Most new external hard drives available in the market are designed to be plug and play. By plug and play, what I mean is that you can just plug in the hard drive and start using it right away. This is because the manufacturers send the disk initialised and ready to work with the most common operating systems.
The internal hard disks available in the market, on the other hand, require to be prepared before use. By preparing a hard drive, I mean that the hard drive needs to be formatted.
So, how do you format a new internal hard drive and make the hard drive usable by your operating system? The answer depends on which operating system you are using. Today we looking at Windows XP and I will be explaining the steps needed to format new disks under this operating system.
Of course, I’m assuming that you have already attached your disk to your computer and the computer is able to boot up with the older hard disk.
So, once you’ve logged into the administrator account under Windows XP, what you need to do is right click on the “My computer” icon and click on Manage.
This should open the Computer Management tool. Now to view the newly attached disk go to the Disk Management service.
As soon as you click on disk management, a wizard should pop up which will help you to initialize your new disk. At this point, you can just let the wizard do its job and when its done, you should be able to see your new disk in an unallocated state.This does not mean that the disk is bad, but it means that you have successfuly completed the first part of the process and can proceed to the second part.
This is where you need to create a partition, and give your new disk a drive name, like c:, d: etc, so that you can use it under Windows.
The new partition wizard will take you through a series of steps and let you specify the size of the partition (if you don’t want the whole disk to be allocated to a single drive), the drive letter and the file system type. In almost all cases, you can simply chose the default options and let the wizard work its magic.
In the end, you should have a shiny new drive available for storing your MP3 collectionimportant documents.
Lock Down Your Passwords
If someone gets into your accounts whether it's your email or bank account they could steal information, contacts, account numbers, make purchases, sell your information, your contacts, or hijack your email.
Here are some basic guidelines for a more secure password:
Education plays a major role in the human firewall, but you still need a hardware or software firewall. First, don't open suspicious emails, emails with subject lines that contain misspelled words, emails from someone you don't know, even some emails from those you do know. You need to be cautious because your friends could have been infected and their computer might have sent you an email, not them. For example: emails from the IRS. The Government doesn't generally send emails or even have your email address. You should just delete emails from people you do not know, because even just viewing them can cause Malware to run on your computer.
Don't visit websites that your unfamiliar with. You could use a website like www.virustotal.com to submit the URL of the website prior to visiting it.
Why Do I Need Antivirus Software?
Running your computer without antivirus is just asking for trouble. It's a necessity. Yes it may slow things down slightly, but you could potentially get hit with a virus within days of letting it expire or not having one installed. Keep your software up to date, both the program and the definitions. If you've been running the same version for several years its time to download the latest version. For example: don't run the 2009 version because the software companies have improved pieces of the program that can detect viruses that are not in the virus definitions that are released daily.
Security Updates, No Thanks
This is a common response, but it should not be overlooked. Updates play a role on how effective your antivirus software is too. You may have the latest version & still get infected because a security hole wasn't patched. We recommend installing these updates as soon as possible. Microsoft is not the only company, so be sure to install updates from the following as well: Adobe, Java, Firefox, Chrome and Safari etc. Software Manufacturers are constantly providing updates to their software. If you are in an environment with multiple PCs you may consider testing the updates first before installing them. Always have a good backup and/or create a system restore point prior to installing the updates just in case your system has a problem or something stops working after the updates.
Open the Control Panel and Double Click on User Accounts.
Then click on Turn User Account Control on or off?
Approve it one last time.
Uncheck the box and click ok.
Click Restart Now or Later.
Those annoying pop-ups will be gone after a reboot/restart.
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