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How to Map a Network Drive

Computers are mostly used on networks these days. In offices, in homes, the trend of office or personal network is increasing day by day. The central computer may not necessarily be a server, but can be a file server to safely hold important information of the users on the network. It is always wise to save your critical information on the sever rather than on the local machine because it could get deleted, stolen, or corrupt on the local machine easily, but on the server it stays safe because of the extra security measures taken to safeguard the server’s data. In such scenarios we get a share drive on the server which is a part of hard drive space on the server allocated to users. This portion or quota of the servers hard drive space is accessible by only the account holder and thus the data kept over there is quite safe, however, the network path to the folder allocated to users is at times quite long and hard to type every time you have to access the folder. Keeping this problem in mind I will discuss a simple way to assign a drive letter to such or any other network path, so that it could be easily accessed from your computer.

Assigning a drive letter to a network path is called as mapping a network drive, and it turns out to be very helpful while you save any file because now instead of opening the entire network path you just have double click on the drive letter and save the work. Let us see how to do the same.

Step 1: Open ‘My Computer’ or Windows Explorer and open the network folder which is assigned to you. It would be starting with some IP address then some sub folders, and then your folder. You will get to see this complete path in the Address Bar of the Windows Explorer or ‘My Computer’ window.

Step 2: Once you see this complete path, click in the Address Bar, select it, and copy the entire path. Make sure that you don’t miss on any back slash and copy the entire path correctly.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Start’ menu. Here you will have an option of ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ depending upon the version of Windows you have. Right click on this option and then click on ‘Map Network Drive’ option in the context menu.

Step 4: This will open the ‘Map Network Drive’ window in which the first option will be to select a drive letter for your network drive. You can select any of the letters.

Step 5: Next box over there is to enter the folder location, so just click on it and paste the path which we already have in computer’s clipboard.

Step 6: Make sure that you select the ‘Reconnect at Logon’ check box so that it connects each time you login and then click on ‘OK’ or ‘Finish’.

Now open ‘My Computer’ window and you will see a new drive letter over there. This drive letter will be the shortcut to your network folder.

How to clean extra files from “My Computer”?

As we use computer we tend to create and delete files on it. Not only we but the computer itself keeps on deleting and creating files on the hard drive. These files are created as temporary files and become unused after the task is over by the processor. Though many times the computer itself erases these files but at times they stay resident on it. Have you ever noticed when we install an application it always extracts some files before continuing with the actual installation and after installation it also shows the status that it is removing the temp files. At times these temp files do not get deleted and thus occupy space on the hard drive. Apart from these reasons there are many other reasons because of which the files which are considered to be useless get saved on the hard drive. These reasons would be the not-permanently deleted files which exist in the Recycle Bin, the old compressed installation zip files, the temporary internet files, the temporary files, the old restore point files, windows paging files, hibernation files, swap files, super fetch files and the list goes on.

Microsoft has always been bundling its cleanup tool with almost every version of windows operating system, and this tool can be used for clearing this junk. Removal of these files is very important because at times the infections are also there in the temp files. Another reason for clearing these files is for freeing up the disk space which in turn can be used for our important data or by Windows itself for its use while operation.

The tool provided by Microsoft is called the Disk Cleanup Tool and can be found in the System tools folder in the start menu. Click on Start menu then open All Programs. In All Programs open the Accessories folder and then the System tools. In system tools along with other tools and utilities you will find the Disk Cleanup tool. In other Windows versions like Vista or windows 7 you can just open the Start menu and type Disk Cleanup and the tool will get listed in the Start Menu. On launching this Tool it asks you to select the drive which requires cleaning. In Windows Vista and Windows 7 it will also ask if you wish you clear unwanted data only from your user profile or from others as well. After making proper selection the tool scans the portion of hard drive and then lists the count of junk files found along with the space being occupied by these files. These junk files are properly categorized like temporary file, installation files, Offline files etc and has check boxes against each category. You can select what kind of files you wish to clear and click on OK. Once you click on OK the process runs in the background and terminates once done.

There are many disk cleaning tools available on the internet but one should run these tools on there own risk as these tools mostly consider your seldom used files as junk files and might delete your important data. It’s always good to use Microsoft made tool on Microsoft Operating systems.

How to Make a New Hard Drive Visible

Have you bought a new hard drive recently and thinking to boot the drive into windows? The most common problem which a user experience is that the drive is not visible in the ‘My computer’. This usually increases the confusion and the user end up going to the shop. The process does not require any advanced knowledge and can be done easily in minutes with a few simple steps.

What to Do?

The process is explained below:

With a right click of the mouse on “My Computer” or a right click on the “Star-Ball” of Vista, an option of ‘Manage’ will be visible. Left click the ‘Manage’ button. The button will lead you to an option of “storage” and later to “Disk Management”.

At the bottom, there will be a tab labeled “Computer Management”. This is where all the hard drives available will be visible. The status of the drive, whether it is active or not will also be mentioned. The hardware that you have recently installed will be marked as “Unallocated”. You might also see ‘offline’ written on the left side. In case you see “offline” written,  it is recommended that you right-click on the box and choose ‘initialize’. After this, the status of the hardware should now show on-line.

The next step is to right-click on the drive with the status unallocated” and click on the option of “New Simple Volume.”

