How to partition a hard drive

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

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David Beanblossom asked how to split a hard drive into multiple partitions.

When we talk about "drives" labeled C:, D:, and so forth, we're actually talking about partitions, sections of the physical drive. Every hard drive in use has at least one partition. You can shrink that partition and create new ones out of the extra space. You'll find this useful if you want to install more than one operating system, or if you want to truly separate programs and data.

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Clean up your public Internet profile

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Maggs2378 found personal information "on one of those 'people search' web sites" and wants to know how to get it removed.

Removing your private information from one site isn't particularly difficult, but it can be a hassle. You have to go to the site, search for your own name, and make sure you're there. Then you have to find the site's privacy policy page and read it carefully--a task that isn't always easy if you're not a lawyer. Then you have to follow the instructions.

When you're done, it's time to go on to the next site.

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How to change users in Windows 8

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

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Oraldo Morales Ceballos recently moved to Windows 8, and can't figure out how to log off as one user and log on as another.

If you share your PC with another person, you know that logging off one account and logging onto another is faster than rebooting. You also know that switching between accounts is even faster.

But in Windows 8, the option isn't where experienced Windows users would expect it to be. It's yet another case of Microsoft making things easier for novice users at the expense of everyone else. The company renamed and moved these options in a way that actually makes sense. But for experienced Windows hands, there's a slight learning curve.

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When your PC doesn't recognize a 2nd drive

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Creeds installed an old hard drive into a new machine as a second drive. The PC froze at the Windows logon. So Creeds unplugged and replugged the drive. Now the PC boots, but it doesn't see the newly-installed old drive.

When you installed the old drive, your BIOS probably decided that that was the first drive--the one that boots. So it attempted to boot your old version of Windows and ran into trouble. Remember that when you install Windows, it configures itself to your specific hardware. Boot one PC's hard drive inside another and you're bound to have problems. (For more on this, see How to move to a new PC.)

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How to create an exciting, artificial-looking photo

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

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PHollisPhotos asked the Photo Editing forum how to give a sports photo a certain look, like an illustration with a black-and-white background.

You can do this with most good photo editors, although the exact look will depend on the filters and effects available, and your own choices. The instructions below are for two consumer-oriented editors--Photoshop Elements (PE), which is my personal favorite, and Photo Pos Pro (Pos), which is free.

But be careful if you install either of these. If you don't pay attention, both may try to install additional programs you may not want.

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How to change your email address without losing your friends

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When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Mohammad Anwar has to change his email address. He asked for advice on handling the transition.

Think of all the places where your old email address resides, outside of your immediate control, waiting to give people plenty of false information. There are other people's address books, old messages in people's inboxes, Web sites that use your address as your logon name, and your business cards.

Changing your email address can be quite a chore.

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How to make room on your Windows partition

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

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Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

I'm going to concentrate here on recovering disc space in Windows and your applications, but not in your libraries. If you keep separate Windows and data partitions (which I heartily recommend), following the advice below could significantly improve space on drive C: (the Windows partition). If you keep everything on one big partition, it will still help, but not as dramatically.

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