Windows 10 Anniversary update-missing a partition?

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was well received by the audience and it should work just fine for you as well. However, there are still some glitches to be solved. Sometimes you will find that an update install can cause your programs to disappear altogether. Of course, there are a lot of ways to recover these items, and you can check out some of them here. Other times, you might need to tweak your Windows a bit after a major update. But what if you just discovered that a whole computer partition has gone missing?

The Windows 1o anniversary update mystery

Some users that have done the Windows 10 Anniversary update have complained that they’ve apparently lost whole disk partitions. Others say the their disk partitions are shown as not being allocated.

There is no quick fix for this but, you might want to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 that you had been working on until the update. This can be done within 10 days after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update and will solve your issue. You will find out that the information you had on the seemingly lost disk space is not lost. It’s just a glitch of the anniversary update. To do this just click “settings”, then go to “update and settings”. Select “recovery” once there and then “get back to an earlier build.”

Another solution?

Well you’ll be disappointed to find out that  there is no permanent solution yet. The folks down at Microsoft say that they are “actively working on that” for now. Some users have seen their problem fixed by applying KB318966. It seems this helped solve the issue.

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What is KB318966?

KB318966 is what you call a Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (version 1607) that can be installed on top of the Windows 1o anniversary update. If you install the update, then your partitions will become visible again. The software will recognize them appropriately. Still, even with the cumulative update in place, you might still face the same problem.

Hold your horses!

If none of the two presented solutions have done the job, don’t rush. Don’t go all Kung fu on your computer  and try to format the seemingly free space because you’ll lose your data. It’s not a good idea to recover the files using other software either. Just stay calm and let the programmers do their thing. They’ll come up with a solution in no time.

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.

How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

How to mount and use an exFAT Drive on Linux? Well, first of all let’s see what exactly is exFAT.

The exFAT file system is like FAT32 file system without the 4 GB file size limit. The exFAT file system is ideal for SD cards, microSD card and flash drives.

To be able to use exFAT drives on Linux with full read-write support you will need to install some packages first.
Without installing the necessary software you will always get messages like: “Unable to mount” or “unknown file type system:’exfat’ ”, when trying to connect an exFAT drive.

The first thing you need to do is to open a Terminal window from your applications menu, then type the following command and press Enter to install the necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

You will also need to enter your password.

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This command works on Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions.

On other Linux distributions you will need to open the user interface and search for “exFAT-fuse” and “exFAT-utils” packages. It is possible that these packages could have other names, so we recommend that you search for “exFAT”.

After the software is installed, you can simply connect the exFAT drive to your computer and it will be mounted automatically.

Once the necessary software for mounting exFAT drives is installed, you can connect removable devices and they will automatically work and you will have full read-write support, without ever having to pull up the terminal again.

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The steps presented above should work with modern desktop environment, but if you are using a Linux distribution that doesn’t mount the exFAT file system automatically then you will need to mount the file system yourself the old-fashioned way.

You can do this like you would mount any other partition, by using the “-t exfat” switch to tell the mount command to mount a file system as exFAT.

First you will need to create a directory that will be the “mount point” for the exFAT file system.
The following command creates a directory at /media/exfat:

sudo mkdir /media/exfat

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Next, use the following command to mount the device. Let’s say for example that the device is located at /dev/sdc1. This is the first partition (1) on the third device (c). If you have a single drive in the computer and you just connected a USB drive to it, there’s a good chance the exFAT file system will be /dev/sdb1 instead.

sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdc1 /media/exfat

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Now, you can access the contents of the mounted drive in the specified mount point (/media/exfat).

When you have finished, and you want to unmount the partition, all you have to do is to run the following command, while specifying the device:

sudo umount /dev/sdc1

The installed “exfat-utils” contains the “mkfs.exfat” command with which you can format any partitions with exFAT file system from Linux. For an easier way, you can just format them with the exFAT file system from Windows, Mac or any other device that supports exFAT.

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox on Windows may come in handy if you don’t have a CD or a disk image. VirtualBox can be a lifesaver for anyone willing to experiment with different OS.

