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Partition Table Doctor, manage your partition

Partition Table Doctor is a tool for managing Partition tables. Partition Table Doctor is effective when it comes to Partition recovery and hard disk data recovery. This tool was great help for me when I was struggling with Partition errors.

It was a wretched night for me; I was under assumption that entire thing got ruined for a minute. Yes, all the logical hard drivers I’d in my system had gone away after an illegal system shutdown. This was not new to me it has happened in past several times but mostly on the secondary hard disk which I don’t use anymore. I was totally astonished when the error occurred in my primary hard disk. It was horrible experience since I didn’t have a backup on the data, which I had in my primary drive 🙂

I tried few basic troubleshooting steps; but nothing seemed to work. So I started searching for a good solution for recover my logical partition. Finally this tool Partition Table Doctor stopped me. Partition Table Doctor sounded promising to me and I decided to give a try.

Partition Table Doctor ScreenshotThanks to Partition Table Doctor, it saved lot of my efforts that I had to spend on the recovery process. They had automatic recovery option that was a great feature. I was able to fix up most of the partitions using automatic recovery expect one. I had to fix it using manual recovery process, which was lot easier too. The tool was so handy and came in right time for me. If you’re one stuck up in similar problem don’t get panic just rebuild the partition table. It would work is most of the cases.

But I would recommend you to backup you partition tables, master boot records (MBR) into other media. Partition Table Doctor also has option for backing up this information or you can use any other tool.

Quick Feature List:

  • Recover deleted or lost partition
  • Fix boot sectors errors
  • Backup / Restore MBR, partition table and boot sectors
  • Easy to manage Partitions
  • Surface Test
  • and other advanced features…

Partition Table Doctor is really a great product when it comes to managing partitions.
Bottom line, Prevention is better than cure so backup your sensitive data in regular interval.

Update: I have reposted this on 06/22/07 with more information on PTD

Tips to speed up bittorrent download


Tips to tweak the torrent client to speed up the torrent download rate.

The new file sharing protocol bittorrent has changed everything when it comes to file sharing. It is a great platform for downloading large files. Sharing of files is so simple and file types are not restricted which include movies, iso images and MP3. Even illegal file sharing is getting popular because of this.

The Bittorrent system can be slow at times so let us tweak bittorrent sharing program a little bit.

There are a bunch of different bittorrent clients that you can download. I personally prefer BitCommet and uTorrent.

Here I’ll explain how to speed up uTorrent Client. Similar can be implemented on any other torrent clients of you’re favorite.

Step 1: (For Windows XP only)

You need to increase the number of TCP connections that are allowed at max.Windows XP Service Pack 2 came with the number of allowed open connections to 10. This is to stop any piece of spyware(inour case bittorent client even) from totally taking over your internet connection. TCP connection allowed should be 50 for optimal performance. The best way to increase the maximum number of connections is to apply patch that is available at This step has to be redone whenever new service pack is installed to your computer.

Step 2:

The little tweak to the torrent client works great in certain times. If you’re using uTorrent go to Options menu then Preferences. In the Preferences go the Advanced Options. In the advanced options change the net.max_halfopen connections to 80. In the same section change the max half open tcp connections to 80. Once your done click on OK and you are all set. This tweak will let the maximum TCP connection available for the bittorrent client. Now start downloading you’ll realize a little difference in the download speed.

You can also use port forwarding technique which is more effective that this.

Remove Ads in Yahoo Messenger

Tweak to remove the annoying ads that is displayed in Yahoo Messenger chat and web-cam window.

If you have installed the newest Yahoo Messenger 8.0 or Yahoo Messenger 7.5 you’ll notice a very annoying animated ad at the bottom of the main window, web-cam & chatroom etc.. I’m sure it’s hard to resist to Yahoo’s update dialogs. Here is a simple how-to tutorial to remove ads in Yahoo Messenger 7.5 and higher.

Save the below code with .reg extension

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
"Messenger Ad"="*"
"Webcam Upload Ad"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Bid"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Medium"="*"
"Change Room Banner"="*"
"Conf Adurl"="*"
"Chat Adurl"="*"

then double click the file to update the registry with new settings for Yahoo Messenger.

or alternatively Open Regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Yahoo\pager\YUrl and create a new string value named Messenger Ad that has the value * (an asterisk). Similarly create the following keys and assign '*' as the value.

Webcam Upload Ad
Webcam Viewer Ad
Webcam Viewer Ad Big
Webcam Viewer Ad Medium
Change Room Banner
Conf Adurl
Chat Adurl

Now you will not see ads anymore in your yahoo messenger.. 🙂

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