Monday, 29 September 2014

How to create the bootable USB installer for OS X Yosemite ?

Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10 is a powerful and elegant operating system with the redesigned interface and new features in it.  Now, let us create a bootable USB installer for OS X Yosemite. The steps are as follows:

At first, insert the SD card or USB flash drive in the computer. Then to launch the Disk Utility, double   click on main drive, then on 'Applications' folder and lastly click on 'Utilities' folder. Select Disk Utility app from there.

Choose the drive from the device list and click on partition tab. Then select one partition from the drop down menu and give its name, size and select 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' from the drop down list.

Now click on the 'Options' button and you could see the partition scheme menu available right there. Then choose the radio button which is just next to GUID partition table and click ok. Now verify the changes that have been made and then click 'Apply'. A pop up window will generate asking to partition the disk finally, just then click on 'Partition' option to reflect the changes.

After the completion of the above process, the removable drive is ready  for OS X. The next step is to launch the Terminal app to unhide the hidden files which are needed to proceed the process. For that the below command is needed i.e.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 1 | KillAll Finder

Then, search the location where OS X file is saved and right click the installer and then  click on Show Package Content from the menu. Now, Click on Shared support which is present there and mount the installESD.dmg file. After double clicking on installESD.dmg file, we could able to see several files, out of which 2 files are needed to create the OS X installer  to the removable drive. One file is BaseSystem.dmg and  second one is Packages folder.

Now, move on back to Disk Utility app and choose the partition that we have created in above steps. Next is to select the Restore tab, drag the partition name to the destination box and also drag the BaseSystem.dmg file from Finder to the source box. Then, Click on Restore button present in the bottom  and clicking on Erase will start the process to install the drives on to the drive. And just fill the administrative credentials requested by Disk Utility to perform the task and then click on OK command to execute the changes.

After completing the task of file transfer, the drive will automatically mount in Finder. Search the installation directory to find the alias to the packages folder and just delete that alias.

And if  you want to replace that alias, then copy that Packages folder to the installation directory as done above. In this process, again the time it will generally take to transfer the file will depend on the age of the machine.

Generally, it is not a good practice to hide the files but if you want to still proceed then type the following command mentioned below to hide the files again:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 0 | KillAll Finder

At last the removable drive is ready to perform a clean installation of OS X Yosemite. Now, to proceed for the clean  install, power on the Mac and insert the drive. To access the boot selection menu, just hold down the option  key and choose the USB drive partition and follow the prompts to initiate the boot process.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

How to recover deleted photos from Memory cards

SD card is an electronic storage device used to store digital information. They are commonly used in MP3 players, laptops, video games, cameras etc. They come in various sizes with the popular brands. Nowadays, people are using more and more memory cards as they are small in size and also available at cheaper rates in the market. But in-spite of it so many advantages, there are certain problems with these cards such as data loss, bad quality card etc. And deleted or formatted SD card disaster can put someone in miserable condition. In case of hard drive also, if the drive crashed.  Certainly a horrible condition arrives.

Types of Disasters that can happen are:

Formatted drive or card

If this happens, then not to worry at all because the software utility can recover the data very easily. So, by chance somebody formatted their camera pics, hard drive etc. can recapture the missing files very easily.

Deleted data

Data which is erased completely from trash or recycle bin can also be gained efficiently. The actual files are not erased from the drive.

Physical damage

In case of this serious cause, the recovery of data becomes cumbersome. If the damage is quite serious due to bad sectors etc. then the chances of recovering the data is moderate to low. But still the data can be recovered due to the availability of the powerful software in the market.

Precautions to be taken to prevent data loss

Certain points are there which should be taken care of, to prevent data loss in the future are:

1) Backup of the data to the separate drive is very important. If the primary drive fails then the consumer can easily copy the data from the secondary drive where the backup of that data is available.

2) Choose and invest in reliable drives or memory card as these days most of the people are facing many problems due to these duplicate cards. Buying cheap things from unknown manufacturers is not a good practice.

3) In case of camera usage, memory cards need to be formatted properly after taking the backup of the data. And do not format it somewhere, do it in camera itself as sometimes the files could not be written to the camera just because of this issue.

