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FREE .co.za domain name registration with all new hosting packages in May

Free domain name registrationPlett Web Hosting is offering one FREE .co.za domain name registration with all new hosting packages ordered in May.

We wanted to offer this a month ago, on the first of April, but we figured people would think it was an April Fools joke, so we waited till now to bring you this great special.

The deal is, with every new hosting package ordered from 1 May to 31 May, you’ll get a .co.za domain name of your choice absolutely FREE! That’s a saving of R119.00!

Choose from one of our 4 standard packages:

  1. Budget (250Mb + 1 email) @ R490/yr
  2. Basic (500Mb + 2 emails) @ R590/yr
  3. Standard (1Gb + 5 emails) @ R790.00/yr
  4. Business (2Gb + 10 emails) @ R1,090.00/yr

To get your free domain name simply email brendon@plettwebhosting.co.za or call Brendon on 082 489 2655 for more details.

 

How to clone your HDD to SSD if you get error ‘No Bootable Device’ found

I’ve had a huge battle since yesterday cloning my dead slow 1Tb HDD to a 120Gb SSD. Why? No, not because of the size difference, but because once I’d cloned the system drive from the HDD onto the SSD, Windows wouldn’t recognize the new SSD as a boot drive!

I kept getting this error: No Bootable Device found

No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

I tried Googling to find out how to rectify the problem but only got half solutions, misinformation, and misleading, hard-to-follow fixes (no offence to the previous people who had posted them in good faith) which all resulted in dead ends.

At this point, let me mention that you can clone your old HDD to a smaller SSD but only if the system files take up less space than the SSD. I know that seems obvious, but I’m just clarifying that because my 1Tb HDD had been partitioned, so the system drive (c:) was only about 80Gb, which is why I said it would fit on the new SSD. All my other files would have to be on an external hard drive, but let’s not get into that now.

easeus todo cloning softwareOh, let’s go back another step and let me explain something else: The reason I wanted to clone my HDD to my SSD was to avoid having to reinstall all my programs and setting up my whole system again. So I tried using EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.2 cloning software, which was the right way to go, but I was doing something wrong. I had downloaded and installed EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.2, hooked up my new SSD in an external case to the USB 3.0 port, and was following the instructions in the software to clone the existing HDD system drive to the SSD.

Eventually, today, with my appetite for trial and error and my paitence-o-mometer hugely depleted, I suddently hit a mild eureka moment!

What if I did a fresh install of Windows onto the SSD (to created a bootable disk) and then clone the old HDD’s system drive onto the new SSD’s system drive… basically overwrite it!!!

How I arrived at this took, as I said, a lot of trial and error. But basically, I had realised that the old HDD had about three small 100Mb drives on it (that Windows makes by itself) and these weren’t being copied over onto my SSD when the cloning took place.

So! That’s what I did… but not without first battling to get the laptop to boot off the Windows 8.1 DVD. To get the computer to boot off the Windows 8.1 DVD you need to hold down the F12 key to force the machine to allow you to choose the boot from DVD option.

Well I hope I’ve kept your interest long enough, because I know I’ve rambled on a bit, but hopefully my problem above, when it’s indexed by Google, might help you to find the solution below. Yes there was method in my madness, so don’t flame me just yet.

The Solution

What you will need:

  1. An existing computer with HDD (hard disk drive)
  2. Your Windows OS DVD
  3. A new SSD (solid state drive)
  4. An external drive case with USB connector
  5. EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.2 cloning software (free download)

Then follow this process:

Step 1: Remove the existing HDD from your computer and install the SSD in its place.

Step 2: Insert your Windows OS DVD into the DVD drive.

Step 3: Turn on your machine and hit F2 if you need to select a boot device. Then hit F10 to save and exit. After the machine restarts, hold down the F12 key to force the machine to allow you to choose the boot from DVD option.

Step 4: When the black screen says “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD”, press a key (yes any key).

Step 5: Delete the existing partitions (if any) and create a new drive/partition. Install Windows on the SSD. It will create a bootable drive and a couple of other small drives (hidden in Windows Explorer).

Step 6: Once Windows has finished installing (on a SSD it’s pretty quick – should be less than 30 minutes), power down and remove the SSD from the computer. Remove the Windows DVD too.

Step 7: Install your HDD again and attach your SSD in the external drive case via USB to the computer.

Step 8: Power up, and your existing HDD will load Windows.

