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File Recovery on Windows Bootcamp Partition

June 24, 2008 by debbie T | ComputersMac CornerWindows on the Mac

I did something stupid this morning. I have no one to blame but myself, even though I would like to blame Apple for making me have such crazy problems w/ my Macbook Pro.

My MBP has been running badly, since my upgrade to Leopard. After setting up at least two prior Applestore Genius appointments, then canceling, I needed to have my MBP looked over once and for all.

Long story short, since I had a Windows Bootcamp installation, I figured I better delete a few of my personal Microsoft Money files from the Windows partition. I emptied the trash, and as soon as I did, I realized that I hadn’t backed up from the last time I worked in Windows.

Oh no! Crap! I took at look at the backup I did have, and it was from over a month ago in May. I worked for 3 or 4 hours about a week ago updating my Microsoft Money files. Oh no! This was bad!

I rescheduled my Apple Genius appointment to tomorrow, and started googling to find a suitable Mac Data Recovery program.

I found Data Rescue II. I downloaded the free demo, and let it scan my Windows partition. Unfortunately didn’t find any .mny Microsoft money files. Data Rescue is $100.

I found another program called Boomerang, and that was priced even higher at $200. I figured that I would install the demo and let it search the partition. Lo and behold, it did find my file, located in /1 Fat32/.Trashes/501/ folder.

Well, okay, this is giving me hope.

Granted, the file wasn’t important enough to pay $100+ but if I could now just somehow restore it using a freeware app, it would save me from having to enter all that data in again.

I launch Onyx so I could change my settings to display all hidden files. Maybe just maybe it would show up as a hidden file on the partition. Nope! I did see the folders .Trashes/501/ but they were empty. Darn!

Let’s think this through. I didn’t want to just willy nilly install a freeware Windows app on the Bootcamp partition for fear that it would overwrite the file I needed to recover.

Then, I had a delightful idea of booting into my old Dell desktop, and attaching my Macbook Pro by USB to see if maybe I could “see” the Windows partition, and therefore run a free recovery program from the Dell. But alas, I didn’t have a USB to USB connector. (note to self: buy a new connector cable from Amazon soon)

Finally, I came upon my solution! Searching for “portable usb data recovery“, I found Recuva – a portable application that could be installed right on a USB key.

And guess what, it worked!

I downloaded the file, saved it on a USB key, then booted into my Windows partition. Once Windows launched, I double-clicked Recuva, and went through the installation process, making sure I installed directly on the USB key.

Then I double-clicked the program to launch, and voila! It found my file in excellent shape, and it recovered it easy as pie!

I am keeping this handy dandy app saved on a USB key just in case it’s needed in the future! whoo-hooo! I am a happy girl!

Upgrading MacBook Pro to Leopard

February 17, 2008 by debbie T | ComputersMac Software

I think it is time. I am ready for the Mac OS X upgrade from Tiger to Leopard. I have my personal files backed up; I have a list of all the applications I need to re-install and the corresponding serial numbers ready to go.

I am excited, and I hope it all goes well. Wish me luck!

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Extra 2gb of Ram for MBP

November 9, 2007 by debbie T | ComputersMac Corner

Oh joy, the 2gb stick of ram I ordered from OWC (MacSales) arrived yesterday. I installed it into my MacBook Pro last night. Installing ram is a tad different than the Powerbook, but still very easy.

Take out battery, remove screws, remove face plate, take out old ram stick, insert new ram stick.

I only had one little glitch. After I installed, I rebooted, and nothing. The light on the front of the Macbook Pro was just sort of flashing three times then pausing. I didn’t panic (not too much) and I hoped it was just badly seated ram. So, I opened the case again, and reseated.

Phew, this time it booted fine.

So, is my Mac faster now, with 3 gb of ram? OH YEAH!!!!~~~

I admit, I haven’t put the MBP through its paces yet, but I can tell you that apps launch so much faster now! I am happy Mac now.

Even though some people sell their old ram on Ebay, I am keeping mine, just in case I need it. Ya never know if the new ram will fail, and also if I need to bring the MBP in for service, I might need the old ram installed.

MacBook Pro – New Ram

November 3, 2007 by debbie T | ComputersMac Corner

I decided I needed more ram, so I just ordered a new 2 gb Ram stick from OWC (Mac Sales) – I checked a few other online stores, and OWC had the best price. Plus I have ordered ram (and other products) from them before, and was very satisfied.

So, I will be sure to post my findings after working with my MBP with 3gb of Ram.

Epson Class Action Suite Payment

May 29, 2007 by debbie T | Printers

For those interested parties, the class action suite against Epson has finally been settled and benefits have been sent.

There were many comments posted on the prior article I wrote, and lots of frustrated Epson users were waiting for results.