4) Most of the digital camera users use same card many times which usually corrupts the file system and makes all the data inaccessible. If still you intend to do, then always take the backup of your card.

How to recapture deleted/formatted/lost images??

Now, there are ample of software which can recapture the lost or deleted images. Choose the software which support all media files and can be initiated from logical drive, physical drive, attached media storage etc. Just select the best software and follow these steps to recover it.

1) Launch the Photo recovery software. Then click on recover photos button.

2) Next step is to select the appropriate volume or any other attached storage media. Click on scan button to start the scanning process.

3) You could able to see all your files in that software which you have formatted or lost.

4) Last step is to recover those files.

Also options like advanced scan or chose only audio files to recover are also there. So, the recovery software process is very simple to go in case of deleted images.   

How to Remove Boot Manager Pop up Messages About to Choose OS in Windows 7

Running multiple version of Windows on the same computer is thrilling. It gives user choices to test the benefit of using multiple flavors of operating system without switching to another computer. For example, you can install Windows 7 and Windows 8 on the same computer (in different drives/volumes) and can use either, depending on your choice.

Why this happens?
The theory is, boot manager stores two different boot records in your computer and asks you to choose the operating system to start with, just before the Windows booting screen. You’ll need to select your desired version of OS to start with. You’ll need to go through this step all the time you wish to start your computer.

However, the problem arises when you’ve un-installed or removed any one OS from the dual booting environment and still receiving the same boot manager pop up messages to choose OS before getting into desktop. Doesn’t matter how you’ve removed it (either by formatting the drive or deleting the volume).

Below mentioned are common boot manager pop up messages, asked recently on various Windows help community. It will help you to ensure if it exactly matches to your case so could you follow the solutions accordingly.

Upon startup, I receive a black screen with Windows Boot Manager directing me to choose an operating system to start. Windows 7 is highlighted, and I have to hit enter to continue startup

Whenever vista loads up, it brings the windows boot manager and makes me have to press enter to boot into vista. If I press tab, it gives me the option to get into windows memory diagnostic. How do I disable all of this to boot straight into vista without having to press enter? This is vista home.


Common reasons that leads to boot manager pop up notification
Boot.ini is an important hidden file reside at your boot drive/volume and have exclusive control on what happens at boot time. It can store multiple booting records including OS version, installed date and important booting records to start OS that you’ve chosen. Doesn’t matter if you’ve uninstalled or removed another version of installed OS from bootable volume, if the records still exist in the boot.ini file, it’ll continue to throw boot manager pop ups.

This can also happen if you’ve abruptly or improperly uninstalled the other copy of OS from your computer and didn’t performed startup repair. The OS will be removed from the system but its booting records will continue to exist on booting information file till you’ve manually removed it.
How you can remove or stop those annoying boot manager pop ups in Windows 7

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Administrative Tools > Double click on System Configuration File.

    P.S. Enter administrative credentials if asked and click on ‘OK’ to proceed.
  • Click on ‘Boot’ tab and then select the OS version you’ve deleted i.e. Windows 7 / XP / Vista
  • Click on the ‘Delete’ button and set the timeout to ‘0’.
  • Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ and then finally restart your computer.

After that, Boot to the first copy of Windows 7 that you want to keep and install EasyBCD from here:

Open ‘Disk Management’ after booting with desired Windows OS version and format the secondary operating system that you want to delete or no longer needed. Your primary partition (with which you are currently logged in) would be already marked as boot. Once the secondary partition is formatted, the drive will start showing as fresh and don’t contain any records or bootable information.

Now, you’ll need to Install EasyBCD on the system and remove the entry for secondary partition along with the bootable records.

Most probably, on the next restart, you’ll not see boot manager pop up messages and can directly boot into the desktop.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Equivalent comparison between Macs & PC

Switch over the web and search ‘How Macs & PC differ?’, or ‘Which is better Mac or PC?’ and you will be pounded by hundreds of results. Each one tries to compare both computer systems on basis of his/her experiences, word-of-mouth and knowledge.   

At times, a user switching from PC to Mac finds him in the midst of completely new technology. Since an average Mac is much richer than an average PC, user takes it like a rocket science which could only be nailed by an expert.

A question arises, how many days are sufficient to master OS X Mac? Actually, there is no definite answer to it but obliviously all can’t be learnt in a day or week.

