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Comment by Mahbub on [SOLVED] The Out of Memory Error (March 29, 2017 04:50 AM)
I often get this issue. If my laptop which has 8 gb ram is continuously open for few days and as inise lots of tabs in chrome i cme accross this issue...
Comment by Rick on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 29, 2017 12:09 AM)
Robert: In my experience, Router manufacturers - or ISPs that supply them - have stopped using short/weak passwords in lieu of long/strong ones. So.....
Comment by Robert on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 08:23 PM)
I am using the wifi password that came with the router. It is 12 characters long with multiple types of characters, caps, numbers, special characters...
Comment by Cho on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 07:34 PM)
@Perry....I had same issue....BUY your own Modem and Router...way less expensive in the long run......
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Perry , John is correct, you opt out - see https://wifi.xfinity.com/ ...
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@Perry, I believe you can opt out "xfinitywifi". If not you can always buy your own cable modem and wifi router. ...
Comment by Perry on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:47 PM)
I use Comcast down here in Texas, and although I have always kept my WiFi secure with encryption and firewalls, I feel I am still somewhat vulnerable....
Comment by john silberman on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:47 PM)
What about using a WPS PIN? I thought I read somewhere that WPS PIN can be easily hacked with software such as Reaver. No need to hack WPA if the WP...
Comment by Joe M on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:33 PM)
Er, you did what? Trusting Verizon to set up your security was your very first mistake and not one that a pro should admit to!...
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Hard-Drives Articles

 

[HOWTO] Copy Old Hard Drive to New PC

One commonly asked question is “How do I transfer everything from the hard drive on my old computer to my new computer?” If you bought a new computer, or just a new hard drive for your old computer, you'll need to transfer the files. Here's how...

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Free Hard Drive Tune-up Tools

Keeping your hard drive in tip-top shape is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve the performance of any device that has a hard drive. When things go wrong, the source of the problem is often in the hard drive. Here are some of the most common tasks that must be done with hard drives and free software utilities that make them a breeze...

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Solid State Drives Are The Future

Solid state drives are one of the few bright spots in the PC marketplace these days. Even though sales of PCs are trending downward, consumers are getting excited about SSDs, due to the benefits they offer over traditional magnetic hard drives. Here's what you need to know…

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Should You Partition Your Hard Drive?

A reader once asked me: “I just got a new computer and I'm wondering about hard drive partitioning strategies. A friend told me to create a very small C: partition for a swap file, put Windows on the D: drive, and create several other partitions for different types of data. Sounds complicated. Is this a good idea?” Read on for my advice on hard drive partitioning...

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[FIXIT] Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

A reader asks: “My hard drive was making a clicking sound, and now it won't start up at all. Should I try to fix it myself, or send it to a hard drive repair service?” Here is my advice...

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Securely Erasing Data Just Got Easier

I have written several articles over the years about the importance of completely erasing personal data from hard drives before disposing of them. Savvy users understand that deleting a file doesn't really make it go away. And even formatting a hard drive doesn't guarantee that your files are unreadable. But here's some good news on that front...

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7 Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Have you ever lost important files because of a finger fumble, brain freeze, software error, or computer crash? I know I have. But fortunately, 'deleted' doesn't always mean 'gone forever' -- and there are tools that can help you recover those lost files. Some of the best file recovery tools are free. I strongly recommend adding one or more of these to your toolbox, BEFORE you lose a file...

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[TUNEUP] Free Hard Drive Tools

Keeping your hard drive in tip-top shape is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve the performance of any device that has a hard drive. When things go wrong, the source of the problem is often in the hard drive. Here are some of the most common tasks that must be done with hard drives and free software utilities that make them a breeze…

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The Most Reliable Hard Drive?

Which hard drive brands are the most reliable? And what is the likelihood that your hard drive is going to crash and burn in the near future? Read on to learn more about hard drive reliability and diagnostic tools...

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Time to Start Encrypting Your Stuff?

Fear of hackers and government snoops drives many people to encrypt their data. There are lots of tools you can use to encrypt data, and many of them are free (for personal use, at least). Here are some of the most popular encryption tools...

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Portable SSD Hard Drives

A reader asks: 'I am in the market for a portable hard drive, and considering a solid state drive (SSD). What are the benefits of an SSD over regular portable external drives, and are there any specific SSD models you can recommend?' Read on for my advice on buying a portable solid state drive...

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5 Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Have you ever lost important files because of a finger fumble, brain freeze, software error, or computer crash? I know I have. But fortunately, 'deleted' doesn't always mean 'gone forever' -- and there are tools that can help you recover those lost files. Some of the best file recovery tools are free. I strongly recommend adding one or more of these to your toolbox, BEFORE you lose a file...

