Managing project tasks in email is unproductive. So I figured out how to convert or export my Outlook email message to MS Word.
I hope your new year is going well. Mine is off to a running start. I just had to deal with a potential hard drive/computer crash. It didn’t happen, thank God, but it could of.
Last week I heard a clicking noise in my computer and it wouldn’t shut down correctly. This clicking sound is usually associated with the read/write heads of your hard drive. I was right and I scared myself into purchasing a new Seagate 250GB hard drive. I chose Seagate because it is not a Maxtor, the clicking drive, or a Western Digital, which failed on me twice. Seagate also offers a 5 year warranty and by the time 5 years is up, I’ll have to get another drive anyway.
I spent most of my week and weekend preparing for the reinstall of all my files, operating system and applications. Good thing I prepared because the install went without a hitch.
The reason why I’m telling you this story is:
- If you hear a clicking sound in your computer immediately get a new hard drive, no questions asked. It only cost me $100 for 250GB of space. That’s less than $.50 a gig.
- Maximum PC, a magazine I subscribe to religiously, helped me out immensely. Usually each issue has some kind of “How To” article or review on the latest components. The “How To” articles that came in handy for me were: “Upgrade Your Hard Drive, Step by Step”, “Slipstreaming Windows XP” and “Installing WinXP â€“ The Right Way”.
Mike Swartz says, “Check ’em out.”