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Make a Drive Image Using an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-11-[16-46-59].png" />Cloning a hard drive is useful, but what if you have to make several copies, or you just want to make a complete backup of a hard drive? Drive images let you put everything, and we mean everything, from your hard drive in one big file.

Clone a Hard Drive Using an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-08-[19-14-45].jpg" />Whether you’re setting up multiple computers or doing a full backup, cloning hard drives is a common maintenance task. Don’t bother burning a new boot CD or paying for new software – you can do it easily with your Ubuntu Live CD.

How to Make Ubuntu Play MP3 Files

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-07-[03-44-41].png" />Because of licensing issues, Ubuntu is unable to play MP3s out of the box. We’ll show you how to play MP3s and other restricted file formats in about four mouse clicks.

How to Browse Without a Trace with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-31-[22-25-37].png" />No matter how diligently you clear your cache and erase your history, web browsing leaves traces on your computer. If you need keep your browsing private, then an Ubuntu Live CD is the answer.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-24-[16-59-10].png" />Even with the best backup solution, a hard drive crash means you’ll lose a few hours of work. By enabling drive mirroring in Windows 7, you’ll always have an up-to-date copy of your data.

Remove Ubuntu or XP from the Windows 7 Boot Menu

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-23-[20-13-53].png" />If you’ve ever used a dual-boot system and then removed one of the operating systems, it can still show up in Windows 7’s boot menu. We’ll show you how to get rid of old entries and speed up the boot process.

Use Any Folder For Your Ubuntu Desktop (Even a Dropbox Folder)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-20-[00-08-15].png" />By default, Ubuntu creates a folder called Desktop in your home directory that gets displayed on your desktop. What if you want to use something else, like your Dropbox folder? Here we look at how to use any folder for your desktop.

Move Files from a Failing PC with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-13-[19-10-01].png" />You’ve loaded the Ubuntu Live CD to salvage files from a failing system, but where do you store the recovered files? We’ll show you how to connect to external drives, hard drives on the same PC, a Windows home network, and other locations.

Remove the Lock Icon from a Folder in Windows 7, 8, or 10

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-12-[19-36-32].png" />If you’ve been playing around with folder sharing or security options, then you might have ended up with an unsightly lock icon on a folder. We’ll show you how to get rid of that icon without over-sharing it.

How to Format a USB Drive in Ubuntu Using GParted

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-11-[00-36-53].png" />If a USB hard drive or flash drive is not properly formatted, then it will not show up in the Ubuntu Places menu, making it hard to interact with. We’ll show you how to format a USB drive using the tool GParted.

How to Increase the VMWare Boot Screen Delay

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-07-[00-05-27].png" />If you’ve wanted to try out a bootable CD or USB flash drive in a virtual machine environment, you’ve probably noticed that VMWare’s offerings make it difficult to change the boot device. We’ll show you how to change these options.

Diagnose PC Hardware Problems with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-05-[04-03-01]-[1].png" />So your PC randomly shuts down or gives you the blue screen of death, but you can't figure out what's wrong. The problem could be bad memory or hardware related, and thankfully the Ubuntu Live CD has some tools to help you figure it out.

Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[01-31-47].png" />There are lots of utilities to recover deleted files, but what if you can’t boot up your computer, or the whole drive has been formatted? We’ll show you some tools that will dig deep and recover the most elusive deleted files, or even whole hard drive partitions.

Use an Ubuntu Live CD to Securely Wipe Your PC’s Hard Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-16-[17-17-58].jpg" />Have you ever given or sold a PC to somebody else, but really wanted to completely wipe the hard drive first? Today we'll show you how to use an Ubuntu Live CD to get your personal information off your PC.

Scan a Windows PC for Viruses from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-05-[16-36-29].jpg" />Getting a virus is bad. Getting a virus that causes your computer to crash when you reboot is even worse. We’ll show you how to clean viruses from your computer even if you can’t boot into Windows by using a virus scanner in a Ubuntu Live CD.

Change or Reset Windows Password from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-04-[15-15-41].png" />If you can’t log in even after trying your twelve passwords, or you’ve inherited a computer complete with password-protected profiles, worry not – you don’t have to do a fresh install of Windows. We’ll show you how to change or reset your Windows password from a Ubuntu Live CD.

Recover Deleted Files on an NTFS Hard Drive from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-27-[15-33-31].png" />Accidentally deleting a file is a terrible feeling. Not being able to boot into Windows and undelete that file makes that even worse. Fortunately, you can recover deleted files on NTFS hard drives from an Ubuntu Live CD.

Make Your Coworker’s Day in Ubuntu

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-23-[23-58-14].jpg" />It can be difficult to express your appreciation for your coworkers in person – what if they take it the wrong way, or think you’re fishing for a compliment of your own? If you use Ubuntu in your office, here’s a quick way to show your appreciation while avoiding the social pitfalls of face-to-face communication.

Create a Bootable Ubuntu 9.10 USB Flash Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-21-[20-37-59].jpg" />The Ubuntu Live CD isn’t just useful for trying out Ubuntu before you install it, you can also use it to maintain and repair your Windows PC. Even if you have no intention of installing Linux, every Windows user should have a bootable Ubuntu USB drive on hand in case something goes wrong in Windows.

Getting Started With SMPlayer on Ubuntu (to Play Movies Better)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-03-02-[19-42-34].png" />While the quantity of media players on Ubuntu may be low, the quality is as high as any other operating system. SMPlayer, which we have previously recommended for Windows, is also available for Linux. We’ll show you how to install, configure, and start using the latest version of SMPlayer.

Fix Windows Update Errors by Letting ActiveX Traffic Through

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-17-[16-59-09].png" />When Windows Updates fail, the error codes returned are designed to make it easier to fix connectivity problems, but are often times useless. Here we’ll show how to fix connectivity problems by allowing ActiveX traffic through your router.

How To Fix Sound Issues in Ubuntu 9.10

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-17-[00-35-10].png" />Many users have had problems with audio upon upgrading from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10. This How-To will show you how to fix some of those audio issues.

Getting Started with SMPlayer on Windows (to Play Movies Better)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-15-[16-18-25].png" />There are lots of video players out there, but one that we think gets overlooked is SMPlayer. It can do anything other video players can do and even more – like remembering where you left off in case you get interrupted during a movie.