How to properly dispose off your hard drives

Data is valuable. Your pictures, legal documents, chat logs, and even saved video games are all things you wouldn’t want to be public. Today, people generally go to great lengths to protect data, but devices age and don’t last forever. When we need to replace them, we often don’t think about what happens to the data that is still on the drive, and how people might be able to access it. Most computers have a...

MS-DOS: Need to know Part 2

So to read a file you first find its name, MyLetter say, in the root directory. You then know the number of the first block that it uses to store data – block 05 say. You can now read block 05 and process the data it contains.

MS-DOS: Need to know Part 1

Now that Microsoft has open sourced MS-DOS it’s a good time to look at filing systems, blocks and the FAT and how they are used. Let’s explore the basics of a DOS – Disk Operating System. There is a big problem with disk drives. No, not the constant running out of space that we used to suffer from, but the deeper computer science and engineering problem of actually making them useful at all. We are...

Convert FAT32 to NTFS Without Formatting or Losing Data

You have a flash drive or probably an external hard drive that currently has FAT32 file system and you want to change it to NTFS, because FAT32 does not support handling large files (over 4GB) or it is just simply old for your taste but there is just one problem, you don’t want to lose your saved data. This article is for you then as it explains exactly how you can achieve seamless transition from...

How to make a drive bootable

There are many ways to create a bootable USB drive, In this tutorial I will be teaching you how to use this powerful software (RMprepUSB) to make all drives bootable. 1.Open the app ( rmprep USB) 2.Under the volume label name it Windows OS or any preferred name. 3. Under the 3 boot option choose winPEv2/WinPEv… Its the first option there 4 under file system and overrides select*Fat 32*Boot as HDD*Force use of LBA calls...

Fix Error 3FO; Boot Device Not Found

On one faithful morning after a hot refresh, headed straight to my electeonic notebook. I dangled my finger onto the power on button and gave it a gentle squeez. The usual ritual of POST was initiated so I laid back for a refreshing swipe on my smartphone. An awful look starred me in the face with which the last six words read; ” BOOT DEVICE NOT FOUND (3FO) “ What!, I said. Then reached out to...