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Best Free Disk Repair and Recovery Tool for Windows: Disk Drill

Best Free Disk Repair and Recovery Tool for Windows: Disk Drill

Your hard disk drive should be tested on a regular basis to avoid damages to your system. Hard disks may have been gone through serious issues and often need to be repaired. If not, you can face permanent loss of access to your system or severe data loss. You can use free file recovery tools to get back your data if the disk repair is unsuccessful.

Why is Disk Repair utility needed?

If the system is facing freezing issues or doesn’t respond at all, you should check your hard disk drive for errors and repair it immediately. There are various other causes behind system freeze or hang ups, with corrupt or damaged hard drives being at the top of the list.

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Disk repair utility (Check Disk command) can perform an extensive scan on the hard drive and repair errors it finds during scanning. Microsoft has built in this utility on the OS copy you are using, i.e. Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista.

Repair Disk Using CHDSK utility

You can make use of the built-in disk check utility at no cost and repair disk related errors immediately. It will help you troubleshoot any minor or major system inaccessibility or freezing issues. The whole process doesn’t take more than an hour.

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  • Open ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ if you are using Windows 8 or higher.
  • Right click on ‘C’ drive or the drive where Windows is installed.
  • Choose ‘Properties’ and click on ‘Tools’ tab.
  • Click on ‘Check’ button under ‘Error Checking’ pane.
  • A pop up window will open. Click on ‘Scan Now’ to begin scanning the disk for related problems and fix them.
  • Scanning process will begin and it will ask you to repair the errors, if it finds any.

Repair Disk using Recovery Drive

Users with Windows 8 or higher can create a recovery drive to repair system-related issues or to check their hard disk for errors. Recovery drive or system repair disc lets you boot directly into recovery environment (WinPE) and perform powerful operations like refresh or reset. If you don’t have a recovery drive with you, you can create one using the following simple steps:

Connect any USB drive 4 GB or higher and type ‘Recovery’ in the search text box of Windows 8 metro style interface. ‘Create a Recovery drive’ option will pop up. Click on it and follow simple on-screen steps to complete the recovery drive creation procedure.

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To repair the system using Recovery drive, connect it into the problem PC and restart your PC. Start tapping F8 just after starting your PC and you’ll get into Recovery environment. Click on ‘See Advanced Repair Options’. You will six options on the next screen and the ‘Refresh’ and ‘Reset’ options on the right side. Hitting ‘Refresh’ doesn’t erase anything but will still refresh your system, whereas ‘Reset’ will perform a complete erase and you’ll not find any programs or files once the system is reset.

Recover data using Disk Drill free data recovery tool

If the system doesn’t start or you cannot access the stored data due to a corrupt or inaccessible disk, use Disk Drill free data recovery app to restore files. This is a comprehensive data recovery tool with full capability to recover lost or deleted partitions, backup data into DMG image format, or undelete protected files.

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This data recovery tool is fast at scanning lost or deleted media files and recovering them with their information in tact. It can also recover lost or formatted hard drive partitions using the ‘Deep scan’ option.

Recovery vault keeps track of recently deleted files and folders so you can easily recover them. You can also pause or resume any ongoing scanning to perform recovery at a convenient time.

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    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

    Minimizing Tabs

    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

    Incognito Mode

    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

    Save Webpages as PDF Files

    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

    Open Recently-closed Tabs

    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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    Solve Mathematical Problems

    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

    Play Media Files

    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

    Stay Focus(e)d

    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

    Grammarly for Editing

    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

    Loom

    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

    Chrome Calendar Extension

    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

    Final Thoughts

    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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