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RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 Explained

This Tech Tip is a bit more technical in nature and generally not applicable to home-users.

RAID stands for "Redundant Array of Independent Disks". It is the linking of multiple hard drives together to serve the purpose of faster speed, or greater reliability, or both. This type of setup is uncommon in home environments but is common place for businesses and servers. In this video we discuss the common RAID setups (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10).

Protect yourself from Cyber Threats

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CryptoLocker, Game Over Zeus and heartbleed have made 2013 and 2014 difficult years for the average Joe computer user. These viruses and exploits are serious, much more than most.

Change Desktop Background Image

So very often when working on computers, I notice that the same factory default background is present, years after the client has been using the machine. This makes me think many people don't know how to actually change their background, or that Windows 7 and Windows 8 have a very neat rotating background feature. In this video I demonstrate how to change your windows background and how to create your own custom background slide show in just a few easy clicks.

How to Zip and Unzip files

Zipping is the process of taking multiple files, compressing them, and adding them to a single file (aka archive).

Benefits of Zipping include

  • Faster Sending
  • Faster Receiving
  • Reduced Storage Space
  • Convenience (i.e. I like to download all the files emailed to me at once, rather than save each one individually…)

Share Photos via SkyDrive

For a more indepth video on Cloud Storage in general see: Cloud Storage Tech Tip

IMAP Synchronize Email

What is IMAP?
How do I synchronize my mail?

We live in the day of multiple devices accessing a single email account. We use our computer, smart phones, sometimes even a laptop all to get to the same account. Yet many of us are setup with the wrong type of mail system for that, and can be using something better: IMAP.

Instead of POP mail, using IMAP allows us to synchronize all of our devices, so messages deleted from the computer are automatically deleted from the phone.

Spot Scams, Phishing and Virus-Laden Emails and Websites

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One of the most frequent things we do here at Pc Computer Guy is virus removal and cleanup of computers hijacked by adware, spam ware or other bad stuff.

Restore the Windows 8 Start Button

There is now a good FREE version of this called Classic Shell - but the same concept applies.




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