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SSD Drives: Good For the Long Haul?

Solid State Drive (SSD) technology has been taking over the mass storage market rapidly. But there's always been uncertainty about the useful lifespan of a solid state drive, as compared to a traditional magnetic drive. Will your SSD conk out suddenly, or will it last for years? Read on...

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SSHD: The Future of Hard Drives?

Solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are emerging as the future of mass storage. Combining the blazing speed of flash memory with the low cost of traditional magnetic media, SSHDs provide significant performance improvements that ordinary laptop and desktop users can afford. Here's what you should know about this new tech that can rev up your old computer...

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SSD Hard Drives Offer Blazing Speed

Here's good news for those who waited to buy a solid-state drive (SSD). Dozens of vendors have jumped into the SSD hard drive market, fueling competition that's good for consumers. Capacities of SSDs are ballooning. Prices are plummeting. And SSD maximum speeds are stagnating. Find out why that's a good thing, and get some tips on buying a super-fast SSD hard drive...

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Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast...

It’s surprisingly difficult to permanently and securely delete data from a Solid State Drive (SSD) or USB flash drive, some researchers have discovered. If you have a portable USB flash drive, or a laptop with an SSD hard drive, here's something you need to know...

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HOWTO: Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive

When your hard drive is crammed full of data, or the buzzing of the bearing says it’s nearing the end of its life cycle, then it’s time to consider a new drive. That used to be a simple matter of choosing a bigger drive; maybe one that spun faster; or one with speedier I/O bus. But today, your options are multiplied and decisions are more complicated.

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Five Best In Class External Hard Drives

What's the best external hard drive? That depends on how and where you want to use it. They're great for backups, for freeing up space on your computer's internal drive, or for adding portable storage to a laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you're looking for the biggest, the fastest, the most durable, the most secure, or just the best value in an external hard drive, read on…

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How SMART is Your Hard Drive?

Readers often ask me, 'How long will a hard drive last?' The answer is indeterminate, as I’ve explained in the recent past. But some factors can be monitored to provide the user with early warning that it’s time to get serious about making frequent backups and shopping for a new drive. Learn more about S.M.A.R.T. and other tools to monitor the health of your hard drive...

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How Long Do Hard Drives Last?

It's a good question. But it might be the wrong question. Read on for some stats on the life expectancy of a hard drive, and find out the more important question you should be asking yourself...

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Can a Virus Really Destroy Your Hard Drive?

Occasionally, I hear from readers who say a virus 'destroyed' their hard drive and they had to buy a new one. But are there actually viruses that can physically damage a hard drive? Is it even possible for a virus to damage hardware, or is this an urban legend? Read on to find out the truth...

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Free Tools: Recover Deleted Files

There is almost nothing worse than losing important files when you experience a finger fumble, brain freeze, or computer crash. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free...

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HOWTO: Clone Your Hard Drive

To clone a hard drive means to make an exact copy of it. This is more than simply backing up data files; even hidden, protected operating system files are copied in a clone operation, and the exact position of every file on the original drive is preserved. Hard drive cloning (also called imaging) is useful for backup, disaster recovery, and other applications. Read on to learn more...

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HOWTO: Clean Up Your Hard Drive

Are you running out of space on your hard drive? Does it take forever to do backups? Maybe you're getting that annoying LOW DISK SPACE message. Don't ignore it, or your computer could soon begin to malfunction. Here are some free tools to clean up your hard drive and make sure your computer is running smoothly...

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Is Your Hard Drive Going to Crash?

A reader asks: 'Sometimes I hear a clicking sound from my hard drive, but it's only occasionally. Does this mean my hard drive is going to crash soon? Are there any tests I can run to check the health of my hard drive?' Read on to learn the tell-tale signs of impending hard drive doom, and some things you can do now to protect your data...

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Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

There is almost nothing worse than losing important files when you experience a finger fumble, brain freeze, or computer crash. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free...

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Help, My Hard Drive Died!

Unlike diamonds, hard drives are not forever. It's very likely that someday you'll start your computer, and instead of the familiar startup screen, you'll see one of these ominous messages: DISK BOOT FAILURE... NO FIXED DISK PRESENT... ERROR READING FIXED DISK... or HARD DRIVE FAILURE. Don't panic just yet, there may be hope for recovery of that damaged hard drive...

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What's Hiding On Your Hard Drive?

If you're actively using your computer to try out new software, or you download music or movies from the Internet, you'll eventually end with some unwanted clutter on your hard drive. Here are some tips to run a 'search and destroy' operation on those large files that are just taking up space on your hard drive...

