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Your PC’s hard drive – Is it wearing out?

The hard drive inside your computer, which you may know as “the C drive” stores your Windows setup, all your programs and (usually) all your files. This is what it looks like:-

hard drive - whats inside

So if it starts to become faulty, your computer will become very sluggish – but at this point your data is generally still safe.

So I recommend you take a few minutes to download and install Acronis Drive Monitor, a FREE utility which will assess the health of your hard drive – and alert you as and when it starts to develop any problems. Download your copy here

ADM

This early warning should prevent your drive becoming seriously faulty – at that point your data is at risk – and you may have needed to consider using a specialist to recover the files.

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Excel – How to split a column in 2 or 3

Do you have a column containing a full name, like this:-

Before

….that you’d prefer to have separated into first and last name ?

It’s very simple to separate them using a few steps in Excel. Here’s how:- Read the rest of this entry

Using Excel’s Autofill feature to save time

If you need to fill in a range of headings, or a column of data, Autofill can really save you time. It can be used for consecutive numbering, days of the week, months of the year, years (such as 2014, 2015 …..) and much more. As long as you have at least the first 2 entries, Excel can generally guess how to continue the series.

Here’s an example of how you begin:-

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Your mobile phone – is it backed up ?

phone backup

A recent backup will ensure you won’t lose your valuable address book and photos, etc.

Many phones, like the iPhone shown above, can backup to a PC using iTunes and a USB cable …. others require their own software (often downloadable from their website)

Many Android devices (and my own Blackberry) can backup to “the cloud” so you don’t even need to be near a computer (great if you’re travelling!)

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