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5 Steps to Removing a USB Drive Safely

Unplugging a USB drive before it is safe to do so can result in disaster. Corrupting files is one issue. The USB drive not being usable is the second. If anything, recognizing the importance of removing your USB drive should be understood here. So, here are 5 steps to removing a USB drive safely even Windows tells you that it isn’t: Step 1: Use the Windows’ Remove Hardware Tool Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area. Select your device. Wait until a message pops up which says ‘Safe to remove hardware’. Now, remove the hardware. If it is says ‘Device currently in us’, then move on to Step 2. Step 2: Take An Educated Guess In this case, think about what you loaded from the USB whether it is a portable program, document, photo or any other file. Sometimes the application in which you might have opened a file might still be hanging on to it. So, close that application and try again. Also, check both the Applications and Processes tabs in Task Manager to see if anything is hanging on still. Step 3: A Third-Party Utility Might Be Useful One example is USB Safely Remove which replaces the Windows Safely Remove tool. Only difference is that if it can’t remove the USB safely, it tells you which program is causing the trouble. It costs about...

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3 Tips to Increase Your Chromebook’s Battery Life

Given that Chromebooks employ a less resource-intensive operating system, the battery life is so much compared to Macbooks or even PCs with Windows. However, there are other tweaks that can be made so as to ensure the battery last even longer. Having said that, here are 4 tips to increase your Chromebook’s battery life: #1: Reduce the number of Chrome tabs The more number of Chrome tabs you have open, the more it reduces battery life. Keeping fewer tabs open will ensure that it lasts longer, of course. In order to do this, right-click your mouse on a browser tab and ‘Close other tabs’ or two finger-press the trackpad for the same thing. #2: Turn off Wi-Fi Even if it’s a Chromebook which depends heavily on the internet, turning off the Wi-Fi can help save battery life especially you’ve got very little to go on. Apart from this, you can also perform a number of tasks offline such as Gmail, Google Docs among a host of other apps that are available. Of course, you turn on Wi-Fi again, these services will sync with Google’s servers. #3: Turn off Bluetooth It makes no sense keeping this service on if you aren’t using it. For this, navigate to Settings>Advanced Settings in the Chrome options menu. After this, scroll down to the Bluetooth section and then uncheck the box. Of course, you...

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What You Need to Know About Sync & Storage and Backup Services

  Article written by Techicated, technology news & resources For those who aren’t aware of the difference between backup and sync & storage services, it’s true that they’re both cloud-based services but they’ve been created for different purposes. While both these services will back your files in a protected environment and they can be accessed from anywhere, there are certain differences that make each of them unique in their functions. While sync services such as Google Drive and Dropbox require you to upload all files to one folder while backup services allow you to upload files into separate folders if...

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What You Need to Know About Multiple Desktops and the Workspace Switcher

Article written by MobaProject, Mobile phone news and reviews A wonderful feature of Linux has been the use of virtual (and multiple) desktops. This is something that Windows users have never had the privilege of using for some time now. Of course, with this feature being added to Windows as well, it’s surprising to see that it is being removed from a number of Linux distributions. So, here how you can activate it for your use, if you consider it necessary: Firstly, you have to look for the Workplace Switcher, which is a series of grid or rectangles, and...

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What You Need to Know About Changing Your Default Search Engine

  Article written by Expert Fortrant, latest information about software and pc programs Google doesn’t have to be the search engine of choice when it comes to your Android phone. Reason being: if you are currently using Google Launcher, then there’s a clever way by which you can use DuckDuckGo, Bing or even search directly when using Firefox. Speaking of the Google Now Launcher, which works on Android devices using 4.1 Jelly Bean or above. All you have to do is hold the home button while swiping up to go into Search. Usually, the action on your device to...

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