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Five Super-Secure External Hard Drives

External hard drives and USB flash drives are convenient, portable ways to back up and transport data. But because they're portable, they're obviously vulnerable to loss or theft, so it's important to protect your data with encryption, passwords, and other security measures. Here are some external drives that help keep your data secure...

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Hard Drive Partition Managers

Partitioning your hard drive is like putting up a digital fence, splitting your hard drive into distinct sections, each for a specific purpose. It allows you to install multiple operating systems, or just keep different types of data in their own little containers. Here's the scoop on partition managers...

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How Often Should I Defrag?

I've heard conflicting advice on when and how often to defragment my hard drives. Some say never, while others say weekly or monthly. They can't both be right, can they? What's your advice on defragging a drive?

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Is My Hard Drive Dying?

Sometimes I hear a clicking sound from my hard drive, but it's only occasionally. Does this mean my hard drive is going to crash soon? Are there any tests I can run to check the health of my hard drive?

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Is Your Flash Drive Infected?

Security research firm Sophos found malware on two-thirds of fifty USB flash drives that had been lost aboard Australian trains. That might suggest that you should avoid computing on Australian trains, but the broader lesson is that USB flash drives are highly vulnerable to malware infections. Here's what you need to know, and how to protect your computer from viruses that may lurk on flash drives...

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Portable Solid State Hard Drives

I am in the market for a portable hard drive, and considering a solid state drive (SSD). What are the benefits of an SSD over regular portable external drives, and are there any specific SSD models you can recommend?

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Are Hybrid Hard Drives Faster?

I need a new hard drive for my laptop, and just came across something called a hybrid hard drive. It sounds cool, but I'm not a techie. Can you explain how hybrid drives are different, and if the increased performance justifies the higher price tag?

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Wireless Data Storage Devices

I've recently heard about wireless portable hard drives, and am thinking about using one as a backup drive. I love the idea of doing wireless backups from all the computers, tablets and smartphones in my home, to a single storage device. If you have any advice on the wireless backup storage devices available, I'd love to hear it...

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Upgrade Your Hard Drive To SSD?

I've read that solid state hard drives (SSDs) are much faster, especially when starting up the computer. But other articles claim they are less reliable than traditional magnetic hard drives. Should I consider upgrading my system with an SSD? I'd appreciate your perspective, thanks.

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All External Hard Drives are Not Created Equal

“I’m buying an external hard drive for my backups, as you have often recommended. But I’ve bogged down in the details – capacity, transfer speed, USB vs. Firewire, etc. Can you give me some tips on choosing an external drive for backups?”

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Hard Drives Are Not Forever

Yesterday during startup I got an error that said 'Drive Seek Failure' but then it seemed to start up okay. Now I'm worried that my hard drive may be failing. What do you recommend for backing up my files?

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Convert Internal to External Hard Drive

So, you finally replaced your computer's old 80 GB hard drive with a faster, more spacious one. Great! Now, what do you do with the old drive? One option is to convert it into a handy, portable external hard drive. It's easy, here's how...

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Which Portable Hard Drive Should You Buy?

I'm a commercial artist and need to carry around my work in digital form. I don't want to keep the files on my laptop, because it could be lost or stolen. I'd prefer a portable storage gadget that I can keep in a pocket or handbag. What type of portable hard drive would you recommend?

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Which Hard Drive is Fastest?

I'm building my own home computer from the motherboard up, and I want the best and fastest hard drive available. But the lingo is confusing - should I be looking at RPM, seek time, transfer rate or some other combination of drive specs?

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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Unlike diamonds, hard drives are not forever. It's very likely that someday you'll start your computer, and instead of the familiar startup screen, you'll see one of these ominous messages: DISK BOOT FAILURE... NO FIXED DISK PRESENT... ERROR READING FIXED DISK... or HARD DRIVE FAILURE. Don't panic just yet, there may be hope for recovery of that damaged hard drive...

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Should I Encrypt My External Hard Drive?

I'm a legal consultant who travels with an external hard drive, and it stores a lot of sensitive data. I'm very careful about physical security, but still I'm thinking about using encryption to secure my data, just in case. What do you recommend?

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How To Buy a Hard Drive

You may want to buy a hard drive for any of several reasons. Your current drive may be getting old or overcrowded. Perhaps you want a new hard drive for backup purposes, or for more speed when reading and writing large files. Whatever your reason for buying a hard drive, here are some shopping tips...

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Reformat Windows 7 Hard Drive

If you need to reformat a hard drive using Windows 7, the method you should use depends on whether you want to reformat a bootable drive or a secondary drive. Here are the steps for both procedures...