How to start?

If you have been a PC user most of the time and going to handle Mac for the very first time then we need to learn from the basics. List of FAQs are below:

1.     Does Mac have ‘My Computer’ where I can navigate through drives & partition?

Answer 1) No Macs don’t have MY COMPUTER like PC has. Instead, all drives can be navigated through Finder Window. You can customize Finder to show all your internal drives & partitions on the desktop. Thus making simple for the user to navigate connected drives & partitions.

2.     Can Mac be run under Safe boot?

Answer 2) Quite easily, Mac can be run under safe boot using below process:
·      Turn off Mac.
·      Restart Mac by holding power button
·      When Mac boots & produces startup sounds, immediately press-hold the SHIFT key.
·      Once gray Apple logo appears on monitor, release the SHIFT key.
·      Soon Mac progresses to Safe Mode.

3.     Can Macs have dual Operating System?

Answer 3) Yes, just like PC, Macs too can install multiple OS X on to their hard drives. The Mac owner must analyze the hard drive spaces and can install more 2 OS X onto it. For Instance: My OS X currently possesses 2 OS X namely.

·      OS X Mavericks
·      OS X Mountain Lion

4.     How can I change Settings of an OS X Mac?

Answer 4) PC users are well aware of Control Panel in PC OS. I am 100% sure a new user will question on ‘How to change basic settings of Mac OS X?’ The answer to this question is as simple as eating a pie. All Macs have built-in System Preferences which can be accessed via route Apple Logo<System Preferences. Amazingly, this utility does what Control Panel does on PC. Some of the offerings of System Preference are:

·      Desktop & Screensaver
·      Language & text
·      Notifications
·      CD-DVDs
·      Display
·      Energy-Savers
·      Keyboards
·      Mouse
·      Printer
·      iCloud
·      Network
·      Bluetooth
·      Sharing
·      User & groups
·      Date & Time
·      Software update
·      Time Machine
·      Startup disk etc.

5.     What is equivalent to Task Manager in OS X?
Answer 5) Soon you will be looking for an application which is equivalent to Task Manager in OS X. Activity Monitor is the answer to monitor all running apps on OS X Mac. You can manage apps, force quit a stubborn app, find out the culprit apps that are consuming more RAM & drive spaces.

6.     Do Macs have an app like Command Prompt?
Answer 6) Yes they do have but the name is TERMINAL. Users fluent in low-level language can easily execute tasks through terminal. Like Command Prompt in PC, Terminals too in Mac are technical and command should be verified before executing. An example of Terminal command is below:

·      To unhide files & folders on Mac
·      Open Terminal and type –
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
·      Hit Enter.

7.     How to uninstall an application on Mac?
Answer 7) To uninstall an app from Mac, user only need to drag the app and drop it into trash folder. Unlike PC, where one has to uninstall a software using Control Panel<Add/Remove Program.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Transfer data from the old drive to the new drive

In case of transferring the data, Apple recommends to install a fresh copy of OS X and then use Migration Assistant for the user data. As while using the computers, the leftover is collected frequently from installers such as old applications, various logs, several files etc. But if we intend to do fresh installation, we can easily wipe out all the data to increase the performance and stability. This method is known as 'Clean Start'. The steps to transfer the files are as follows:

1) Select the right drive to install in your computer

Make sure that you have chosen the right drive, as the wrong one will spoil the whole process at once.

2) Make sure that both the drives are connected at the same time

For transferring the data, the original drive and the new drive should be connected at the same time. In case of single drive computer, you need a peripheral device to connect it to your old drive right after the new installation of the hard drive. Now, if we talk about rare cases, when you can't connect your old drive externally, then you need to make a clone of your original drive to an external drive.

3) Install the new drive

Installing the hard drive is fairly simple to do. If you need any assistance follow these steps: Install a hard drive

4) Connect old drive externally

Now next step is to connect the cloned external drive to your computer with the necessary cables and devices. For cloning using a software, click here:

5) Boot to OS X recovery system

To further start the booting process, hold the command- R at start up and then select the suited language that you want and start the process.

