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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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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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Mobile Phones With Mini Projectors

The technology has so far advanced by reaps and bounds and one area which has not been left behind is the computer industry that is associated with the mobile handset. The mobile innovations have become ceaseless and the advancement in technology has now resulted to the innovations of the mini projectors. If you want to realize a total change when you are travelling then you need to consider owning a mobile phone that comes with the mini projectors. Now you do not have to worry on how to carry 12 pound projector, the mini projectors are portable and can...

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How to Turn Off Mozilla’s Ads for the New Tab Page

It’s been a few months riddled with controversy, tweaking and teasing after Firefox has placed its native ads on the “New Tab” page. Regardless of what you think, they aren’t so bad really. From one’s first impression of these ads, it is clear that they limit the attention drawn to them as much as possible, are labeled with clarity and avoid collecting user data that is personally identifiable. What is also clear is that they have stopped depending on Google, which does collect personal data, and this can only mean a good thing for the future. However, despite all...

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3 Simple Ways to Move Data from Windows XP to a New PC

With support ending for Windows XP as we know it, the only options that you might have include upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 or even Linux. This also means that you might have to move your data, which might seem like a real headache. Actually, nothing can be further from the truth. That said, here are 4 ways to transfer data from Windows XP to a new PC: #1: Cloud-based Storage If you don’t want to spend any money on storage, then you can opt for cloud-based storage that is free of cost. Since there are a number of providers, you can put together almost 50 to 100 GB for all your data that you will have to upload. Of course, if you don’t have the patience of dealing with a number of accounts, you can pay a bit to get extra storage on a couple of these accounts. #2: Flash drive or external hard drive This is the simplest (and most common) method which doesn’t require you to download any software or even run through a particular set of steps to move data either. Plug your external hard drive or flash drive into your system and then transfer files. And while you won’t have to spend much to get external hard or flash drives, the only thing that you will have to deal with is manually selecting...

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