BitLocker using all of your hard drive space?

Today, I set up a new laptop for a user. As a standard practice, we always BitLock the laptops that we issue out. I was in the middle of copying the user’s data over and it kindly hung while I was BitLocking at the same time. The files finally copied over, and I went to My Computer and seen there was only 6GB left of a 500GB hard drive, and I only copied 3GB of data over! I jsut knew there was something wrong with the file system of the hard drive since it hung.

After doing some digging, I found that BitLocker uses up all but 6BG of your hard drive space UNTIL its done bitlocking. After it is done, all the free space will be shown as free again.

But why does it do this?

Because it is also encrypting the free space for security reasons! Since when you delete a file, it is not really removed from the hard drive, BitLocker encrypts the free space so that none of these files can be recovered. You can read a more technical description here!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/bitlocker/archive/2006/07/08/unallocated.aspx

Printer Status Notification

The other day, I hooked up a printer to USB that had the option for network. The client wanted it USB rather than network. So I hooked it up and before I left, I got the following text printed out a couple times:

GET /DevMgmt/DiscoveryTree.xml HTTP/1.1
Host: 127.0.0.1:8080

I figured it was just a one time thing so I left. A couple hours later, I got a call from her saying that she got the same message every time she printed a page. I went and looked at it and found this to be a fix:

Go to devices and Printers and right click the culprit printer.  Click printing preferences and click the advanced tab, you should see a similar window:

 

Printer Status Notification

 

Disable “Printer Status Notification” and the issue should be instantly resolved!

Creating cron jobs in Windows 8 and Server 2012 (or any version of Windows)

I recently made the switch from a Linux LAMP server to a Windows Server 2012.  It didn’t take me too long to figure out I forgot to transfer my cron jobs for my PHP pages. I went to start the transfer and I soon realized that Windows does not support cron jobs. However, I did find the Windows version of Cron jobs. Below is what I did to create these cron jobs so my PHP crons will continue run on scheduale. This trick will really work in all versions of Windows, but you must get to it different methods.

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