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What Is A PC Driver?

Your computer contains all kinds of hardware, such as disk drives, DVD/CD-ROM drives, network adapters, and sound and video cards, as well as external devices, such as printers, keyboards, monitors, and USB drives. When you install an operating system (OS), such as Windows or Linux, that OS needs to be able to talk to the hardware in your computer to display items, play sounds and videos, and write data to and read data from an external drive, as well as other tasks.

That’s where drivers come in. A driver is a small piece of software that acts as a translator between a device and the OS and programs that use the device. The driver tells the OS, and installed software programs, how to talk to the hardware in your computer. For example, when you buy a printer, it usually comes with a driver on a CD (or, in recent years, a URL for download the latest driver software from the internet) that tells the OS how to print information on each page. Without the driver, the printer will not know how to interpret the data sent to it, if the data even makes it to the printer.

NOTE: Many drivers such as keyboard drivers and mouse drivers are already installed with the OS when you buy a computer.

The drivers installed in your system to talk to the devices are managed using the Device Manager. To access the Device Manager in Windows 7, enter “device manager” (without the quotes) in the Search box on the Start menu. Click on the Device Manager link under Control Panel.

All your hardware device categories, such as Display adapters, DVD/CD-ROM drives, and Mice and other pointing devices, are listed and the specific devices are listed below each heading.

If you are having trouble with a device, it’s helpful to know the version of the driver currently installed in your system. You may need to email this information to the manufacturer, or tell them over the phone. It’s also helpful if you are trying to find a solution yourself on the internet on various sites and forums.

  • To find out the version of a driver, right-click on the driver in the Device Manager and select Properties from the popup menu.

On the Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab. The Driver Provider, Date, Version, and Signer are listed. You can find out more information about the driver using the Driver Details button. Notice that you can also update the driver from this tab, disable the driver, uninstall the driver, and even roll back the driver software to the previously installed version, in case an update caused a problem with the device.

 

Stress-free Utility Software

Users will surely be happy knowing that they can finally restore their lost files and applications using recovery utility software. There are so many factors that can lead to losing or damaging your file and you can use this recovery utility tool to deal with all of those triggering factors. There are numerous tools that are intentionally designed to recover deleted or lost files, and it may range from paid applications to free ware. The tools may also vary based on its ability to restore important files of any format.

When the user accidentally delete a data or the user gets infected with a malicious software and the sudden virus attack damages or deleted your files, the first thing that a user might probably do is to edit the existing file or make a new file.

In case of data loss, refraining one’s self to creating files will dramatically boosts the chances of being able to restore the deleted files. Running a simple disk defragmentation will damage your lost files. Thus, if you are using Windows as your operating system, and have set Windows diaphragms software to operate, then you have to switch the schedule of the defragmentation run immediately until you already restored all the deleted files that you wish to get back.

To choose the best recovery utility software that will restore all your deleted files, you need to have a better understanding about how computer systems store files. The computer’s file management system basically consists of two parts. The first part is used to keep all the files and the other part is used to record information that will map the location of the files on a storage device. When files were removed, the computer’s operating system will just mark the portion of the inbox table as empty and free for use. The original file was never removed out of the system but it was just overwritten by a new files or a new update of the existing file.

Using recovery utility software can help users avoid all the hassles and stress of losing your important files. And using the utility tool will lighten up all the loads and will make it easy for the user to restore the lost files. This utility tool will guide you through the entire recovery procedure and also help and manage your data appropriately.

There are plenty of reasons why it is one of the best solutions for data recovery to most users, and these include the following:

  • It makes recovering data easier.
  • The utility software will help the user to save money and time in paying for the service charges of most data recovery providers.
  • It is very convenient and user-friendly.
  • It can help users to deal with deleted partitions which are already erased from the computer hard drive.
  • Users can still recover their lost files caused by unexpected power failure or reformatted computer hard drive.
  • The utility tool can also be helpful during software failure.
  • Recovery utility software is very helpful in reconstructing and recovering your RAID.