Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!


If you have a large digital music collection then you’ve probably realised at one time or another that it would probably be difficult to recover if anything were to happen to your computer.

Sure, you can make local backups onto external hard drives and the like, which is fine. Until your house burns down. You could also use a cloud based backup service such as Carbonite or Dropbox but they cost money! (Unless your music collection is less than 2GB, you could use the free edition of Dropbox). Continue reading “Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!”


The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.

The terms ‘sleep’ and ‘hibernate’ used in the tech sense aren’t really self-explanatory┬áso you may be forgiven for not actually knowing what is going on when you put your PC or laptop into one of these states. Many notebook computers enter sleep mode automatically when left idle for a defined amount of time. Continue reading “The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.”

Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!

Today I was fixing up a laptop for a friend. It was an Acer Aspire 6930 running Windows Vista Home Premium (x86), it appeared that the MBR (Master Boot Record) needed repairing. So using the Vista Recovery CD I was able to use the BOOTREC /FIXMBR and BOOTREC /FIXBOOT commands. Unfortunately that didn’t solve my problem and I needed to access the laptop’s recovery partition, which you would normally get to by holding Alt and pressing F11 during boot up (other laptops have similar key combinations) but I think because I had mucked around with the boot record that the Alt + F11 shortcut was no longer functioning. Continue reading “Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!”

Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method

Today I was in a bit of a pickle. I needed to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to use the ‘fixboot’ and ‘fixmbr’ commands on a PC that I was repairing but I didn’t have an XP CD handy that included the recovery console. Microsoft provide a utility to make a set of 6 floppy disks to do the job but who uses those anymore? Luckily Dean Adams over at ‘Proposed Solutions’ has come up with a very tidy way of getting to the Recovery Console using two simple bootable ISO images (One is XP SP1 and the other is XP SP2, I am not sure what the difference is but I used the SP2 image). Continue reading “Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method”