Today, I finally received my settlement benefit document, which included a check payment for $25 and a $20 store credit code to be used at http://www.Epsonstore.com.

For those that opted for just the store credit, you should be receiving a full credit of $45. For those that opted for a check and credit, don’t throw away the check stub, it also includes the store credit code.

I just briefly browsed the Epsonstore web site, and nothing jumps out at me; I will probably choose the bright white paper and some photo stickers. I don’t think the credit will affect the shipping charge, only the merchandise charges.

Important to note: The store credit is not active until June 20th.

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Configuring a Linksys Router

April 13, 2007 by debbie T | ComputersInternetWeb DesignWirelessWordPress

(updated 2008-11-9)

My friend Jenn is having a tough time properly configuring her Linksys wireless router, so I told her I would write a tutorial. (waving to Jenn!) Hopefully this will help her, and anyone else in need. I suggest printing this tutorial to follow along easier.

First off, let me state that I am not a security expert, so please take everything in this tutorial with a grain of salt. 😉 My router is a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, and I am using Comcast for broadband internet access. If someone is using DSL or a different router model, then settings might be slightly different.

For lots more information on wireless security, I recommend the podcast “Security Now” with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. Along with the audio podcast, there are also text transcripts for each show. For specific wifi discussion, locate podcasts from 2005 – episodes 10 through 13.

Let’s get started

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Mouse vs Wacom Pen & Tablet

March 28, 2007 by debbie T | Computers

I have been using a Wacom pen and tablet exclusively for about 1 1/2 years (instead of a mouse), and I have noticed a big difference in how my wrists, fingers, arms feel.

Well, now that I am working at a new day job, and using a mouse more, I have noticed the aches and slight numbness in my fingers, wrist and arm are returning. Kind of a bummer, but it proves to me that the pen and tablet is a much safer and ergonomic choice than a mouse.

Now I just have to figure out a way to limit my use of a mouse at work.

Free Storage at Box.net

June 6, 2006 by debbie T | ComputersInternetMac Corner

A couple of months ago, I noticed that Netvibes, my custom homepage, offered an add-on module for box.net. I registered for a the free account which offered 1gb of web storage space. Pretty good! The netvibes module made it easy to access and upload files, so I played around with the account a little, but was a little uneasy with the security.

I felt more comfortable when I found out that box.net offered a 128bit security when logging in on https://www.box.net.

Tonight, I found a great tutorial for Mac users to mount their box.net account in Finder. Check out the tutorial at Uneasy Silence.

I tested it and it works very well. The only difference was I didn’t find a “dav” desktop icon, but it was very easy to log in again using the Go Menu from Finder. I saved the box.net address to my Connect to Server favorites.

Related Links:

* Tuaw

Update: It appears that larger files (huge 100+mb files) are difficult to transfer to box.net account. I am not sure if it is my ISP, box.net, or something else. Smaller files work better, and multiple files work fine as well.

Nosilla podcast: XP on Mac Using Parallels

May 4, 2006 by debbie T | ComputersMac Software

I have enjoyed listening to Allison of the Nosilla podcast discuss her adventures and experiments with Parallels on her new MacBook Pro. Last week, she created a video for the Techpodcast Round Table and was good enough to share it with the rest of us. The video XP on Mac Using Parallels includes installation and some features of Parallels. Besides Windows, she even includes a few tidbits on other installations, like Linux. It can be downloaded from her web site, just right-click to save to your own hard drive.

I just finished watching it, and it is excellent. Parallels isn’t so much of a mystery to me anymore, thanks to Allison and her generous work! I hope she continues to keep us updated with more Parallels news and hey, maybe if we beg her a little, she will even create a follow-up video!

New Apple Ad Campaign – "Get a Mac"

May 2, 2006 by debbie T | ComputersMac Corner

As promised by Steve Jobs at the shareholders meeting last week, Apple released a new advertising campaign and the ads are hilarious!

I can’t decide which is my favorite, but I think I (obviously) love the Viruses one, and the iLife one…gosh I love them all! Very effective marketing.

The two characters are perfectly cast! The PC guy is in a suit and tie, slightly overweight (bloated) and doesn’t appear very comfortable with himself. The Mac guy is cute, young, hip, casual, and confident, without being overbearing or conceited. It’s subtle genius!

Apple has to gain more home users, and these ads are geared towards the typical family with digital photos and movies to share with others or a student that needs to buy a computer safe from viruses and spyware. These ads could certainly convince them to purchase.

Apple created a buzz around the iPod, transforming it into the mp3 player that every one wanted. You weren’t cool unless you had an iPod. Hey, I should know, because that was my first taste of Apple!

And now Apple is trying to create a buzz around their computer systems! Now more than ever, it is the perfect time to do it! PCs have become “dull little boxes” and Macs are just plain cooler!

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