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Mar
27
comment Is it secure to give someone my laptop with my Dropbox folder saved on it?
Properly configured strong encryption will prevent unwanted data access, via TrueCrypt, EFS, BitLocker etc. I've read numerous legal cases both US and international where law enforcement had their top personnel trying to crack criminals' encrypted files to retrieve crucial evidence for the case, only to give up, defeated, after several months of wasted effort.
Mar
27
comment Strange temporary “Access denied” error accessing encrypted files
Wow. My WinXP Pro system just mysteriously issued a new EFS certificate after a BSOD and I've been trying to troubleshot why. I do have an Intel 530 SSD for system volume. In light of your story, I will run an Extended Drive Self Test to verify the disk.
Mar
27
comment Decrypt EFS-encrypted file (I do have certificate backup)
Use CIPHER.EXE /? to examine the thumbprints of the encrypted files and CERTMGR.MSC to verify your imported certificate matches.
Mar
27
answered EFS not available on Windows 7 Home Premium: workarounds?
Mar
27
comment Windows 8 EFS: How to tell windows to use “this” certificate for EFS encryption?
I believe instead of needing to decrypt all the files, you can simply run "cipher /u" to update all EFS files on the entire disk (this command cannot be interrupted, so don't execute this unless you're ready for some heavy disk IO.) Check cipher /? first to be sure. After the files are updated, you can verify the files have the new cert thumbprint via file Properties, then delete the old cert from certmgr.msc (after exporting it to be safe).
Mar
22
comment Microsoft Office 2003 document (Excel and Word), intermitently, takes 30 seconds to load
You're most welcome @JulioNobre! Thanks so much for following up and sharing the answer with everyone, too.
Mar
7
comment Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates
The SUR Tool also worked where nothing else did on Windows Vista SP2. It seems to repair the Catroot2 folder as part of the repair. If I were working as a technician, I would have the SUR Tool in my toolkit at all times and apply it to any damaged or suspect Windows installation. It's a HUGE shotgun blast of fixes.
Feb
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Dec
25
comment Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB
@SamB is correct. This problem happens because the .CAB format has a 2GiB file size hard limitation, and TrustedInstaller will continue to issue makecab routinely, creating a new ~100MiB file in your temp folder each time. The solution is to remove the 2GB log file (which can safely be done, as these are only used for troubleshooting). Thank you so much SamB for posting, you reached the root cause of this problem. I'm on Windows 7 SP1 64-bit. I can't believe Microsoft hasn't fixed this yet.
Dec
25
comment Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB
@SamB is correct. This problem happens because the .CAB format has a 2GiB file size hard limitation, and TrustedInstaller will continue to issue makecab routinely, creating a new ~100MiB file in your temp folder each time. The solution is to remove the 2GB log file (which can safely be done, as these are only used for troubleshooting).
Dec
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Dec
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reviewed Reviewed Replicating partitioning setup on a new SSD
Dec
2
comment How long would it take to transfer 1TB over USB 2.0?
@pavsaund must've forgotten to update his answer, so I just edited it to be accurate and much clearer. Notice in Feckmore's Wolframalpha answer he mistakenly uses 15 Mbits/s, forgetting there are 8 bits in a Byte, so the answer in Megabytes (MB) is 148/8 = 18.5. (Interesting tidbit: his Wolframalpha link has a warning atop the answer saying "Assuming megabits per second for "Mb/s" | Use megabytes per second or mebibits per second instead Assuming terabytes (base 10) for "TB" | Use tebibytes (base 2) or more instead", which probably explains the difference between my 19.5 hr answer vs his 18.5h
Dec
2
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Dec
2
comment How long would it take to transfer 1TB over USB 2.0?
@phenry I apologize, after reading your answer more closely, I see you're saying typical real-world throughput is "about two thirds of the maximum theoretical bulk data transfer rate of 53MB/s", which is a rather obfuscated way of saying "35MB/s", particularly after your first sentence of the answer says "480 MBit/s". (Most people don't understand the HUGE 8x distinction between MBit vs MB). So I recommend revising your answer to make the 35MB/s best-case-scenario (not really typical - more like 20-30MB/s) appear up front at the beginning of the answer and move the technical details down.
Dec
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Nov
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comment How long would it take to transfer 1TB over USB 2.0?
This is a terribly inaccurate answer. People, please downvote this. See my real-world answer below (superuser.com/a/354401/18664)
Aug
23
comment How to restore the window of tabs crashed 1 day ago in Google Chrome
However, isn't it true that this extension (like all tab manager extensions) will fail to restore your per-tab context (history back/forward)?
Jul
25
comment Thumbnails for video files are not showing in Windows 7
Wow, this program is awesome! Thanks so much it works perfectly on Windows 7 64 bit even inside Xyplorer. However note that it does not select any file formats by default - you must configure it after install to choose the formats you want. Also, here's a direct link to the author's website: babelsoft.net/products.htm