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Adding a CD-RW drive to the 'Send to' menu


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 19, 2001

Q. I installed an Iomega CD-RW external drive on my computer, and I use Windows 98. In order to transfer files directly to the CD-RW, I was trying to place its icon on the "Send to" list. I tried dragging the icon, but it doesn't work. In My Computer, I found two CD-ROM icons identified as E: CD-ROM (the regular CD-ROM) and F: for the external CD-RW. E: is in my "Send to" list. Trying to add F: to that list doesn't work.

A. You have two issues here. First, let's get your F: drive to show as a destination in your "Send to" menu. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\WINDOWS\SendTo. Right-click any empty space within this folder and select New and Shortcut. For the Location in the Create Shortcut dialog, type F:\ and click Next. Give it an appropriate name or keep the default name, which will be whatever shows in My Computer. Now that you've got your shortcut to your F: drive (CD-RW), you will not be able to just send files there without some type of software to do the file system conversion from whatever you're copying from to the CD File System, or CDFS, format. One program is Roxio's (formerly Adaptec) Direct CD. Direct CD acts as a resident device driver that handles file system conversion on the fly, which allows you to treat your CD-RW or CD-R as you would any other hard drive in Windows Explorer. Check the software that came with your CD-RW to see if this or maybe another program that does the same thing is included.

The love bug bites

Q. Last year, I was sent an e-mail with a virus that affected my system in two ways: All of my jpeg image files saved on my hard drive were converted to jpg.vbs files, rendering them useless. And my Internet home page is forced to an error address when I open Internet Explorer.

A. You are suffering the results of one of the most infamous viruses: the "I love you," or "love bug," virus. Either you don't have an antivirus program in place or the one you have is seriously out-of-date. You need to address this immediately. The manual fix for this virus is a long and tedious procedure. You may be able to use the FIXLOVE.EXE program that is available from several sources, such as, to help automate the process.

Backup disk

Q. My hard drive failed and I installed a 40-gigabyte one while waiting for a replacement from Western Digital. When the 20GB replacement arrived, I installed it with the idea of making it a backup disk. Any suggestions on the easiest and most automatic way to do this? I use Windows Me.

A. The easiest way is to make a disk image copy of your hard drive. Norton's Ghost and PowerQuest's Drive Copy or Drive Image Pro are programs that let you do this. These products also can copy a larger hard drive to a smaller one (such as in your case), as long as the data will fit. The copy time should be less than an hour. Now, if your C: drive should crash, all you would need to do is rearrange the disk drive jumpers, or data cable position for Cable Select drives, to make your backup drive your new C: drive, with only the changes since the last image copy being the differences.

Attaching a file

Q. How do I attach a document from Word or Excel to an e-mail using Outlook Express?

A. There are two ways to do this. On the menu bar in Word or Excel, click File, Send To, Mail Recipient (As Attachment). This will automate Outlook Express to compose a new message containing the file as an attachment. Then enter the recipient's address and a note, then click Send as you normally do in Outlook Express. Another way to do this is from within Outlook Express: Compose a new message, then click the Attachment icon, which looks like a paper clip. This will bring up the Insert Attachment dialog box where you can navigate through your folders (it will probably default to your My Documents folder) and select the file for attachment. If somehow you do not see the Attachment icon, go to the menu bar and click Insert, File Attachment, etc. This will do the same thing.

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