The Real Culprit

By Lance Ulanoff  |  Posted 2004-06-23 Print this article Print

The Real Culprit

My E: drive is designated for video capture. After one session when the application refused to place the video there, I opened the drive on the desktop. The video file I had captured was there, but instead of being over a gigabyte (standard for 20 minutes of MPEG-2 8-bit video) it was only about 300MB. When I tried to access the file by double-clicking on it, the system locked up. I had to reboot. I did so and tried another file in the directory, and it opened. When I tried to open yet another one, the system locked again. I began to suspect that the problem was not with the software, but with one of my 100GB drives. I decided to run Windows built-in drive-testing tools to search for errors. After running for 10 minutes or so, the utility froze. I had to perform a hard reboot. I did this twice more, each time with the same frustrating result. I also tried to run the Windows start-up check-disk function (Windows will ask you if you want to run it on start-up, especially if there are processes running that Windows cant stop). That check-disk utility also froze after 5 percent of completion.

I realized that there was something seriously wrong with the drive. The good news was that I could still access most of my files. I began to move them from the E: drive to the D: drive for security purposes. I copied nearly all without incident, but about five failed, with cyclic redundancy error messages. These were the last few videos I had captured. I still had the burned DVDs, so I left this handful of files for dead and moved on.

Lance Ulanoff is Editor in Chief and VP of Content for PC Magazine Network, and brings with him over 20 years journalism experience, the last 16 of which he has spent in the computer technology publishing industry.

He began his career as a weekly newspaper reporter before joining a national trade publication, traveling the country covering product distribution and data processing issues. In 1991 he joined PC Magazine where he spent five years writing and managing feature stories and reviews, covering a wide range of topics, including books and diverse technologies such as graphics hardware and software, office applications, operating systems and, tech news. He left as a senior associate editor in 1996 to enter the online arena as online editor at HomePC magazine, a popular consumer computing publication. While there, Ulanoff launched, and and wrote about Web sites and Web-site building.

In 1998 he joined Windows Magazine as the senior editor for online, spearheading the popular magazine's Web site, which drew some 6 million page views per month. He also wrote numerous product reviews and features covering all aspects of the computing world. During his tenure, won the Computer Press Association's prestigious runner-up prize for Best Overall Website.

In August 1999, Ulanoff briefly left publishing to join as producer for the Computing and Consumer Electronics channels and then was promoted to the site's senior director for content. He returned to PC Magazine in November 2000 and relaunched in July 2001. The new was named runner-up for Best Web Sites at the American Business Media's Annual Neal Awards in March 2002 and won a Best Web Site Award from the ASBPE in 2004. Under his direction, regularly generated more than 25 million page views a month and reached nearly 5 million monthly unique visitors in 2005.

For the last year and a half, Ulanoff has served as Editor, Reviews, PC Magazine. In that role he has overseen all product and review coverage for PC Magazine and, as well as managed PC Labs. He also writes a popular weekly technology column for and his column also appears in PC Magazine.

Recognized as an expert in the technology arena, Lance makes frequent appearances on local, national and international news programs including New YorkÔÇÖs Eyewitness News, NewsChannel 4, CNN, CNN HN, CNBC, MSNBC, Good Morning America Weekend Edition, and BBC, as well as being a regular guest on FoxNewsÔÇÖ Studio B with Shepard Smith. He has also offered commentary on National Public Radio and been interviewed by radio stations around the country. Lance has been an invited guest speaker at numerous technology conferences including Digital Life, RoboBusiness, RoboNexus, Business Foresight and Digital Media WireÔÇÖs Games and Mobile Forum.

Lance also serves as co-host of PC MagazineÔÇÖs weekly podcast, PCMag Radio.


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