A window will open. Select “Next”. On this window, you will be allowed to adjust the size according to your preference. Usually users opt for the maximum amount. However, if you are interested in smaller drives, then you can edit this value as you desire.

The step is for choosing a drive name and letter. You can select any drive letter and enter any label name that is not in use or not assigned. Click “Next”.

Accept all the default options that pop up on the screen. Check the option of “Perform a quick format.” and keep the box for compressionunchecked. This will prevent your computer from slowing down. The option of compression should always be your last priority. It is because you will not be able to undo the process without reformatting. The best option is to use NTFS. This ensures high security and excellent performance.

In this step, you will name the drive in the “volume label” area if you have not already done so. Click “Next” once you are done.

A summary will be seen on the window. Click Finish. Now go back to “Drive Management” and check the status of your new drive. You will see that it is now available and “healthy”.

Go to “My Computer”. Check if your unused drive is ready to be used.

It is a simple process and keeps you away from many hassles.

How do I Get Pictures from My Camera to My Computer

Digital cameras are one of the most commonly used electronic gadgets nowadays. The camera gives us a lot of flexibility not only while taking pictures, but also for viewing them and further passing it onto others. The photos taken with help of digital camera can be transferred to computer and forwarded through e-mail. This convenience was not in old cameras. The digital photos are soft copies which means on screen and not on paper. This makes it possible for us to transfer the pictures from camera on to a computer. The process of this transfer is the only hitch people have while using digital cameras. This problem comes for people who are not use to use computers. There are several ways of transferring a picture from camera to computer.

Steps to follow for importing the videos and pictures to computer:

1.          Take your camera and connect it with your computer using the camera’s USB port.

2.          Now finally turn on your digital Camera.

3.          Click the Import pictures and videos using Windows option appearing in the AutoPlay box.

4.          An alternate option: You can easily tag the pictures using the Tag these pictures option box. (Usually, by default this folder name also includes in it the date that the videos and the pictures were imported into your computer.)

5.          Now Click Import. This will open a new window that will show the imported data.

6.          Once you done this correctly the transfer will take few minutes depending on the computer speed.

7.          Once transfer is complete you can access them by going to the file where you have stored them

This process is applicable to all latest computers and cameras. If your computer is not supporting this process try alternate method

The four steps will be the same as previous one

1.      You will see an option of “Open file” click on that.

2.      This will open another window displaying all the pictures.

3.      Select the pictures you want to transfer press right click of mouse

4.      Select option “copy” or “cut” depending upon you want to keep them in the camera or no.

5.      Once you selected and copied pictures, open or create folder where you want to store the photos.

6.      Once in the right folder press right click again on mouse and select option “paste”.

7.      This will paste all the pictures in the respective folder.

These were the two basic ways of transferring pictures. There are several other ways like, inserting memory card of the camera in computer and then following the steps 1 to 7 from the above mentioned method. Wireless transfer is also a possibility which can be through Bluetooth, infrared, etc. the problem with the latter two ways of transfer is that your camera and computer should have the required features to follow the activities during transfer. For memory card transfer method the computer should have an inbuilt card reader or an external device which can be commented and used as the same. The wireless one needs those facilities in both computer and camera.

How to Fix Windows Defragmenter If It Stalls

When you are using a computer for some time and are creating/deleting files, the files tend to interchange and as a result, the computer will slow down. Also, some of your programs will not run or will give different error messages and will stall when you are running them. When you run programs such as videos, the data will buffer for longer times pausing the video from time to time.

When you run defragmenter programs, they arrange files in the proper order to enable them to be located easily on the computer. Also, they bring down the blank spaces between files rendering more blank spaces in a disc. Sometimes when you run the defragmenter it might stop in between. What can you do to get it running again? The following are some clues to get it going once again.

  • When your defragmenter is stalled, the first thing you can do is switch off the computer and restart it. While the system tray is loading, you must not open any programs.
  • Disabling the screen saver also will help. To do this, go to Start and then to Control Panel. Select Display and double click on the icon. The Display window will open. Next, select the screen saver tab present there. Go to screen saver and select none. This will prevent the stalling of the disk defragmenter due to automatic opening of the screen saver, which occupies a significant amount of space.
  • One preventive measure to avoid defragmenter stalling is to correct bad sectors, files and folders before running the disc defragmenter. You need to open “My Computer” and then right click what you are trying to defragment. From the menu, find the scan disc facility. Sometimes it will appear as “scan with”… followed by the name of your antivirus program. Scan your computer and the program will find any problems existing with your files and will correct them. Doing this will prevent the stalling of the antivirus program on most occasions.
  • Perform the disc clean up before disc defragmentation. When the list of items for deleting is shown, delete only the items that you can afford to delete.
  • To start defragmentation you must go to the Start button then to “All Programs”. Select system tools and go to disc defragmentation. Click on the item and your disc defragmentation will start.
  • The progress of disc defragmentation will be shown on the screen. Once the defragmentation is finished, close the program.
  • In case the disc defragmenter stops while running and doesn’t respond, press control – alt- delete buttons simultaneously. The task manager window will open. Find if there are any other programs that are not respondin and close them by selecting “End Task”
  • Running several programs at the same time is one of the reasons for the disc defragmenter to stop while running.

Arranging files and getting maximum use of the disc space has definitely become easier with the disc defragmenter.

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