Call it unreliable: your precious hard drive

Kathleen Atkins

“I think my HDD is going bad,” says Lounge member Look — which isn’t nearly as grim a statement as “I think my HDD is dead!”

It pays to watch, not wait, for failure of your hard drives because you remain vigilant about backing up your data. Look acquired a hard-drive monitor, using advice from fellow Lounge members. See what they recommended.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Office 2010 vs. Office 2013
Word Processing How to format booklet in Word 2003
Spreadsheets Using Excel to find trends and patterns for problem management
Databases Error: Method ‘FullPath’ of object ‘Reference’ failed
Presentation Apps Changing all caption fonts in a photo album
Visual Basic for Apps Visual Basic disabled in Office 2013
Microsoft Outlook How to find Office 2007 product key
Non-Outlook E-mail Windows Live Mail freezes in Windows 8
General Windows Creating sequentially numbered folders
Windows 8 Windows 8 shutdown problem
Windows 7 Problem with network sharing: Win 7 and XP
  Odd occurrence with missing files
  How to install old scanner on Win7 machine?
Windows Vista New to Lounge; need help with Windows Update
Windows XP Can’t reformat with XP; computer not reading CD
Windows Servers Error message: No trust relationship
Internet Explorer Internet connection problem in Windows 8
Third-Party Browsers JPG file downloads vary
Networking Bad Internet problems
Social Media New date for end of Messenger
Software Development
Windows Programming Installing Visual Studio Express versions
Other Technologies
Security & Scams Ranking and reviews of free antivirus/anti-malware software
Maintenance Macrium Reflect: Will it do a proper drive clone?
Hardware Need to identify hard drive in error message
Graphics/Multimedia Taming iTunes in Windows
Other Applications Need a hard-drive monitor

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.