can be simply distracting. Fortunately, there are ways to manage them in our browsers. However, if you are experiencing issues or problems with your computer, better consult with a professional. Our experts at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/server-recovery/ can help you with all things hard drive and recovery. You may click this link as well, for more info.
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Notifications are there for a reason and that is to let us know of meetings, upcoming events, new emails, installed applications, updates, and more. They help you get more organized and up-to-date. However, if you have been using Windows 10, you’ll know that the notifications can sometimes be overwhelming and distracting.
If you get a lot of emails every day and you have of apps, tendency is that you’ll get a lot of notifications as well. Even clicking an ad through a web page will prompt your anti-virus or web security to tell you not to proceed. Fortunately, notifications can be turned off or managed in the settings.
To turn off notifications, open the Windows Settings.
Click on Notifications and Actions option.
Click the same option under System.
Editing the Quick Actions will let you edit your Action Center. You can remove or add an icon according to your liking.
Turn on or off the toggles that you’ll see in the Notifications.
If there are notifications you don’t want turned off, you can always mute them instead with the help of Focus Assist.
You will see the crescent moon icon that says Focus Assist.
Here you can prioritize, set alarms, and be more specific with time.
Prioritization, organization, and customization can be key to a smooth workflow. Don’t let other issues like storage and hard drive problems get in the way. Visit https://www.harddriverecovery.org/repair-hard-drive.html to know more. This site can also assist you.
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In two of its recent blog posts, Irvine, CA's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses the interesting developments with the USB OTG (or On The Go) flash drive specification as well as how to create a powerful Microsoft account. The posts demonstrate Hard Drive Recovery Group's dedication to customer education, and points out the value of the new USB OTG drive, which can be very helpful to both Android and iOS phone users looking to increase the functionality of their device.
In the post, "Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive", the company discusses how the USB OTG factor supports interconnection between devices, making it a far more powerful version of the USB specification, which typically only had up until now allowed connections via a USB port.
In fact, instead of enabling a single connection, USB OTG does enable the user to connect an unlimited number of peripheral devices when used, including keywords, mouse devices and game pads. This is a virtual game changer for smart phone users.
"With USB OTG, we are finally beginning to see that the desktop computer may be coming to the end as a computing platform, as peripheral use was really one of its final strengths," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group, which does offer USB and flash drive data recovery. "Seeing as smart phone and tablet use seems to increase monthly in the face of desktop use decline, we see this as an acceleration of the trend."
Using a "host" and "slave" system much like older desktop computers using the IDE disk specification, the USB OTG setup allows for any number of peripheral connections. However, it also works as a basic flash drive and can be set up as a host for regular USB flash drives. Additionally, USB OTG drives can typically hold a charge, which enables them to act as an additional battery fail safe for smart phones, which are notorious for running out of battery right when it is most required.
"The USB OTG spec is a truly fascinating one, and certainly is a major advance for USB, especially considering most new benefits tended to be data transfer-speed based," said Davies. "This is still an early adopter product, to be sure, but will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as it matures."
A second blog post entitled "How To Set Up A Microsoft Account", shows more novice users that signing up for a Microsoft Account can provide a reasonable amount of peace of mind, while at least enabling a decent amount of security on Windows devices.
"While this blog post is not going to offer a lot of new information for more advance users, a surprise for many will be that a Windows username and password can be configured on a variety of devices, meaning a user doesn't have to set up an account for each device," said Davies. "This is very convenient, but may create privacy issues for many."
The privacy issues that tend to concern many Windows users were first reported when Windows 10 was first offered. While the operating system was offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8, it does have some rather sinister under-the-hood apps that track computer and web usage. Fortunately, a wide variety of free tools are available on the web to stop these privacy breaches. They can be easily found with a Google Search for "windows spying removal tool".
"While certainly having a Microsoft Account does have some benefits in terms of convenience, a smart user must always remember that in today's Internet world, there is no such thing as 'free'," said Davies. "Always be suspicious if a product is free; it may, like Windows 10, be tracking your every move and violating your privacy on a daily basis."
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