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Yahoo Email and Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

I read this question online recently:

I am upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7. How do I back up my Yahoo! emails and do I need to do it?

If you have a free Yahoo! email account then there is no need to back up your emails because the emails are stored on Yahoo!’s servers and not your computer.

If you have a paid Yahoo! email account, called Yahoo! Mail Plus, which costs $19.99 per year, then it is possible that you could be downloading email messages to your computer with a program such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Eudora, or some other program or email client.

Generally, when you are upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 there is no need to erase your hard drive. When the hard drive is erased it is usually referred to as a “clean install”. While it’s always good idea to do a backup before an upgrade, it isn’t necessary. When upgrading from XP to Windows 7 the hard drive must be erased, so this is a case where it would be a good idea to have a backup of some sort.

Still, if you want to take the precaution of doing a backup, go to a computer store and get yourself an external USB drive such as a MyPassport from Western Digital and use the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to copy important files to the external drive. For more info on Windows Easy Transfer go here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/easy-transfer.aspx

For more info on upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 go here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7

Portable DVD and CD Drive for $40


I run a computer repair and service business apart from my blogging activities here at Skylarking. Often enough my clients have damaged CD or DVD drives which prevent me from loading my diagnostic softare onto their systems. Or perhaps they’ve purchased a new application, such as Office 2007, and they are having difficulty installing it becuase they have a defective drive.


In such a case I need to use my own external drive. I recently acquired a new external and portable DVD and CD drive from TigerDirect.com. The one I’ve purchased is the Lite-On ETDU10896 External Slim DVD ROMicon which costs only $40. It’s been working great for me. Most recently I used it to transfer some files from a client’s old computer to their new computer. I also used it to reinstall Microsoft Windows Vista for another client; their hard drive had recently failed.

liteondriveI also ordered the 1 year replacement plan on the drive for $15, so if anything goes wrong with it after the manufacturer’s 12 month warranty runs out, TigerDirect.com will send me a new or similar one. So I’m covered for two years total. Not bad for a $40 drive. I wish my car could go so far on $40.

This drive is a “plug and play” drive, which means you just plug it in to the USB port of your computer and it works. Your computer will automatically recognize it as a CD/DVD drive with no help from you. It has only one cable so there are no questions of “Where does this go?”

This drive isn’t used for recording or burning disks, but it will read many different formats including writeable and rewriteable disks such as DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R9, DVD-R9, CD-R, CD-RW. It doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall outlet as it receives all the power it needs from its USB connection.