Questions and more questions when HD fails

Kathleen Atkins

When Lounge member IreneLinda’s external hard drive mysteriously began to drop out of action and then back in again, she wrote to the Lounge for advice about diagnostic tools.

In due time, she wrote again, asking for recommendations for new external hard drives. The way of all flesh is a rule of digital life, too. More.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Windows updated against instructions
Word Processing Hyperlinks not working on other computers
Spreadsheets Getting rid of #VALUE error
Databases Access 2010: Error 2105
Presentation Apps No longer able to play PPS file online; must download
Visual Basic for Apps Declare public variable while updating systems
Microsoft Outlook Can’t open .doc file correctly from Outlook 2010
Non-Outlook E-mail Missing e-mail in Hotmail
Other MS Apps Windows Live Messenger loading problem
Windows 8 Editorial: no bias, no evangelism
General Windows Microsoft releases .Net Framework Repair Tool
Windows 7 Desktop and Windows Explorer will not autorefresh; must hit F5
  Office XP won’t print to USB printer in Windows 7
  Help for freezing PC
Windows Vista Event 10, WMI: Can someone please explain?
Windows XP How to install Windows XP on new Win7 computer — or can I?
Windows Servers Windows Server 2003 login unavailable
Internet Explorer IE 9 links display blank tab
Third-Party Browsers New Flash player released for non-IE browsers
Application Servers Exchange 2007 transaction logs not clearing
Networking Strange website failure
Social Media Security hole discovered in application
Software Development
Windows Programming Windows apps spellcheck in webforms
Web Design & Development Need to buy domain name
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes iPod Touch: Automatically copied on texts?
Security & Backups VPNs: How, which, why?
Hardware How to test health of external hard drive
Graphics/Multimedia Winamp version 5.63 closes four security holes
Other Applications “Sticky notes” for desktop

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.