Step 9: Download and install EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.2 cloning software on your existing HDD’s copy of Windows. Once installed, click run.

Step 10. Using the cloning software, select the C: Drive on the HDD as the source, and click proceed. Select the largest drive on your SSD as the destination and click ‘Clone’. The software will run the cloning process which should last about 30 minutes (depending on the size of your system drive).

easus-sourceeasus-destination

Step 11: Once the cloning is finished, shut down your computer, remove the HDD and insert the SSD. Power up.

Step 12: Windows will now attempt to repair the installation. Follow this process, and within less than a minute you should load into your original version of Windows on your SSD!

Congratulations! If you followed this closely you should hopefully have been successful!

If you have any comments or queries, reply below… you may get help, and/or you may just help someone else!

 

PlettTube

Plett Videos on PlettTube

Where do I go when I want to watch video clips on Plett? The obvious answer is YouTube, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. YouTube probably hosts the largest number of video clips on the planet, so it makes sense that if you’re looking for a video you’ll find it there. But once you’re on YouTube, that’s when you search has only just begun. Try sifting through the billions of hours of video footage and you could be in for a long afternoon, so you’d better have enough popcorn ready.

Plett Downhill Rage 2014

Plett Downhill Rage 2014

Speaking of which, popcorn is good for cleaning your teeth. Not so good for your blood pressure if you like it salty like I do! But I digress. We’re here to discuss video clips and how to find them. And that’s where PlettTube enters the conversation. Plett what? Well, chances are if you’re reading this article you’ve heard of Plett, the peaceful seaside town that everyone from locals to holiday makers to foreigners like to call home (or at least their second home). If you’ve visited Plett, you’ll feel like a local and you’ll want to come back. Apologies, once again I’m having difficulty staying on topic. The videos: You’re searching for clips on Plett and YouTube is looking like the proverbial haystack. Enter PlettTube, the only web resource dedicated to showing quality videos about our awesome holiday village.

Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

So, who is PlettTube aimed at? Well, it’s for the holidaymaker who’s planning a trip to Plett and wondering what activities are on offer. It’s for the couple planning a weekend getaway who want to visit during a wine festival. It’s for the sporting enthusiast who’s preparing for a cycle race in the area. But it’s also just for the annual visitor who needs a mid-year fix of that Plett feeling. All they need to do is visit www.pletttube.com and they’ll find a bunch of quality videos for every category you can think of.

And it’s for you! The person who just wants to share their Plett experience with the world; because PlettTube allows you to register and share your YouTube and Vimeo clips on it. And once you’ve registered you can comment on videos, like, and share them on Facebook and other social media.

Plett Color Run

Plett Color Run

But the best part about it is you don’t need two hands to watch video clips on PlettTube - you just need one hand to click. This allows your other hand to concentrate on the snacks… so it looks like you’ll need that batch of popcorn after all!

Plett - It's a Feeling!

Plett Web Hosting for Tourism

Plett - It's a Feeling!For the past year Plett Web Hosting has been proudly hosting the official website of Plett Tourism (www.pletttourism.com) and providing updates and maintenance on their website. We’ve really enjoyed being part of the new “Plett – It’s a feeling” campaign which launched in about April 2013.

Things got even better when, in August, we were asked to design and develop their new website, which is planned to launch in November 2013. With only a few weeks to come up with a new design theme, and even less time to implement the actual development, things have been pretty frantic in the office!

But we’re making great headway and we’re super excited about the way things are turning out! We can’t show you a preview of the site just yet (that’s top secret), but we can tell you that we think it’s going to blow you away with a whole new visual experience, much better layout of all the great accommodation Plett has to offer, a brand new way of showcasing all the fantastic activities Plett has hidden away, as well as an awesome new Events and Festivals section so that tourists and locals can find out exactly what’s on in Plett at a glance.

Phew, after that mouthful, we need to get back to work! So watch this space – Tourism in Plett is getting a face lift, and we’re at the coal face making it all happen online!

Plett – It’s a feeling!

FREE domain name Special Offer

Free domain name registrationUntil the end of October 2013 we’re offering a FREE domain name registration with all Standard Hosting Accounts purchased.

Just mention the code FREEDOMAIN when you enquire and we’ll knock off the price of a .co.za domain name registration (R109.00) when you set up a new hosting account (R690.00 per yr).

Normal cost = R109.00. You only pay for the web hosting account!

Valid till the end of October 2013, so sign up now!

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