RAID Drives and Storage Pools

Windows 8 comes with a built-in storage-pool feature, and Drive-Bender is a  ‘state of the art, single point storage pool technology’, and the upcoming PoolHD would be the “fastest and easiest way to create and maintain a storage pool of virtually infinite size.”

Now the question arises, what are these, so called, “Pools”? Well, before I answer that, let me explain what RAID Drives are, (though I’m no expert and to be honest, I myself didnt know anything about the two until a while ago.)

RAID, short for Redundant-Array-of-Independent-Disks, which bundles a group of hard-drives, in such a way that they function as a single super-drive. There are a few different kinds of RAID, each with its unique features and advantages.

A Storage-Pool, is similar to a RAID drive, or more like, a user-friendly-home-applicable form of a RAID drive, that too brings multiple hard-drives or partitions together, so that they function as one pooled-drive.

 

“Windows 8 Setup Failing After Reboot” – Solved

A common problem these days, which I myself have experienced, while installing Windows 8 CP, and PRO on my Dell INSPIRON N5110.

What actually happens is that, the initial part of the Windows Setup goes very well, and then the system goes down for reboot, at which, most people remove their installation media from the device. This is perfectly normal, and has nothing to do with what follows, i.e. It starts booting into Windows 8, and you can see the Win8 Logo, and the loading animation, which stays for a few seconds, and then fades away, leaving the screen all black, … 

 

Linux XP

Linux XP Desktop is a discontinued distribution of Linux which is based on Fedora, and bits of Red Hat.

The interface is based on the GNOME desktop, and, as the name suggests, has been designed to imitate the Windows XP environment (they haven’t exactly done a very clean job though, and is capable of running several windows applications using WINE.

 

ReactOS – The free alternative to Microsoft Windows

The React OS project is an operating system written from scratch that follows the design and architecture of Windows NT. The idea behind it was to launch a free and open-source operating system that would enable windows programs and drivers to run on your PC.

Now, what you must be thinking is: “Why the hell would one want to go for such an OS when we already have got Windows?” Well, that’s cause ReactOS is free and open-source, means that you are free to customize it to suit your needs. It’s not just an alternative, but a free alternative to Microsoft Windows.

It’s pretty light actually. You can download it from the reactOS site, though i’d advise you to try it on a VM first, cause you might not find it as interesting as it sounds.

 

 

Recover Partitions after Uninstalling Linux – “Not enough space on the disk to complete this operation” Disk management

Often users face this problem, after uninstalling Linux, and re-partitioning the un-allocated space. What actually happens is that they keep on getting stupid errors saying “Not enough space on the disk to complete this operation,” whenever they try to create new partitions using the Disk Management tool in Windows.

The reason behind being that the Windows Disk Manager is not… Ah capable of creating partitions in the middle of the disk, and thus, it displays the error. Users who created the Linux partitions at the end of the HDD, wont face any such difficulties.

Anyways, the solution is to go for some advanced partitioning tool e.g. GParted which is for Linux. There might be a Windows compatible version, but I never was successful with my searches, so you might wanna go for the Ease Us Partition Master, which comes with a lot of advanced features, and would certainly get you across this error.

 

Uninstalling Ubuntu From a win7&ubuntu Dual-boot Using Windows 7

Ubuntu, based on Linux  though is free and open-source, not everyone would be satisfied with it, as an average user would get pissed off in a week, because there arent many of the desired apps available for Ubuntu  and those that are, people get a hard time installing them. I haven’t got anything against Ubuntu, and I’m not asking anyone to stop using it, but those that regret installing it in the first place, here’s how you can uninstall it.

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Get rid of the “This Copy of Windows is not genuine” error in Windows 7 Ultimate

Often when you’ve got updates on, there comes a time when your desktop background disappears, and you keep on getting errors and popups saying that your copy of windows is not genuine, and stuff like “you might be a victim of software counterfeiting.” The reason behind is that you are using a pirated version of Windows which you didn’t obtain the legal way. Now the point is that these errors and popups can be annoying, and people would always welcome a cure, and well here’s one. I’m not encouraging anyone to go for pirated software, but i’m still posting the solution cause not everyone can afford to buy their own licensed copy of windows.;-)

So getting rid of the error is quick, simple and clean though a bit annoying as you need to restart twice in a row.

  1. Goto Windows update and click on the link on the bottom left corner, saying “installed updates.”
  2. Look for the update KB971033, and uninstall it (right-click>uninstall,) and reboot.
  3. Run Command Prompt as Administrator. To do so, just press start, type cmd, and on the first link, right-click>Run As Administrator.
  4. In the CMD window, type the following command: slmgr.vbs -rearm, and press enter.  At first, nothing would happpen, but this is normal, but after a few seconds, a box would pop up, saying that you need to reboot for the changes to take effect. Well, do as it says.

Note: This would only rid you of the WGA notifications and popups, but remember, this wont fool it into believing that you are using genuine windows, means that you’d still be unable to use the Security Essentials.