Category Archives: Data Recovery

Quick review of Data Rescue 5

Prosoft Engineering recently provided me with a review copy of Data Rescue 5 that the software company is scheduled to release to the public on Oct 3rd. Data Rescue 5 will be available as separate versions for Macs and Windows PCs. For purposes of my quick review, I chose to install and test the Mac release of Data Rescue 5.

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CASE STUDY: Upgrading My Data Management and Backup System

What can you do when your data management and backup systems are not as efficient and effective as you would like them to be? Below is a recap of proactive steps that I took to address this problem.

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Deciding whether to upgrade to Data Rescue One

Data Rescue IIA OS X software program that I have used for years to recover erased files is Data Rescue II that I originally bought in 2007. Even though I can still run Data Rescue II under El Capitan 10.11, the fact that many ‘vintage’ programs no longer work motivated me to evaluate my options with regard to the developer’s latest release called Data Rescue One.

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Help! I want to use Google Chrome after deleting my Safari cookies

Reader says, I cleared all my browser cookies the other day and there are some web sites I cannot access. It says “Safari failed to open page.” If I set Google Chrome as my default will I lose my other web sites? Will I have to reset all my passwords?

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Check first before trashing your backup discs!

Alera disc shredderOver the years, I have accumulated a rather large collection of family history artifacts and photographs that I have stored digitally and on source media ranging from original negatives to recording tape. A segment of my holdings consists of audio interviews and travelogues that I originally created on reel-to-reel and cassette tapes as far back as 1968 that I eventually digitized and burned onto CDs and DVDs.

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Can’t play that DVD? Try these workarounds

Hand Holding DVD DiscThe year-end holidays have come and gone. You have been exercising feverishly to reduce your waistline that expanded a few inches due to the endless partying, and everyone in your household has unwrapped all their gifts. However, one of those gifts is perched silently on the coffee table. It’s a homemade DVD gifted to you by a cousin who lives on the opposite end of the country that features highlights of your uncle’s 70th birthday celebration. Because you couldn’t get the necessary time off from your job, you couldn’t be there in person to share in the family fun and festivities. While other DVDs play back fine in your MacBook Pro, this disc just spins and spins before it gets ejected by the drive. You’ve never experienced this type of hardware problem before. According to your cousin, the DVD is not defective, because she said that before she wrapped her gift, she successfully tested the same disc in her set-top player in her living room.

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Upgrading to Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

Using prior experience as a guide, I figured that that at least one program or hardware device would stop working if I upgraded my Mac operating system to Yosemite 10.10. Consequently, I didn’t instantly switch from Mavericks 10.9 right when Apple released its latest OS. I was proven correct in my prognosis, as a couple of favored applications ceased to work after I completed the system upgrade.

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