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Help. I Deleted My Homework! How to Recover Lost Files Quickly

Help. I Deleted My Homework! How to Recover Lost Files Quickly

Whether you are taking homework to school, or important business files back to the office, the humble USB thumb drive is a potential lifesaver. But what happens when you accidentally delete your files from the drive? Are they gone forever? Imagine this:

You’ve done your homework–a short story set in your Minecraft world–and it’s due today. You copy the document over to your thumb drive ready to print off at school. You triple check to make sure the file is on your memory stick before heading off to school:

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Picture of the file system showing homework document

    As expected, everything is where it should be. But when you get to school…

    Picture of the Finder window showing that the homework file is missing

      …the file has disappeared.

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      The good news is that just because you cannot see the file, doesn’t mean that the information isn’t still there somewhere. This guide will show you how to use Kroll Ontrack EasyRecovery Home to recover lost files from your thumb drive.

      Before going any further, you will need:

      • Your USB drive.
      • A PC or Mac on which to work.
      • A copy of Kroll Ontrack EasyRecovery Home data recovery tool–you can download a free trial copy from the Kroll Ontrack website.

      The file recovery process will take about 30 minutes depending on how ‘big’ your thumb drive is.

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      1. Plug your thumb drive into the computer and fire up the EasyRecovery software. Click Continue on the welcome splash screen:
        Picture of the Kroll Ontrack file recovery splash screen
        • From the Choose media type screen, select Memory Device and click Continue.
          Picture of the Choose media type selection screen
          • On the Select Volume to Scan screen, you will see a list of removable drives connected to your computer. Select the one that matches your thumb drive. Then click Continue.
            Picture of the Select Volume to Scan screen
            • EasyRecovery needs your permission to perform a low-level disk analysis. When prompted, enter your password and click OK, then Continue.
              Picture of the logon prompt
              • On the Choose Recovery Scenario screen, select Deleted File Recovery and click Continue. In most cases you will not need to adjust any of the other settings on this screen.
                Picture of the Choose Recovery Scenario screen
                • You will now see the Check Your Options screen where you can confirm your settings. If you need to change anything, click Back. Otherwise, click Continue.
                  Picture of the Check Your Options screen
                  • EasyRecovery will now scan your USB drive, looking for deleted files. The process may take a while, so be patient!
                    Picture of the file recovery progress barOnce the scan is complete, click OKPicture of the File Recovery Scan Complete message box
                    • You will now see the Save Your Files screen that will allow you to access the files recovered from your thumb drive. At first, you will probably not recognise many of the files and folders listed.
                      Picture of the Save Your Files screenHowever, you can quickly find what you are looking for simply by typing part of the file name into the search box in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Remember that your lost file was called ‘Minecraft Mischief home work.doc’? Try searching for the text “minecraft”.Picture of the File Recovery screen after searching for minecraft
                        EasyRecovery will now show you a list of deleted files that have the text “minecraft” in the title. The good news is that you’re nearly finished–you just need to get the file back.
                      • Right-click on the correct file (hold down ctrl on your keyboard and then click the mouse) and select Save and open folder…
                        Picture showing how to save the recovered files
                        • To keep things easy, select your Desktop as the place where you want to save the file, then click Save
                          Picture of the save file destination prompt
                          • EasyRecovery will then let you know that the saving process completed successfully. Click OK.

                          And that is pretty much it. A new window will pop up showing you the desktop and a copy of your deleted file.

                          A picture of the successfully recovered file

                            Now you can print out the document, email it to your teacher, or copy it back onto your USB drive. Hopefully all before the deadline expires!

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                            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                            1. ScheduleOnce

                              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                              Available on Web

                              2. Calendly

                                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                3. Assistant.to

                                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                  Available on Web

                                  4. Acuityscheduling

                                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                    5. Pick

                                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                      Available on Web

                                      6. X.ai

                                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                        Available on Web

                                        7. YouCanBook.me

                                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                          Available on Web

                                          8. Doodle

                                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                            9. WhenAvailable

                                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                              Available on Web

                                              10. Rally

                                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                Available on Web

                                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                  Available on Web

                                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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