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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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                            Published on October 16, 2018

                            7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                            7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                            There’s nothing more fulfilling than the sense of accomplishment you get by achieving your business goals.

                            Gone are the days when you used pen and paper to take notes and manage your work day. As millennials are relying heavily on technology to manage almost everything from finances to their personal fitness, goal tracking apps are also becoming increasingly popular.[1]

                            In this piece, we will shed some light on 7 such goal tracking apps that you can use to streamline your operations.

                            I have handpicked these apps from a software rating web services site Best Online Reviews. Industry experts review software on these websites and help businesses to find the right solutions to meet their various, unique business requirements.

                            1. Aha!

                              Aha! is a California-based roadmap software provider and offers excellent goal tracking app that lets you define goals and objectives for projects. The app also lets you list out primary tasks and allows you to focus on them.

                              Hosted securely on the cloud, the app offers enhanced communication tools for sharing updates through emails with select colleagues or the entire organization.

                              Aha! is available on multiple platforms such as the web, Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and starts from $59 per month per user.

                              Available for Web

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                              2. Asana

                                Asana is one of the more popular project management apps available for businesses. It lets you organize all your team’s work, such as setting up and tracking goals, creating tasks, sharing files and notes, etc.

                                Asana also allows your team to organize all their tasks and focus on urgent priorities. Moreover, the app offers a delightful user experience that makes task management simple and easy.

                                Asana is available on multiple platforms from PCs and Mac to iOS and Android. Multi-channel adaptability makes Asana the perfect choice to track your goals anytime, from anywhere.

                                Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                3. Basecamp

                                  Basecamp is an excellent tool to manage all your team’s projects and keep your activities organized. It opens a new thread for every task and that task is visible by the whole team.

                                  With Basecamp, you can schedule tasks, add to-dos, discuss tasks by adding comments, add files and attachments, and much more.

                                  The app is available on both mobile and desktop platforms and costs $99 per month. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS platforms and offers excellent multi-channel access.

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                                  Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                  4. Forecast

                                    An efficient tool for successful task management, Forecast is also a popular goal tracking app. Apart from effective milestone tracking, the app also offers convenient status reporting.

                                    Forecast uses project history to let you know the status of your current work. Moreover, it uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide high-quality assistance. It is a robust app for small teams to track goals and time.

                                    Forecast is available for free and comes with Android and iOS app support. The premium version of the app starts from $19 per month per user.

                                    Available for Web

                                    5. Wrike

                                      Wrike is a cloud-based collaboration and project management app that successfully manages projects from start to finish. It lets you create tasks, track work progress and retrieve reports with ease.

                                      The app also gives real-time work updates and helps team members to understand their work priorities. A custom report builder helps you to generate in-depth reporting.

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                                      Wrike’s premium version is available from $9.80 per month per user and is available on multiple platforms.

                                      Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                      6. Todo.vu

                                        Todo.vu is a unique platform that delivers enhanced customer relationship management (CRM), task management, time tracking, and billing functionality in a single app.

                                        According to Capterra, it’s an ideal app for freelancers and consultants, who are looking for tools to improve efficiency and transparency.

                                        Although the app is free to use with basic features, the premium plan starts from $5 per month per user. The app also comes with calendar sync and task reminder functionality to keep you on track, always.

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                                        7. Flock

                                          Looking for a tool to simplify task management? Try out Flock.

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                                          Flock comes with enhanced goal tracking and additional features like instant messaging.

                                          Moreover, Flock offers tons of integrations with tools such as Google, MailChimp, Jira, Dropbox, etc. It is a powerful tool that’s packed with robust features such as reminders, notes, polls and to-dos.

                                          Even though you can use the tool for free, the paid version of Flock is available from $4.50 per month per user.

                                          Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                          Conclusion

                                          Businesses need high-quality project management tools to streamline collaboration and operations. Enhanced goal tracking apps make it easy for your team to improve productivity by keeping its tasks organized.

                                          But it’s essential that you choose an app that meets your unique business requirements. You can choose from the above-mentioned apps to streamline operations and improve the productivity of your team.

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