Hard drive fares badly in dust storm

Kathleen Atkins

Under the right — or, more accurately, wrong — circumstances, your computer can suffer from storms in your study.

Lounge member Lynnzer wrote in the Hardware forum about the sad, slow condition of his big, three–hard drive machine. After some discussion of possible power-supply limitations, he got the connection: new carpet and general redecorating (dust everywhere) had maimed his system. His reports on the rehabilitation of his machine serve as a cautionary tale. More.

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Office Applications
General Productivity Removing watermark from PDF document
Word Processing How to update IncludePicture image
Spreadsheets Count IF code for Excel worksheet
Databases DoCmd.Close does not work properly
Presentation Apps Adding text to diagram
Visual Basic for Apps Trouble using GetAddress method
Microsoft Outlook Can’t open .doc file correctly from Outlook 2010
Non-Outlook E-mail Why are e-mails bouncing?
Other MS Apps Want Visio macro to toggle shape angle
Windows 8 Windows 8 Release Preview available
General Windows Adding user group to Remote Desktop Users list locally
Windows 7 Programs sometimes missing in taskbar
  Audio issues after Win 7 reinstall
  Connecting Windows 7 and iPad 2
Windows Vista Looking for Vista product key code in Registry
Windows XP Cloned C: drive boots but isn’t accessible
Windows Servers How to remove computer from domain
Internet Explorer Unable to download any files within browser
Third-Party Browsers Videos not rendering in Firefox 10.0.4 on Win7 Home Premium
Networking Can’t connect to Internet after Windows Updates installed
Social Media How to get rid of Facebook ticker
Software Development
Windows Programming Developing macro for use on an intranet
Web Design & Development Need to buy domain name
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes MS Access for Mac
Security & Backups Imaging hard drive again (and again)
Hardware HD moving upstream in river of molasses
Graphics/Multimedia Burn JPGs to DVD, then use/copy them from DVD later?
Other Applications Auslogics: frightening introduction

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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.