 

For starters to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox you’ll evidently need a bootable USB drive. The second thing you need is to be able to use command prompt, but no need to worry because it only involves a couple of steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Disk Management. Once found, launch it. Then find the disk number of you USB Drive (for example if it says “Disk 2” the number you are looking for is 2).
  2. Open the Start Menu again and search for Command Prompt. Choose “Run as administrator” by right clicking the icon.
  3. Navigate to the VirtualBox installation directory by running: cd %programfiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox
  1. Enter this command to create a .vmdk file in your C drive, which will point to the USB drive:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename C:\extdisk.vmdk -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive#

You’ll need to replace # with the disk number found in step 1.

  1. Open the Start Menu again and search for VirtualBox. Right-click the icon and select “Run as administrator” so you can run the program with administrative rights.
  2. In the window labelled “Hard Drive”, select “Use an existing hard drive file”, and select the .vmdk file you just created as your new virtual hard drive.
  3. Finally select the new virtual machine that will appear, and VirtualBox will boot the operating system found on the USB Drive.

Make sure that you keep the .vmdk file so you don’t have to repeat all the steps every time.

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The steps presented above are specifically for Windows. For other OS’s the steps might differ.

 

How To Backup Your PC For Free

Free PC backup software may come in handy sometimes. Could be because of hardware failure, viruses or bugs, or human error. That’s why it is always a good idea to back up your PC regularly.

Worst case scenario – your photos, files, documents could be gone forever.

This is why we made a list of the best free PC backup software.

AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a backup tool that’s very easy to use and has many features such as: file sync, partition, dick cloning, disk or system image backups, easy browsing of your backup images and a bootable rescue disk in case of an emergency.

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You can also set the scheduler to run your backups automatically at any interval you choose: daily, weekly or on a certain day of the week, and so on.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is like AOMEI Backupper standard but with extras.

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And by extras we mean: Smart Backup system – it checks the folders you select and backs up anything that has changed.

There is also support for saving anything to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Other extras include: pre-OS boot  – to recover backups without a disk, backup encryption, a Windows PE and a Linux rescue environment, network throttling to reduce performance impact.

Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free is not for your average PC user. File-based backups are not available. Image-only backups are available and the interface is not what you would call friendly or easy to use.

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On the other hand, experienced users will find may features to like: compression, image>VHD conversion, in-depth control over how long backups are kept, differential imaging.

Select the “Differential Backup Set” and the program sets up a monthly full backup and a differential backup every day – backups can be set to match your requirements.

FBackup

FBackup is a backup software with a focus on keeping everything as simple as possible.

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With a couple of clicks you can backup key data as: Chrome and Firefox profiles, IE favorites, Outlook mail, pictures and documents.

The software simply copies your files from one location to the other. No compression or imaging tools are available.

There is no support for incremental or differential backups.

 

BackUp Maker

BackUp Maker is a simple file-based backup tool for everyone.

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It has many features that can be useful for experienced users also, such as: ecryption, excluding files by size, password protection, send backup reports  by email, run backups when a USB device is plugged, backup to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/FTP/FTPS and more.

Unfortunately, locked files can be backed up at an extra cost.

Areca Backup

Areca Backup software is targeted at the advanced users, offering expert-level options which include filtering by extension, folder, date, size, and regular expression, AES and AES256 ecryption, Zip and Zip64 support, backup to local or network drives, FT, FTPS or SFTP servers, and many more.

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Areca Backup also has: delta backup technology which can save only the modified parts of files, and can also recover files by a specific date.

As with BackUp Maker, backup for locked files comes at a cost.

So if you’re an experienced user this is the tool for you.

 

Paragon Backup and Recovery

Paragon Backup and Recovery  is image-based only but lacks many features, reason being that it hasn’t been updated of a while now.

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Still, this backup software has a save option to a “capsule”. Which means that your image will be saved in a secure area where it will be less likely to be lost if your partition is damaged.

A bootable rescue disk is also available.

QILING Disk Master Professional

Last but not least, the QILING Disk Master Professional is a backup tool that has more features than just about any other backup program.

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You get file and imaging backups, with full incremental – differential support, password protection, scheduling, compression and full or partial restoration from a Windows PE rescue disk or a pre-boot environment on your drive.

You also have the ability to clone a drive, to migrate your system, to create, format, delete or recover disk partitions and many more.