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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 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

    Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

    Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

    1. Lumosity

    This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

    Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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      2. Fit Brains Trainer

      This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

      Free.

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        3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

        Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

        First four games free, then $13 a month.

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          4. Brain Fitness Pro

          The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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          Buy for $3.99.

          5. Happify

          If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

          Free to use.

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            6. Clockwork Brain

            You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

            Free.

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              7. ReliefLink

              Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                8. Eidetic

                Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                  9. Braingle

                  Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                  Free.

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                    10. Not The Hole Story

                    If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    Free.

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                      11. Personal Zen

                      This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                      Free.

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