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How to Safely Remove USB Drives from Your Laptop

Before you unplug that USB drive from your laptop you might want to consider taking a few extra steps before doing so. You may have noticed the icon in your system tray, or notification area that looks like the end of a USB cable and has a small solid green circle with a white check mark in it.

Safely Remove Hardware

This is the Safely Remove Hardware indicator and it means that you have a USB device, like a hard drive or camcorder for example, connected to your laptop computer. The reason why it is important that you actually use this feature of the operating system is so that the data does not become corrupt by removing the USB device from the laptop at the wrong time.

For example say you were making a backup of a directory on your laptop to your external hard drive. If you happened to unplug the drive from the laptop while the data transfer was still occurring you may not even know that there was an issue. Then when you latter try to access the data on the external drive you discover that there is an error informing you that the data is inaccessible. This means that the backup is essentially worthless, or at least the files which were interrupted during the original transfer are.

This is why taking just a few seconds to use the Safely Remove Hardware feature in your Windows operating system is well worth the time and effort. Here are the steps that you will see when getting ready to unplug the USB device:
Step One

  • See the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area (left side of the taskbar by the clock).
  • Double click the icon.

Step Two

  • Select the device you wish to unplug.
  • Click the Stop button

Step Three

  • A confirmation screen will appear so that you can verify the device you have selected. If it looks correct then click the OK button.

Step Four

  • A notification will appear when it is safe to remove the device. You can click the OK button, close the other open windows and now remove your device knowing that your data is safe.
  • It is as easy as that!

Many enclosures will have a hard drive activity indicator light on them but it is still the safest procedure to use this feature. It is not necessary since USB devices are plug and play but if your data does become corrupt then it can become unusable.

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How to Reset Internet Explorer

Why Reset Your Browser?

Reset Internet Explorer

There are many reasons why people reset the web browsers on their laptops. Sometimes they need to reset them in order to start from scratch. Sometimes there is a need to reset your web browser due to performance issues. You may have made some changes to the configurations and yet you do not remember each of the changes you made.

There are plenty of settings to change on any of the laptops under 200 dollars and each can improve your computing experience just as there are many that are commonly set for a specific need. However sometimes spyware can actually cause some of these settings to become reconfigured in less than desirable ways. No matter what the need is though, you can easily reset your browser to the default settings.

How to Reset Internet Explorer

This video is for Internet Explorer 7

Here is a very easy way to reset IE7 to the default settings. Keep in mind that this will cause any custom settings to be reset and you will need to reconfigure them if you need to.

Most Popular Web Browsers

List of the Most Popular Browsers

In this case we are looking at Internet Explorer 7 which many computer users choose as their default browser. Of course, there are many browsers to choose from these days. For instance some of the more popular browsers on the laptops for sale under 300 and desktop computers as well are:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera

There are also several mobile browsers in use.

History of the Web Browser

Web Browser Evolution

Early experiments in the technology behind modern day web browsers occurred during the 1980's. The MOSAIC browser is the most well known of the period. Many people deserve credit for this long-term development and the 1990's continued to unveil much advancement in this field.

If you remember back when the web was burgeoning in popularity among the public for the first time, it seemed like Netscape was by far the most popular web browser. Then Microsoft began including a web browser bundled with their Windows operating systems and the market quickly bowed to Microsoft taking the lion's share of the web browser market.

Netscape to Mozilla: Open Source

Adjustments to the Marketplace

After the change in the market share, Netscape started making their browser open source thus creating Mozilla. This did not originally make much dent on the overall market share, yet things would eventually change.

Today Firefox which evolved from the Mozilla product is an extremely fast growing web browser. People like to use it on their refurbished laptops under 200 dollars for the speed it offers, plus the ability to ad lots of plug-ins which can ad an enormous degree of additional functionality to the browser.

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