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Windows was unable to complete the format

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If you’re having a hard time trying to format your USB pen drive, keep reading. Sometimes when you try to format your USB pen drive, you might get an error message saying ‘Windows was unable to complete the format’. Most of us assume that our pen drives are no longer usable and ditch them.

One cannot narrow down to specific reasons why this error message appears. But, your pen drive is still usable 90% of the time despite this error message. All you have to do is install the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and try formatting your removable drive again.

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April 28th, 2012 at 9:59 am

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Speed Up iTunes Downloads By 500%

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If you use iTunes on Windows to download songs, movies and podcasts, chances are you’re annoyed by poor download speeds and disconnections. Despite having a strong internet connection, you’ll find iTunes suspending a download, sometimes even after it reaches 90%. Most of these iTunes downloads are non-resumable.

Internet Download Manager comes to the rescue, though. You can set IDM to capture your iTunes downloads automatically. IDM speeds up your iTunes downloads by opening multiple connections simultaneously, and it is claimed that IDM could increase download speeds by upto 500%. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can use IDM to increase iTunes download speeds:

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April 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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How to sync selected songs to iPod/iPhone/iPad?

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Those of you who have an iOS device – an iPod, iPhone or an iPad – would frequently use iTunes to sync music and data from your computer. You can use iTunes to sync your entire music library, or just selected playlists. Besides that, you can also sync music videos and voice memos from the music tab that appears in the iTunes window when you connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to your computer.

What if you want to copy a particular song to your iOS device? Discussion boards online mention that you can create a playlist with the song you’d like to transfer and then sync that playlist, but that’s not really necessary.

There’s a way to sync and copy certain songs individually to your iPhone or iPod in iTunes. Here’s how:

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March 3rd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows 8

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If you’re using Windows 7 and if you’d like to get a taste of Windows 8′s interface and features, some third party programs can let you make Windows 7 look like Windows 8. These enhancements are definitely not top-notch, but they can still prove to be nifty nonetheless.

Let’s take a look at some free software that help you make Windows 7 look like Windows 8.

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September 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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How to increase your Android phone’s battery life?

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Android phones are becoming exceedingly popular and almost everyone has one these days. If there is one thing that is common to all Android handsets, it’s the battery life which sucks. Here are eleven sure shot ways to make your phone last longer. These battery-saving tricks can be applied to all Android phones, irrespective of their processor, features etc.

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August 22nd, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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How to restore the Public folder in Dropbox?

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If you are paranoid about backups, you probably have Dropbox installed already. By default, your Dropbox folder contains two folders – photos and public. By right-clicking on any file in the public folder, you could get a link to share that file with your friends via email, Twitter or Facebook.

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August 4th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

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The Complete Guide To Private Browsing

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Private Browsing modes in browsers let you visit web sites without leaving any traces. When you start browsing in private mode in any browser, web browsing history is not recorded. That is, the web sites you visit are not remembered locally and cookies are purged the moment you exit the private browsing mode.

You can use the private browsing mode when you want to browse sites that you wouldn’t want others to know or when you’re just gift-shopping.

To know how to activate the private browsing mode in your preferred browser, choose your browser from the list below and keep reading.

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July 31st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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How to make video calls on Facebook?

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Facebook and Skype introduced video calls today. If you’re wondering how to do it, this step by step guide should get you started!

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July 7th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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Three Teracopy Tips You Should Know

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Teracopy replaces the in built file copying tool in Windows. You may or may not agree upon the fact that it speeds up file copying, but we’re pretty sure it’s much more stable than the default Windows copying utility.

Check out the list below for three tips on putting Teracopy to good use.
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June 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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3 Things To Consider Before Discarding Your Computer

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Are you going to toss away your old computer at home because you just got yourself a shiny new PC, Mac or a laptop? Before discarding it, make sure you read the checklist below. We’ve got some advice for you!
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May 13th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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