Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Change The System Partition to Different Disk in Windows 8

Recently ( I know it’s late) I have switched to Windows 8 from Windows 7 completely and physically. I was having two physical hard disks and Windows 7 64 bit and 32 bit on each disks. One more new hard disk was added for Windows 8 and it worked great. But, my main idea was to utilize other old physical disks space and get rid of Windows 7 completely. There was a catch and I stuck. Even though I have booted my computer from Windows 8 (from newly added hard disk), I could not format a particular partition which was created earlier while installing Windows 7 on different disk. That was the ‘System’ partition on my computer.

I had to make another partition as system partition to be able to format the particular partition. In this small guide I show how to change the system partition to different disk in Windows 8.

By the way, what is System partition?, System partition is the one having the information which will be read firstly by booting process, basically it tells the hardware to where to look for Windows booting files. You can find more information here at Microsoft.

In my case even though I have connected the new hard disk on SATA 0 port, that’s why the disk has become Disk 0, but the Disk 1 was having the system partition earlier. I missed to take the screenshot before the changes, but I’m sure below screenshot will give an idea how it was.

how was it before
I found several suggestions on internet to change the system partition to different disk, but they did not work. Here is the easy way I found to change the system partition to different disk on Windows 8.

Change The System Partition to Different Disk in Windows 8

1) Restart the Windows 8 computer and login to BIOS.
2) Change the hard disk boot priority. Make the hard disk where you want to have system partition as first boot hard disk.
In my example, Disk 1 (SATA Port 1) was set as the first boot hard disk. I changed Disk 0 ( SATA port 0) as the first boot hard disk.
Save the BIOS changes and reboot the machine.
3) Do not panic, probably your Windows 8 will not boot now. Because there is no system partition (or information) on the first boot hard drive now. You need to have Windows 8 bootable DVD to boot the machine.
4) Boot the machine with Windows 8 DVD and select ‘Advanced options’ under Troubleshoot. Here you need to select ‘Automatic Repair’.

Select windows 8 startup repair advanced startup repair windows 8
Windows 8 will automatically detect and repair the startup issues, I assume during this process it makes the first partition of first boot hard disk as ‘System’ partition.
5) Once repair completed and rebooted successfully, you can use Windows 8 without any issues. Now if you go to disk manager, you could see that System partition had been moved to different disk where you wanted.

Now you can format or delete the other partition which was system partition earlier. In this way I successful managed to move the system partition in Windows 8 to different hard disk/partition.

moved partition
I hope this helps someone Smile

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free iPhone apps as Social Networking Tools for Professionals

In order to allow the business person to build new business relationships and generate business opportunities at the same time, Social Networking is needed.Professional Networking  is a type of social networking that is focused solely on interactions and relationships of a business Nature. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know – Find them here.

If you need an outlet for your creative project to upload and share portfolios and galleries as well as view others all in one impressive place or searching for tool that makes easier to find other people and network with them, then the following top 5 iPhone apps for finding new people, conferencing that allows you to attend meetings, invite others via emails or sms, gonna help you a lot.

Sparks – Discover New People

Sparks is the ideal app for finding new people when you’re at a large professional gathering. The app allows you to connect and chat with others that are close by, as well as follow anyone you think looks interesting. The cool interface that allows you to drag and drop profiles around is also a plus.
Easy to be used to your advantage, work-wise.


The leading name in professional networks, the LinkedIn app was given a massive overhaul recently. It now means that as well as being able to add and converse with your various connections, you can also view messages and invitations to connect with other users. There is also the Updates section to track the latest business news. This is your professional hub.

Now has the interface to match its functionality.

Todo Pro

Apple’s own Reminders app is a decent enough tool for creating basic to-to lists and alerting you to specified chores, so why do you need another task management app? Because Todo Pro really throws the kitchen sink at all functions anyone would ever require from such an app, and yet still somehow manages to end up as a free  release. You can construct task lists with the vaguest or the most intricate of details, categorise your tasks instantly  apply geo-fencing to get reminders based on location, and much more. So good it should be your default taskmaster.

A bulging set of features and incredible attention to detail.


A great app for meeting new contracts when you’re out of the office, CanWeNetwork allows you to sign up for events and then connect with fellow attendees recommended by the app. The app can be synced with your LinkedIn account, so you can use your existing contacts and business network in order to find new ones that suit you.

A very clever way of making new connections, using LinkedIn to streamline the process.


