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    I simply meant having two File Explorer Windows...

    I simply meant having two File Explorer Windows open at the same time - for copying or moving files from one drive to another. They barely fit unless you re-size them.

    Thanks for the tip about...
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    Windows Visual Design

    I don't know if anyone has commented on this issue, but it has become increasingly noticeable to me - and irritating. Current Windows visual design uses _lots_ of blank space. Compared to what used...
  3. Yup - shutting down the PC and then disconnecting...

    Yup - shutting down the PC and then disconnecting the USB cables from the drives that keep spinning causes them to immediately spin down. The PC is maintaining the USB connections in some way even...
  4. Thanks for the power strip recommendation - I...

    Thanks for the power strip recommendation - I will give that a try.

    As to my expectation that the drives would spin down, well, I have external USB drives that _do_ spin down, and my Macs power...
  5. Hybernation is turned off and has been for quite...

    Hybernation is turned off and has been for quite a while. I was having boot problems with it turned on.

    I am not inclined to mess with the UEFI settings - as everything is running fine now.

    I...
  6. External USB3 Drives Don't Turn Off When PC is Powered Off`

    I had posted earlier about my external drives going to sleep (Power Settings were set to sleep after 60 minutes) even when a (large) file copy was running. I got helpful responses about what was...
  7. I was referring to the built-in NTFS "compress"...

    I was referring to the built-in NTFS "compress" option. I know that it is not as efficient as the ZIP or other specific compression tools - but it is easy to use (just check compress in the...
  8. Thanks for the explanation of what is going on...

    Thanks for the explanation of what is going on and a possible work-around. I have just disabled the disk sleep option. Most of the time I am active on my PC when it is running and I turn it off...
  9. Power Management in Win8.1 (Hard Disks)

    I have had my control panel advanced power management scheme set to turn off hard disks after 60 minutes of inactivity. I think "inactivity" means no user keystrokes or mouse actions. I have been...
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    The problem with these procedures is that they...

    The problem with these procedures is that they may discover "errors" - but you have to know what they mean and how to fix them if they are important. For example, I ran the sfc /scannow process on...
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    Office 2013 Pro Click To Run Install

    My version of Office 2013 Pro installs as a "click-to-run" application in which all updates are done silently in the background. (I got the software via the Microsoft Home Use Program through my...
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    Event ID 41 Kernel-Power

    I am getting these critical errors pretty consistently on my Win864 (8.1U) system now. The Event Log has the following information about the event:

    "Event ID 41 Kernel-Power. The system was...
  13. Thanks. I suspected that recimg was not...

    Thanks. I suspected that recimg was not capturing the data. I think that was not made clear in Fred's original article.

    I have looked at a lot of the forum comments about image backup software. ...
  14. Windows recimg limitations vs. alternatives

    Fred Langa had an article a while ago in which he recommends using the built-in recimg program to create a custom image that can be used to restore your boot drive without loosing desktop...
  15. I want to thank you both for helping with this. ...

    I want to thank you both for helping with this. I think the issue is with the crazy partitions on my C: drive, but I have to address that very carefully. I do have another clone solution (Farstone...
  16. Yes - it completed without error. David

    Yes - it completed without error.

    David
  17. I followed Fred's instructions exactly. I...

    I followed Fred's instructions exactly.

    I created the custom image: recimg /createimage D:\RefreshImage
    I created a folder off root on my C drive: C:\Win8-Recovery
    I copied the image to the...
  18. I have a copy of EaseUS Partition Manager and it...

    I have a copy of EaseUS Partition Manager and it shows that my boot volume is C: Here is what I see:

    Disk1 (GPT)

    File System Capacity Used ...
  19. I checked and my boot files are in C:. I do have...

    I checked and my boot files are in C:. I do have a second internal HD (D:) and a bunch of external USB drives which are always connected and running.

    When I run BCDEdit it shows the Windows Boot...
  20. If the option to copy the image is not checked, I...

    If the option to copy the image is not checked, I can see all my USB drives - up to 2TB in size - along with the USB Flash drive too.

    I do have a (300MB) partition called Windows RE Tools on my C:...
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    Fred describes a procedures to create a recovery...

    Fred describes a procedures to create a recovery drive that includes a custom recovery image created with the recimg program. I have followed the instructions, but when the option to "Copy the...
  22. Thanks. What you suggest is what I already have...

    Thanks. What you suggest is what I already have set up - but Fred's article was interesting in that I could have the boot recovery software and my custom restore image on the same drive.

    My...
  23. Langa - Recovery Disk with Custom Recovery Image

    In the last Windows Secrets newsletter, Fred Langa described the procedures to create a recovery drive that includes a custom recovery image created with the recimg program. I have followed the...
  24. No KB 2919355 (or KB 29390876) Offered In Windows Update

    I have a Win8.1 system and when I go to Windows update, I don't see with the 8.1 Update offered or its service stack update that is required to do the update. I just applied a number of other...
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    UAC For Startup Program Samsung Magician

    I have a PC with a Samsung SSD as my boot drive. Samsung installs a "Samsung Magician" program that starts when the system boots to Windows. I have Win8.1/64 and every time the Magician program...
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