6) Format the new hard drive

In every OS X, there is the option of Disk Utility to format the hard drive. After opening the Disk Utility, select the new drive from the list present on the left side. Then just press the 'Erase' tab on the right. Set the volume format to 'Mac OS Extended(Journaled)' which is a recommended format for OS X. Now select the name of your own choice and select 'Erase' button.

7) Install OS X on new drive

Now, from the Mac OS X Utilities screen, select 'Reinstall Mac OS X'. Just follow the on screen instruction, which are straightforward enough to carry on the task. Once you fill the required field, the actual install will start which will take time.

8) Transfer the data to the new drive using Migration Assistant

After the OS X has installed successfully, your computer will restart to the new drive. Now several prompts will be there, where it will ask you to import user data from another system. Basically this part uses Apple's built in application called Migration Assistant Utility. Next step is to transfer the user information from another disk and press on to the 'Continue' button to start the procedure. Now, a list will come where you can select the number of users over to your new drive. Also select applications and network settings accordingly. Now, click on the 'Transfer' button and you are done. After that continue the rest of the steps as above and boot to your new drive.

9) Run Software Update

Once the setup has been done, go to Apple menu and choose 'Software Update'. Do select all the updates. Restart the computer to see the changes.

10) Repair Disk permissions

Now, next step is to repair the permissions using 'Disk Utility'. Select Disk Utility and choose First Aid option from it. After choosing, click on Repair disk Permissions.

11) Lastly check the files

Now, last step is to run applications and see whether everything runs well. Once you are done with the checking, then you are ready to go.

How to Fix Corrupt User Profile in Windows 8

User profile in Windows 8 usually carries all your personalized settings, options, data and installed programs. It contains all the options, background options, Startup behavior and almost anything else you’ve did to customize your Windows 8 whichever you feels comfortable. All the settings and options were usually restored as soon as you start the system and looks exactly as you’ve left it the last time you logged in.

Sometime, whenever you try to log on to your Windows computer, it may give you error messages and prevent you to access your computer because of corrupt or damaged user profile. Luckily, you can try few fixes available to get over from such problems and start using your system as you normally do.

To fix corrupt user profile in Windows 8, you can repair the desired corrupt profile or try creating a new user profile and copy all your data from old to new profile.

Common error messages of corrupt user profile in Windows 8
There are few common and well known error messages once any user profile is corrupt, damaged or inaccessible. You can get the clear idea about the problem if any of the below mentioned error messages pops out to your computer screen:

User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User Profile cannot be loaded.
User profile is damaged and cannot be loaded at the bottom. Try restarting your system.


P.S. Above mentioned error may occurs with both Windows 8/ Windows 8.1 computer.
Whenever you try to log on to your computer, above mentioned error pops out to your screen just after the ‘booting/loading windows screen’. You’ll get only a single option and that is to press on ‘OK’ button located below the error message. Clicking on the button will loops back again to the Sign in screen and continue to happen till you have fixed the damaged user profile.

Reasons behind this error

Among the various reasons of any user profile from being damaged or corrupted, you can find below some known reasons that help you figuring what’s wrong with the system. Carefully reading this will ensures you that you are following the right solution.

Reason # 1
Someone intentionally or accidentally deleted user profile folder form C: \Users\ (profile-name). Abruptly deleting user profile from Windows could result in permanent data loss along with the all the settings, options, customizations lost permanently. Later, you can’t able to restore deleted data back without using best data recovery software.

Once the profile is improperly deleted from your computer, Windows still try to load the account using ProfileImagePath and gives error loading profile message as the profile was deleted and couldn’t be loaded anymore.

Reason # 2
Someone improperly renamed the user profile using the folder C: \Users\ (profile-name). Once the profile was renamed, it has to be renamed in Security Identifier (SID) from the current user profile list.

Reason # 3
Any malware/Trojan attempted to tweak the registry settings of current user profile and changed the parameters abruptly. You’re always recommend to routinely scan your entire computer to check and remove any serious threats.

Available solutions to fix corrupt Windows 8/ Windows 8.1 user profile
Apart from the various solutions available, the very first and generally worked solution is to restart your computer. In most situations, there were no major problems with the profiles and restarting the system will itself restore the default settings and options to selected user profile. However, if that didn’t seems working, you can try the applicable solutions from the list mentioned below:

Fix the current profile that is damaged/corrupted without losing your data
  1. We are considering the case that you’ve 2 or more administrator account on your system so you could sign on with unaffected or working user profile that have administrative rights.