A cool new mobile network that revolves around your Facebook account to suggest new connections that you may want to make. As well as notifying you when contacts are close by – ideal for arranging that quick business lunch, Highlight will also give you a nudge when someone deemed interesting to you appears in your area.

A cool new idea that will need its community to keep growing if it is to take off completely.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

HomeSoftware8 Best OCR apps for iOS

Optical Character Recognition is the wonder technology that was supposed to deliver us the paperless office. The promise of OCR was to convert all our paper documents into digital form. Despite our best efforts, paper continues to arrive on desks, and the chore of feeding each sheet into a scanner, then filing the result, has proved just too much effort for most of us to cope with. Even dedicated scanners like the PaperPort, which sit neatly behind your keyboard and process one page at a time, haven’t been enough to free us from the deluge of printed material.

With the enhanced cameras now ability to scan documents on the go – and to store them neatly and conveniently in a compact, readable and highly searchable manner. The principle is straight forward: you photograph a page of text with your iphone, and the app turns the result into readable text.
Most of the apps featured will work with any iOS device, including the iPod touch and iPad, but do check the requirements in the App Store before you buy. So, here are the 8 best OCR apps for your iOS devices.

8. Text Grabber $3 approx.
Text Grabber can recognise a huge range of languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh, and can translate scanned text from one language to another. It not only word-wraps perfectly, but even interprets hyphenated words at the ends of lines and joins them together again, which is a real bonus.

7. Doc Scanner $3 approx.
Doc Scanner is a big on auto detection: it will detect the document edges and document type, and even wait until you’re holding your device steady to take a photo. but its algorithms are off-kilter. while trying to frame the image in the iOS window, a dancing red outline leaps all over the place. It can’t be set manually.
It did word-wrap the document and can recognise text in several languages, but needs a long hold on the OCR button before it will perform its task. Scanned images can be emailed ad PDFs, but plain text must be copied and pasted out.

6. Imageto Text Free
This curious app has the simplest interface of all: you can take a new photo or choose one from your library, and then you just press the button to convert it. you’re given the opportunity to send the resulting text to Evernote, or by email. at no point are you allowed to view the text directly, which means the only way you can copy it into another is first to email it to yourself.
Imageto Text was the most accurate app of the lot in terms of character recognition errors, but fail to word-wrap.

5. Mobile OCR free
This free app recognises English, German, french, Spanish and thai; a paid version ($3 approx.) adds 25 more languages. There’s no way to square up the image after capture, which makes recognition less accurate unless you’re extremely careful.
Mobile OCR couldn’t word-wrap lines, or deal with hyphens at the ends of lines. The resulting text, couldn’t be saved or emailed, only copied and pasted into another app.

4. Quick Reader $.99
QuickReader is heavy on choices, with no less than 13 buttons offered on the opening screen, including those for sharing results with Twitter and Facebook. for an iPhone app, this is pretty cluttered. This is one of the few products that allowed editing of text directly within the app. Files have to be given a name before they can be saved or emailed.
It cannot word wrap line endings and had trouble with drop cap.

3. Skootch $.99
Skootch has a friendly interface –  so friendly it won’t let you begin until you’ve told it your email address. It shows the captured image behind a square selection area, but a page of text is likely to extend above and below this, so skootch helpfully advices you to ‘Move and scale’ it. But although we could enlarge the text, we couldn’t reduce it enough to fit in the square, so the bottom few lines of the text can be missed. There’s no word wrap and had trouble with drop cap.

2. Prizmo $11 approx.
With the highest price tag, Prizmo offered the most features. The image can be rotated, cropped and adjusted for perspective, and separate White Picker and content slider help convert it to pure black and white.
The text can be translated between languages, copied, emailed or sent to Dropbox, Evernote or the cloud. There’s even a function for reading it aloud, using more or less naturalistic voices available for $2 each approx.

1. Perfect OCR $4 approx.
Although it can work with a single shot, Perfect OCR prefers to use its ‘SureScan 3x’ technique to optimise the photographed image. this involves you taking not one but three separate shots of the page you want to convert. after capture, a single image is shown – presumably a composite of your three shots – with a strong ruby overlay. you adjust the corners of the overlay to form a frame around the scan, thus squaring it up to enable better recognition. Next, the image is shown squared-up and in stark black and white, with five button for you to identify the blackest text with the least show-through from the page behind. Only after completing these steps will the app proceed to interpret the text. It word wrapped correctly and outperformed all the other apps by a wide margin and proved that if it’s not quite perfect, it’s the next best thing.