Q&A: What’s an EASY way to clone a laptop hard drive?

apricorn-ez-upgrade-hd-kitQuestion from Shelley V.:  Hi Rick. I bought a 1TB hard drive to replace the 320GB drive in my Toshiba laptop.

I read your post about using Clonezilla to clone the contents of the old drive onto the new one, but I know from one of your other posts that I’ll need to buy a SATA to USB adapter too. That all seems like it would be too complicated for me.

Is there a simpler way to do this? I’m a dummy when it comes to computers and I just KNOW I’ll mess something up if it isn’t super easy lol.

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Use natural window light for taking great portraits

window-light-portraitGreat lighting is essential for taking great portraits. That’s why photographic flash and lighting equipment makes up one of the largest segments of the market for photography gear.

One of the best sources of light for portrait photography is absolutely free however, and it’s available virtually anywhere during the daylight hours. It’s natural window light, and it can help you produce some amazing photographs.

Unlike most artificial light sources, sunlight entering through a window pane is simply perfect for portrait photography due to its warmth and moderate intensity. [Continue Reading]

83 of my top Facebook tips, tricks and answers – all on one page!

facebook-logoI’ve posted a ton of Facebook tips and tricks on this blog, and answered quite a few Facebook questions as well. The problem is they are all scattered out across the blog, making them difficult for readers to find in a hurry.

This post will serve as sort of a hub for all things Facebook. If I’ve written a post that’s in any way related to Facebook, you’ll probably find a link to it on this page. With that in mind, here we go… [Continue Reading]

Want to learn how to use Linux? Take the $250 ‘Introduction to Linux’ course for free!

intro-to-linuxIf you’ve been thinking about dipping your toes into the Linux world, now is the perfect time to get started. For a limited time, the Linux Foundation is offering their $250 “Introduction to Linux” course for free!

“Introduction to Linux” covers the basics of the Linux operating system. You’ll learn how to use the GUI (Graphical User Interface) as well as the command line to perform many common Linux tasks. You’ll also get hands-on training in several of the most useful Linux-based applications.

The only prerequisite to taking this course is basic familiarity with computers in general. Experienced Windows and Mac users will do just fine. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why can’t Internet Explorer load websites after viruses were removed?

ieQuestion from Annika T.:  During the last virus scan Norton found a couple of viruses and removed them. Now Internet Explorer won’t load any websites. All I get is a blank screen and a message saying the site might be down or something.

I know it’s not my Internet connection because Firefox still loads pages just fine. I really need to get IE back working again because I use it and Firefox together to use two Gmail accounts at the same time. Can you help me?

If it matters, my computer is running Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11.

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How to replace a laptop hard drive

replace-laptop-hdI have written several posts in the past that discuss either replacing a bad laptop hard drive with a new one or upgrading to a larger drive or an SSD.

Earlier this morning I was answering a reader’s question about a hard drive upgrade when it occurred to me that I’ve never really explained how to physically swap out the drives.

Replacing the hard drive in most laptops is almost as easy as selling popcorn in a movie theater. Just follow the simple steps listed below. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I delete all of my Gmail messages at once?

gmailQuestion from Kenny V.:  I love your site man!! Too cool!! I hope you can help me with a Gmail question.

I have over 7000 messages in my Gmail Inbox and about as many in my “Sent Mail” folder. I’d like to wipe them all out and start fresh, but it would take days to go through there and delete them a page at a time.

My question is do you know of a way to delete all of my Gmail messages at once? Thanks in advance. Kenny

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Q&A: Does the number of cells in a laptop battery matter?

hp-envy-13-batteryQuestion from Anita F.:  Hi Rick. The battery in my HP laptop went bad and I need to order a new one. When I looked up the model number for my laptop on Amazon a thousand of choices came up.

What really confuses me is the number of cells each battery has. Some are 4 cell, some 6 and some are 8. Are more cells better? They seem to be more expensive as the number of cells go up. Is the extra cost worth it?

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