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5 Troubleshooting Hacks for Unbootable Windows 8.1 PC

5 Troubleshooting Hacks for Unbootable Windows 8.1 PC

The day-to-day life and business depends on the security of your data stored on your hard drive and you can’t afford to lose it. Due to physical and logical hard drive failures, data become inaccessible or lost forever.

Get into the habit of taking regular backups as it’s the only possible way of restoring files if the external hard drive or similar storage devices failed. According to stats of Backblaze, small capacity drives will work for longer period of time as compared to large capacity drives such as 4 TB

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First, we will get to know the reasons of external hard drive failures and their symptoms:

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Physical hard drive failures:

When an external hard disk drive malfunctions, the stored information cannot be accessed. This is known as a physical hard drive failure. A head crash is a physical hard drive failure when a read–write head of a hard disk drive comes in contact with its platter. Given below are some symptoms of physical hard drive failures:

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Symptoms:

  1. Non detectable external hard drive by system BIOS
  2. Unexpected slowing down of computer
  3. Frequent occurrence of Blue screen of Death
  4. Accumulation of large amount of bad sectors
  5. External hard drive platters not spinning at all.
  6. Clicking or grinding sounds

Logical drive failures:

These failures occur by corruption of the file system or corrupt directory structure. Sometimes logical damages of the external hard drive can be handled by the computer user if certain precautions are taken. Given below are some reasons of logical drive failures:

  1. File system corruption: This happens if important system files go missing or are somehow damaged.
  2. Virus attacks: Different kind of virus or Trojan have been created to steal important data and abrupt normal functioning of your PC. Virus infection may cause serious damage to your PC and hide or permanently erase stored files.
  3. Master Boot Record Failure: MBR (Master Boot Record) is an integral part of your PC that has important booting instructions and ways how files will be stored. Once the MBR is corrupted or becomes inaccessible, you may not able to access your PC and hence, stored data will become inaccessible.
  4. Non- accessible external hard disk: At times it happens that when you try opening an external hard disk, such as F, the message pops and says, “F: is not accessible, access is denied.”

Other reasons:

  1. Deleting files from external hard disk by accident.
  2. Improper shutdown of the computer if power surge occurs.
  3. File corruption caused by program or software conflicts.

It is not always possible to back up your hard drive. Therefore, to ensure the security of your data, it is required to find good quality data recovery software. Losing files is easy, but to restore them isn’t much harder with data recovery software available online. Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software reconstructs lost files, regardless of whether they are inaccessible due to a crashed hard drive or virus infection.

Steps to do hard disk data recovery with Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software:

  • Connect the external hard drive in the computer.
  • Run Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software.
  • Click Drive Recovery option from main user interface.
  • In ‘Select Volumes to Recover Data’ section, all logical volumes and external hard drives with volume details will be listed.
  • Select the external hard drive from which you want to recover data.
  • A flying pane occurs where the following scanning options are displayed and on clicking on one of these options, you can initiate your recovery:
  • Quick Recovery
  • Deleted Recovery
  • Advanced Recovery
  • Raw Recovery
  • Choose Advanced Recovery and click NTFS to recover data from the external hard drive.
  • Initiate the scanning process.
  • All files and folders that are found in the scanned volume are shown in a three pane structure i.e., Classic tree, Filetype list and Filtered tree.
  • Click a tab to preview a file.
  • You can also rename the file before recovery. Right-click the file and select Rename to rename it.
  • Click Recover.
  • A Select Destination dialog box is displayed. Specify the destination and choose the options as per needed.
  • Click OK to start save process.

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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.

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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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                    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.

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