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  1. For those who might be interested in seeing my...

    For those who might be interested in seeing my disk drive partition table, here is how it looks using the Linux GParted editor:

    38818

    Partitions sda7 and sda8 are the main Linux OS and Linux...
  2. If I had a desktop PC with a quick swap bay, I...

    If I had a desktop PC with a quick swap bay, I would definitely follow your suggestion to experiment with a scratch drive. Unfortunately, swapping drives is a lot more difficult with a laptop. My...
  3. Apparently removing the original Windows 8 WinRE...

    Apparently removing the original Windows 8 WinRE partition is not as simple as just deleting it. As a test, I renamed the partition from WINRETOOLS to WINRETOOLS8, and my PC failed to boot. Putting...
  4. Do I need both Windows Recovery Environment partitions after 8.1 Upgrade?

    When my Windows 8 PC was brand new, the disk had EFI, WINRETOOLS, C, and PBR partitions. After I upgraded to Windows 8.1, I had another, unlabeled, Windows Recovery Environment (WRE) partition in...
  5. Thanks everyone. I followed Jerry's advice, but...

    Thanks everyone. I followed Jerry's advice, but using an existing junk email account. Got into the Store and installed the apps I wanted. The first time I ran each app it asked for my Microsoft...
  6. Will I lose my Local Account if I open a Microsoft Account?

    I recently purchased a Windows 8 laptop which I have since updated to Windows 8.1 Update. When setting it up, I decided to login with a Local Account. I uninstalled most of the Microsoft apps,...
  7. The experience related by bassfisher6522, plus...

    The experience related by bassfisher6522, plus the MS link provided, definitely answer my question. I certainly agree that using a disk image as a recovery point is the logical alternative to...
  8. Thanks, Prescott, for taking a look at Dell. ...

    Thanks, Prescott, for taking a look at Dell. After I installed 8.1 (Update was included) I had to reinstall both Dell Backup and Recovery and MyDell. As I recall, those were the only two apps that...
  9. Will I Get Windows 8 or 8.1 Update If I Restore My System?

    I recently purchased a Dell laptop which was previously in service as a demo at a local chain store. It had been reset to the factory default which was Windows 8. In the process of setting it up, I...
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    I recently helped replace XP with Ubuntu on...

    I recently helped replace XP with Ubuntu on several computers whose resources were scant by today's standards (1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 100GB hard drive.) In every case the 32 bit version of...
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    Thanks for the clarification, Bill. Yes, I would...

    Thanks for the clarification, Bill. Yes, I would agree that rhodie's 50,000 photos, 25,000 documents, and 100GB of music represent a heavy load. My presumption was that he had reached a plateau and...
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    I just checked Walmart.com and noticed they've...

    I just checked Walmart.com and noticed they've put my Acer desktop bundle on "clearance" and lowered the price to $689. If you want one, don't wait too long to place an order.
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    Having previously extolled the Acer bundle...

    Having previously extolled the Acer bundle available from Walmart.com, I'd like to offer a rebuttal to Bill's suggestion that a midrange system may only last 3-4 years. In all other respects, I agree...
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    I recently purchased this desktop bundle from...

    I recently purchased this desktop bundle from Walmart.com:

    Walmart.com: Acer AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC with Intel Core i5-2320 Processor, 8GB Memory, 23" Monitor, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Home...
  15. For those who are following this thread, I...

    For those who are following this thread, I contacted Intel technical support about how to "undo" a RAID configuration. It's actually rather simple. You enter CTRL-I during the RAID POST to enter the...
  16. This morning I moved my new drive from the Quick...

    This morning I moved my new drive from the Quick Swap Bay to the spare slot on the internal 3.5" drive bay. I connected it to the unused yellow SATA port on motherboard. When I restarted my system,...
  17. I looked through all the Intel documentation and...

    I looked through all the Intel documentation and I can't find anything that tells how to "undo" a RAID 1 implementation. I can convert from RAID 1 to RAID 0 or RAID Recovery. Maybe I would need to...
  18. Thanks to both of you for getting me on the right...

    Thanks to both of you for getting me on the right track. As you can probably tell, I'm coming from the older IDE drive technology that used the ribbon cables. Looking through the holes in my side...
  19. The Acer "Easy Swap Expansion Bay" contains a...

    The Acer "Easy Swap Expansion Bay" contains a removeable carrier which holds the hard drive. Acer sells a companion docking station which is intended to be connected to a home theater system. The...
  20. New hard drive not Operating at 6Gbps transfer speed. Why?

    I recently purchased an Acer desktop PC. It came equipped with a Seagate 1TB drive rated at 6Gbps data transfer speed and a 64MB cache. I added a second identical drive using the front loading "Easy...
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    Are All Windows 7 System Repair Discs the Same?

    I have several Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit laptops and one Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit desktop in the family. After purchasing each, I dutifully created a System Repair Disc. As my stack of...
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    Thanks for the quick reply. That's exactly the...

    Thanks for the quick reply. That's exactly the info I needed. Hopefully, MS will eliminate the need for intervening in a later release of MSE.
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    Need Help Getting Scheduled Tasks to Run

    I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials as my AV program. It can be set to initiate a scan at a particular time of day, e.g. at night. However, my PC goes to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity...
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    Thanks again for putting me on the right path,...

    Thanks again for putting me on the right path, Paul. After considerable searching through the various Seagate forum posts, I learned the single step I missed. I had assumed that enabling the NAS as...
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    Need Help Using NAS as a Media Server

    I recently modernized my 20 year old home theater system which now includes a network attached Blu-ray player and a network attached AV receiver. Both devices are DLNA compliant, so I can use them...
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