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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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