Use hard drive to store information from CDs

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May 15, 2000|By James Coates | James Coates,Chicago Tribune

I use a program for Bible study that comes on two CDs, one for the program itself and a second for data about the Bible. The problem is that when I want some information that is on the other CD I have to change the CD.

Is there any way to make my computer store the information so that I can switch from one to the other without changing CDs?

If you have a hard drive with at least 650 megabytes of space left you can copy the contents of that second CD used for data into a folder on the hard drive.

Once the data are on the hard drive, the next time your program tells you to insert the CD, look for the dialogue box that comes up saying that the CD was not found. You can use that dialogue box to point to the folder on your hard drive with the data, and you'll be back in business.

I use Microsoft Office 2000 Outlook for e-mail at home and work, but this program has a drawback. I have found no simple way to copy the contact list along with the e-mail addresses from my home desktop to my laptop at work.

This lack of a built-in feature to permit moving a mirror copy of data in the Outlook e-mail and address book software from one computer to another one is a huge weakness in Outlook. But there is a work-around.

Outlook creates a backup of its contents each time it is shut down. That file can be imported into a second machine by floppy disk.

To find the backup file, which is called backup.pst, click on Start and then Find and then Files and Folders. Type in "backup.pst" and when that file comes up, move the cursor over it and right-click to bring up the Send To box that lets you move a copy to a floppy.

Move the floppy to the other computer and fire up Outlook there. Click on File and then Import and Export. This will bring up an Open box that will let you select the floppy disk and the backup.pst file that, once opened, will restore the contents of the other computer.

My nephew has an interest in cartooning. Do you know of software that will help him hone his skills in cartoon drawing, something that can draw a cartoon strip?

My choice to get a newbie cartoonist up and running is Micro- soft's PhotoDraw 2000 package (www.microsoft.com/photodraw).

Designed for manipulating photographs, clip art and original drawings, PhotoDraw ($110) allows you to lay out a strip of cartoon panels and offers many ways to fill them with artwork. Since the software can translate cartoon drawings into vector graphics, it allows tricks like creating a character that can be manipulated by pointing and clicking with a mouse to change position, size and such from one rendering to the other.

Send e-mail to jcoates@tribune. com.

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