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  1. Hi all. I bought a Seagate External Hard Drive for my son and it has been working fine for over a year. For some reason now, it only shows up in Device Manager for about 30 seconds then disappears. It doesn't show in My PC at all. Whilst it is showing in Device Manager, it says it is working properly. If I send it back to Seagate, they want £700 to retrieve the data on it which I cannot afford. I have a couple of Driver Updates programs on my Laptop, but it doesn't stay connected for long enough. Tried it in another Laptop that wasn't Windows 10 (as there is some online suggestions that that may be the problem), and it did stay connected, but any attempt to update the driver failed. Any ideas?
  2. A friend of mine just phoned me to say he had purchased Microsoft Home and Business Suite for £210 from PC World. After installing it, he put in the Registration Key but there was a problem. A moment later his phone rang. Low and behold, it was a Microsoft person informing him that he was having troubles which he already knew. He then persuaded my friend to give him remote access to sort out various problems he said was wrong with his Laptop. He said his IP Address had been compromised, and someone was using it to watch 18+ material. He never uses his Laptop for this type of stuff, but agreed with Mr Microsoft that he could fix all problems. This included securing his Internet, removing any unwanted stuff etc etc. He never mentioned any price, but my friend was willing to pay anyway. He was watching the Engineer busy away on his Laptop remotely, but thought it was quite odd when he was logging in to his Paypal account. My friend paid for whatever Software was needed and thought that was it. . My friend thought it was quite weird that after paying for stuff via Paypal, Mr Microsoft went into my friends emails and deleted all emails from Paypal from Inbox and Trash. Remote Access was stopped (he thought). he decided to go into Paypal and change his Password so Mr Microsoft couldn't take anymore money, when he logged in, Mr Microsoft was paying himself $199 for his own time. Fortunately, Paypal flagged up unusual activity and refused the last payment. The bloke says he's ringing back tomorrow to sort any other problems. Advice please.
  3. They took 50 of them upstairs, then narrowed it down to 21, then he filled in a questionnaire He then got took into the Courtroom and was asked if he recognised any of the offenders.. They then narrowed it down to 12 (he is one of them), and 2 on standby.
  4. Thank you for your quick reply. I think we are worried a bit more because he has only been there for 10 months, therefore does not have a full contract. They are fine with him having Jury Duty, but I don't think for a minute they thought the trial can last for over 6 weeks.
  5. Just a bit of advice please. My son started Jury Duty today, and has been placed on a Case that is going to last 6 weeks plus. He's worried about his normal job because he has only been working there for 10 Months. Although it's full time, he is employed through an agency. Can somebody let me know where he stands job wise. Hope this is in the right place. Thanks in advance. SOD'EM
  6. Thank you all for replying. He is Palliative care now, and has been since he was admitted. He can't communicate. or move and really has only hours left (mind you, they said that on Fathers Day and he's still hanging on). But I have been assured that he will not regain consciousness, and will never again be able to express to me his wishes. However, I know where he wants to be buried (he bought a plot for his first wife who unfortunately died when she was 28), and will make sure that happens. I just haven't got a clue what to do then. As I said, I can't really see any of his other children ever appearing. And if that's the case, can I do what I want with the house? Also, without a will etc. How will anybody question anything if no other children appear?
  7. I haven't a clue where to put this because my head is all over the place. My father has had a stroke, and has also got pneumonia. He is now on Palliative care, so it's just a matter of time now. My Dad was a hoarder, so there is a mountain of Paperwork for me to go through, but as far as I know, he has not made a will. He has a Daughter to a previous marriage, but she has had nothing to do with him for many years, and will probably never find out about his death. Then there is my older Brother whom himself has disconnected from our family, and he has not been seen for 15 years or more. Then there is me, the only one who had time for him, and lived nearby. For years I have practically been his carer, but not claiming anything for it. I am the only person who has access to the property, and will have to arrange, and pay for the funeral. His house is not worth much, but is paid outright. I would think that if he had done a will, he would have left everything to me, and I doubt anybody would have contested it. With the above information, does anybody know what happens next, and what I should do? Thanks in advance.
  8. Why would manufacturers do this? Bloody thing cost me over a grand :/
  9. It only lets me make a new partition on drive E: etc. The words 'extend volume' on Drve C: are greyed out.
  10. I have shrunk D, but it won't let me expand C.
  11. Just a quick one guys if you can help. I have just bought a new Laptop with 1TB Storage. The main storage is on D: Drive (934GB) and not C:. Now C: drive is nearly full. Can someone tell me how to transfer space from D to C please. I am using Windows 10. Thanks SOD'EM
  12. I've been asked by my Step Father to enquire about reclaiming Mis-sold PPI by the TSB on a loan he got back in the eighties. I've never had PPI myself so although I know it's a big thing now, I have no clue on the process of claiming. I know it is advised on this site to NOT use a PPI Claims Company because of the charges incurred. What I have been looking for is a Template Letter I could use to print off and maybe help him as best I can. Also, with the TSB now being Lloyds, can he still make a claim? If so, to whom? I also doubt he would know his old account number etc. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
  13. I'm giving it to a friend Bazza. It only cost £20 at a Car Boot Sale. He's out of work, so thought this may help him with his Job Hunting.
  14. Reinstalled Vista from the copy I dowloaded. Everything ok now. Except for all the updates I will now have to do. Thanks guys for all your help.
  15. I copied the iso image using software called 'Rufus' to the pen drive to make Bootable. Pressed F12 on start up and selected USB Drive. It did seem to do the trick as the password wizard came up. It asked me what drive was the password reset disk, so I selected the only one there (Hirens). Then it said 'this is not a password reset disk. I have noticed on the Boot screen (safe mode, normal start etc), the first option is 'Repair your Computer' Maybe that's the problem. I'm downloading a copy of Vista now. I'll try the repai option first. If that doesn't work, I'll just do a full OS Install, and update Drivers from Dell. Just trying to avoid that though, as it takes time.
  16. Just tried Hirens password reset. Got to the password reset wizard part, but it then told me 'this is not a password reset disk' :/
  17. I'll just dig out my flash drive. Think I already have password bypass software on it.
  18. I feel the previous owner must have known a bit or two about computers. I think that the Hidden Admin account has been disabled. There are just the same 2 accounts in both normal mode, and Safe Mode. They both have names of the previous owners. The first one has Admin rights, the other only Basic.
  19. I can get into the laptop by using the 7 digit service code to get Dell to generate a password. Once in, there are 2 accounts. Admin and Basic. Basic needs no password, but Admin does. Once in, I can start CMD Prompt, but not as Admin without a password. I have started it in Safe Mode trying a few things suggested on the Internet, but I can still only see the same 2 accounts. Not the hidden Admin one. I would have to dig around for ages to find a Flash Drive (decorating at the moment, and I haven't got a clue where things are), so I'll hang on to see what dx can do. But thanks again Bazza. PS. Got no original disk as laptop is rather old. Inspiron 1520.
  20. Thanks dx. Unfortunately, the previous owner has left a password protected Admin account on it. I am unable to start cmd prompt in elevated mode without that password.
  21. Well I'm in now, but only under a standard user. Is there anyway to pass the Admin lol?
  22. Brilliant BazzaS. Worked 1st time. Thanks a bundle mate.
  23. I can't access anything with F2, F8 or F12. Just a white screen with black writing asking for a password.
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