Quick Access in Windows 10, see recently created files

Quick Access in Windows 10 is a simple and effective feature. It allows you to view and enter the files that you have recently modified. It also helps you identify them by program. This is especially useful when you accidentally save without modifying a file name. Say you misplaced that Excel you’ve been working on. That’s not such a big deal. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be back in business in no time. Or let’s just say that you forgot where you saved that Photoshop project you’ve been working on. It’s somewhere there, but where? Nu problem, just use Quick Access in Windows 10 and you’ll be able to search by program that created the modifications to the file or the file itself.

Quick Access in Windows 10

First thing you need to make sure of, before using Quick Access in Windows 10, is that your search function is working fine. There shouldn’t be any problems with that but, if you’re having a unexpected failure, you can always fix the search feature. After you do that, just follow these simple steps.

First of all, go and open your search option. Then, write the name of the program that is responsible for the modification of the files you’re searching for. In this instance, I’ve simulated loosing a Word file. So, I’ve typed “Word” in the search bar and this is what happened.

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So now, if you forget the name of the file, you can decide to use the Quick Access in Windows 10 and find what you’ve been up to. It’s also a great way to spy on your children or girlfriend (if you’re that kind of guy). Now that you’ve found that file you’ve been searching for, consider backing it up for free, along with the rest of the PC. Just follow these quick, simple steps.

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 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.

How to copy a large file to an SD card

How to copy a large file to an SD card or microSD card. Sometimes you really need to copy a large file and when you do, most of the times you will get this message: “the file is too large for…”

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If you’ve seen this message, and you’ve already checked that you have enough storage space for the file you are trying to copy, then you know how frustrating it is to have an SD card or microSD card with enough storage space – let’s say 16GB – and to not be able to copy a file – that takes up only 5GB of that storage space.

 

SD cards come preformatted as FAT32 file system which has a 4GB file size restriction.

So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? The answer is very simple.

All you have to do is format your SD card from FAT32 to exFAT. The exFAT file system does not have the 4GB file size limit.

How you ask? Well that’s simple too.

 

  1. Connect the SD card or microSD card to a PC. You can connect the SD card directly if your computer has SD card slot. If not then you need an external USB SD card reader that you can plug into any USB port on your computer.

To connect the microSD card to your computer you need is an adapter to allow it to fit into a standard SD card port or externat USB SD card reader.

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  1. Right click on the SD card icon

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  1. Left click on format

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  1. Change the file system from FAT32 to exFAT

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  1. Make sure “Quick Format” is selected

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  1. Click Start

 

Note: Formatting will delete all existing data on your SD card or microSD card. Be sure to save all the files that you need before formatting. Also check your device specifications to make sure that it can read exFAT formatted cards.