Archive for April, 2009

What do you do with your drive when you upgrade or sell your computer?

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Folks, we need to be serious about this. A recent survey shows that 40% of hard drives bought on eBay hold personal and even worse, corporate data.

When you give a computer to a friend or co-worker, or even sell it, it still has all of your data on it. Even if you format the drive. If you do not believe me, try it for yourself. Take a drive with data on it that you no longer need, format it, then run GetDataBack. You will see all of your data. This will not work however if you are using Vista.

Vista has changed they way a format works and now does a low level format. You can find this information at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941961. This is good and this is bad. If you accidentally format a drive in Windows Vista, that data is gone forever. Not even a hardware recovery company can recover the data for you.

We are going to show you how to use DiskExplorer to low level format a drive so that no data can ever be recovered from it. This is useful when you want to give a drive to someone or sell your computer. You will low level the drive, then install Windows. None of the data that was on the drive can be recovered.

WARNING – THIS WILL DESTROY ALL THE DATA ON YOUR DRIVE. IF YOU DO THIS BY ACCIDENT, THERE IS NOT A WAY TO UNDO IT. THIS IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION.

The full resolution video can be found here.

Fixing Error 8000FFFF in DriveImage XML

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

We have created a video tutorial regarding error 8000FFFF and how to fix it on YouTube. Here is the list of files that are needed to be run from the command prompt and they need to be run from the Windows\System32 folder. A high quality version of the movie can be found here (WARNING!! This file is 100MB in size).

  • Net stop vss
  • Net stop swprv
  • regsvr32 ole32.dll
  • regsvr32 vss_ps.dll
  • Vssvc /Register
  • regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
  • regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
  • regsvr32 es.dll
  • regsvr32 stdprov.dll
  • regsvr32 vssui.dl – (For Windows 2003 only)
  • regsvr32 msxml.dll
  • regsvr32 msxml3.dll
  • regsvr32 msxml4.dll
  • Net start vss
  • Net start wsprv