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Mon
13
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: WD My Book Read Only (Remove Write Protect)

Infopackets Reader Larry O. writes: " Dear Dennis, I don't know what's going on but all my files on my external western digital 'My Book' are marked as ' READ ONLY '. I have tried formatting the My Book drive using File Explorer, but it tells me the ... drive is write protected. I have looked but there is no tab or switch on the USB drive to unlock or disable the write protect . I have also tried formatting the drive with Windows Disk Management but it fails. Also, if I right click the drive partition in Disk Management, the delete option is missing. I am at a complete loss. I have searched for ' ... (view more)

Thu
09
Aug
John Lister's picture

EU Wants to Ban Apple Lightening, Quick Charge

Officials in Europe want all phone companies to use the same technology for charging mobile devices. If the rules go ahead, it could mean Apple has to ditch its custom 'Lightning' port, and Qualcomm's 'Quick Charge' (used by Android devices). The ... European Union is running an "impact assessment study" to decide whether to push the policy and if so, whether to seek a voluntary agreement or impose rules. If it opts for the latter, manufacturers might decide it is easier to use the relevant charging port format worldwide rather than make specific handsets for Europe. (Source: independent.co.uk ) ... (view more)

Fri
15
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Step-by-Step: Fix 'I/O Device Error' (Hard Drive, SD Card, etc)

Infopackets Reader Greeshma N. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an external hard drive that has worked fine for years. Now the hard drive won't show up in My Computer, though it shows up under Devices and Printers - very strange! I have tried ... initializing the disk from Disk Management, but it won't format and I keep getting ' The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error '. I have tried cleaning up the disk by deleting items but it shows 0 bytes free and keeps giving me 'The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error'. What can I do to make this work? " My ... (view more)

Mon
19
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Do I need to Reserve Windows 10 to Upgrade (even after a format)?

Infopackets Reader Jeff P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have the 'get windows 10' app on my PC, however, when try and install Windows 10, I get multiple error codes and it won't upgrade my system to Windows 10. Is it possible for me to reformat my hard ... drive, then reinstall Windows 7 (clean), download all my windows updates, then use the Windows 10 media creation tool and install Windows 10 from that? My major concern is that I will lose my reservation for Windows 10 after I format my hard drive. Can I reserve my Windows 10 upgrade again later, especially after I format my hard drive? " My ... (view more)

Fri
20
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

UDF vs ISO: Why won't my CD-RW work in Another PC?

Infopackets Reader Philip S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I use Windows XP and I often write my data to CD-RW (CD rewritable) discs. The problem is that some computers won't read the discs that I've created, whereas others will. I'm pretty sure the ... problem has to do with the format I'm using when I create the disc, but I'm not sure how to tweak the settings so that the discs are compatible on all computers. I am currently using Windows XP and Explorer to write the discs, using UDF format. Any ideas? " My response: You're correct -- the problem is with the UDF disc format and / or the way that you ... (view more)

Fri
16
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Download and Save Emails to USB Drive?

Infopackets Reader 'ltb223' writes: " Dear Dennis, Is it possible to download all my email messages from my computer to a CD or a thumb drive so I can read them later? If so how do I go about it? My email account is with gmail. Thank you. " My ... response: There are a number of ways to go about downloading and archiving email messages (whether it's gmail, hotmail, aol, or yahoo); in general, there are two main ways to achieve this: you can either export emails via web interface if your email service supports it, or export emails using an email client if you use pop3 or imap to connect and read ... (view more)

Fri
07
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Best Way to Reinstall Windows, User Data, Patches?

Infopackets Reader 'rseal54' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a 6 year old Gateway computer with Windows Vista operating system and Service Pack 2 installed. I have a question regarding reinstalling Windows; I want to save all my data and installed ... programs to an external hard drive, then do a clean reinstall of the operating system. Is it possible to reinstall Vista with all the latest updates [automatically applied during the reinstall without using Windows Update]? Also, how do I get back all the items that were saved on the external hard drive? " My Response: That's an ... (view more)

Fri
08
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'FirefoxDownloadsView 1.37', and 'Format Factory 3.2.1'

FirefoxDownloadsView 1.37 Use this utility to track the downloads made using your Firefox Internet browser. The utility creates a unique list showing you the download URL, download filename, file size, start and end time, download duration, and ... average download speed for each of your Firefox downloads. http://www.nirsoft.net Format Factory 3.2.1 This easy-to-use media converter allows you to easily convert most video, audio, and image formats. You can also use this program to shrink files, repair damaged video and audio files, and customize image files (rotate, zoom, flip, etc.). http://www. ... (view more)

Thu
05
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

'HTML Coder 3.3', and 'Format Factory 2.96'

HTML Coder 3.3 This free program is a great help in creating simple but effective web pages. With HTML Coder, users can publish textual information and images, upload both music and video files. Users can also set the colors of their text, the ... headings, background, and even the width of the images. Other programs can do more with HTML pages, but you'll search far and wide to find anything quicker, simpler, and easier. http://www.sigord.co.uk Format Factory 2.96 Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter for Windows computers. Once you've got this software working for you, it is able ... (view more)

Mon
03
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.12', and 'AppCleaner 1.5'

HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.12 This HDD Low Level Format utility is free for home use. It can erase and Low-Level Format a SATA, IDE, SAS, SCSI or SSD hard disk drive. It will also work with any USB and firewire external drive enclosures as well as ... SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash media. http://hddguru.com AppCleaner 1.5 AppCleaner Freeware removes obsolete files on your computer including temporary files, history, cookies, internet logs and many more from 550 software programs. It optimizes computer performance and is small, easy to download and 100% free of unwanted toolbars or adware ... (view more)

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