    Note: If you don’t have another administrator account, you’ll need to enable the built-in administrator account to sign in. To enable this, follow the tutorial mentioned below:

    a) Press ‘Window’ + ‘Q’ button to open the search text bar and type ‘cmd
    b) Right click on the ‘Command Prompt’ option and choose ‘Run as Administrator
    c) Type the command net user administrator /active:yes and hit enter.
    d) Type ‘exit’ and hit enter
  2. Press 'Window' + R keys to open the dialog box and type regedit, then click on OK.
  3. You’ll need to navigate to the registry location as described below:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

  4. Navigate to the location exactly as stated in the image below and see the ProfileImagePath value and ensures that it’s for the same user account you’re trying to fix.
  5. See if the profile name has been renamed (cross check it from the user folder in file explorer window). It its look different, then right click on the user profile name and rename it.
  6. Close the window once you’ve follow the all the above steps.

Delete the damaged/corrupt user profile and create a new one
Keep note that doing this will delete the problem/ corrupt user profile. You’ll permanently lose all your personalization and account settings.
  1. Follow the steps 1-3 from the solutions mentioned above.
  2. Right click on the damaged/corrupt user profile and press ‘Yes’ to confirm. See the dialog box below for reference,

  3. See if you’ve any other user account with same profile name that is damaged or corrupted and then follow the step 2again to delete them as well.
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Restart your computer and see if you’re not getting the said error message again. Once the next restart, a new user profile will automatically be created with the same name and default settings.

In case none of the above mentioned solutions seems working, consider restoring to your system to any previous successful restart date and time. Doing this will simply roll back all the changes to problem user profile and lets you sign on using the same profile without giving any problem or error message.

Have you tried different steps or methods to get over from the said problem? Please share it using the comments.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Apple's iWatch Benefit

Apple's iWatch is the first smart watch that will soon hit the market in the coming year i.e. 2015. Moreover, it will splash the consumers with the innovative and wrist worn apps, which will further resolve most of the tasks. This iWatch will soon be there in the market in multiple sizes.

iWatch Apps

Apple's iWatch is the first wearable product with the powerful technology in it.This new Watchkit consist lot of functions to perform the tasks. Lot of applications are there in it to make most of the task easier. iWatch apps can track the fitness level with heart rate measurements, send and receive messages, calls and audio recordings etc. Also it is regarded to do the payments as well via Apple pay. Not only this, but it can also play music like an iPod does.

Working of an iWatch

The Apple's iWatch consist of a scroll wheel digital crown that is a multifunctional input device. It let us to
scroll, zoom and select without obstructing the screen. Also its touch display entitles us to touch and swipe, in order to communicate or speak to its microphone. This astonishing watch runs on a brand new S1 processor that can connect easily with the WiFi and GPS settings. Also its taptic processor helps to give the vibrational feedbacks for messages, notifications, alarms and other messages. Moreover, Apple Watch has NFC (near-field communication), which enable the users for 'Apple Pay' payments.

Benefits of using an Apple Watch

1) Support Payments:

Apple Watch is the first wearable product that will supports mobile payments. It makes the task of online payments easier.

2) Monitor health status of the consumer:

This Apple iWatch has more than 10 sensors to monitor wearer's health status. This app monitors and track heart-rate measurements. The four-lens sapphire beneath the iWatch gives more accurate results than the other smart watches.

3) Support latest iPhones

This Apple iWatch support latest iPhone 5, 5C, 6 or 6 plus. With this facility, it can work on large number of apps.

4) Quick information for the Busy people:

Nowadays, in this busy life, who have the time to take the phone out of the pocket to look for messages and notifications on it. But with this Apple iWatch, it will become easier for a person to have a glance on the watch for reminders and notifications.

5) Inductive wireless charging:

Apple is also looking for wireless inductive charging for the iWatch. It has been said that Apple is yet to include inductive charging and solar panels like technologies to increase battery life with the intent to ease the charging process.

Therefore, iWatch will soon be in the market with its incredible features that will make our life easier.