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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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    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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