How can I get Windows to see my new hard drive? (Part 1)

Episode 995

Asher from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Asher got a 2TB Seagate hard drive but after installing it, he just gets an error message saying it can't be read. When he initializes it and partitions it, he gets another error of being unable to write to it. Leo says that it sounds like the hard drive is just plain broken, or the USB interface to the external drive is defective. More likely, it's just DOA and Asher needs to contact Seagate or Best Buy to return it.

Should I upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Episode 972

Douglas from Paris, CA

Doug wants to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. He does audio recording with Audacity. Leo says that Windows 8 is essentially Windows 7 with a metro, tablet interface. Leo has taken Windows 8 and changed it to look like Windows 7 with a utility called StarDock. This is helpful because Windows 7 is getting harder to find, especially on a new computer. If he decides to get a touch screen computer, then Windows 8 is fine. If it's annoying for him, he can always get StarDock to make it work like Windows 7.

Stardock Gives Windows 8 a More Classic Look

Episode 971

As everyone knows, Leo's not much of a fan of Windows 8's "Modern UI" interface. So, for $10, he installed Stardock. Now he gets all the functions of Windows 8, but with the layout of Windows 7, and it's just as fast.

Leo has heard that Windows 8.1 will bring back the start button and will allow users to natively boot into the desktop, rather than having the Modern UI forced upon them.