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Windows 7 Hard Drive Errors

Hard drive errors slow the performance of your computer and may render some data unreadable. Windows 7 includes utilities that can check your hard drive for errors and fix some of them. Here's the scoop on hard drive errors and how to repair them using Windows 7...

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Hard Drive Maintenance Tips

I've had two hard drives die on me since the beginning of the year. Can you share some tips that will help me keep my hard drives running reliably?

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Windows 7 Hard Drive Recovery

Windows 7 users (of all editions) have an ace in the hole in case their hard drives crash. It's called the Windows Recovery Environment (RE), a bundle of automated and manual system tools that can repair a corrupted hard drive to recover data or make the drive bootable again...

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Disk Defraggers

I know I'm supposed to defrag my hard drive, but I'm a little fuzzy on the particulars. What exactly does a defrag accomplish, what's the best tool for defragging, and how often should I do it?

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Restoring Backup Data After Hard Drive Crash

Your hard drive crashed, but there's no need to panic. You have a backup copy of your data; good for you! Now the only question is, how do you restore your data? Read on for tips on restoring your files from a backup...

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Hybrid Hard Drives

A hybrid hard drive - also called a hybrid hard disk drive (HHD) or just hybrid drive - combines familiar magnetic media with non-volatile RAM to achieve much faster read/write performance without increasing costs very much. Hybrid drives are an intermediate storage technology between electromechanical hard drives and pure solid-state drives. Here's what you need to know...

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Replace IDE Hard Drive With SATA Drive

I want to upgrade my computer with a SATA hard drive, because they're supposed to be faster. My PC has only IDE hard drive ports on the motherboard, but I understand it's still possible to install a SATA drive. Can you tell me the best way to handle this hard drive upgrade?

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Clone Hard Drive

To clone a hard drive means to make an exact copy of every single bit on it. This is more than simply backing up data files; even hidden, protected operating system files are copied in a clone operation, and the exact position of every bit of data on the original drive is preserved. Cloning a hard drive is useful in several ways....

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Replace Laptop Hard Drive

My laptop has run out of space on the hard drive and I want to replace it, but I've never done anything like that. Can you give me the steps for replacing a laptop's hard drive?

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Hard Drives in Photocopiers

Nearly every digital photocopier sold since 2002 stores images of whatever it copies on an internal hard drive. This enables conveniences like printing copies of frequently needed documents without re-scanning them. But stored documents can also be a security or identity theft time-bomb. Consider what may be on that copier's hard drive when you or your employer trades it in or otherwise disposes of it...

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Hard Drive Recovery Tools

Hard drive recovery usually means recovery of data stored on a hard drive. If the drive mechanism is damaged, it's usually more cost effective to replace the drive than to repair it. But if the data on a hard drive is irreplaceable, hard drive data recovery is critical. Here's how it works…

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How Can I Check for Hard Drive Damage?

How can you tell if your hard drive is damaged before it completely crashes? It's important to detect hard drive damage before it grows into a catastrophic failure. Here's how to check under the hood of your hard drive for signs of damage...

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How to Destroy a Hard Drive

I'm getting rid of an old computer, and I want to make sure the data on the hard drive can't be be accessed. What's the best way to destroy a hard drive and all the data on it?

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Is My Hard Drive Going To Crash?

Most hard drive crashes give some early warning signs, providing you time to backup your data and, in some cases, correct the problem(s) before the hard drive fails completely. Pay attention to your hard drive's behavior and avoid the calamity of a hard drive crash. Here's what to watch for...

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Flash Drive Data Recovery

I have a problem with my USB flash drive. When I plug it in, Windows says 'USB device not recognized' and I can't see my files. Is there any way the data can be recovered? The system does not recognize the flash drive at all.

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Cheap Hard Drives

Magnetic hard drives are the workhorses of mass storage. Virtually every computer has a hard drive. There are dozens of hard drive manufacturers worldwide. So it's not surprising that competition, along with technology improvements, has driven hard drive prices to all-time record lows. That's good news. But are cheap hard drives truly a bargain? Read on…

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My Hard Drive Crashed!

When the hard drive in your computer crashes and all of your digital possessions seem to disappear, have faith. Faith is the ability to not panic. It's very unlikely that all of your stuff is gone forever. Here are some tips on recovering data from crashed a hard drive...

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Bootable USB Flash Drive

When your hard drive won't boot, you need an emergency backup operating system on a bootable removable medium. CDs or DVDs fill that role most of the time. But optical media has its drawbacks. Here's how to make a reliable boot disk on a flash drive, to use when hard drive problems arise...

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Best Portable Hard Drive

A portable hard drive is one of handiest inventions ever. But what's the best portable hard drive for your particular needs? Let's look at the various factors that go into making that decision...

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How to Replace a Hard Drive

Replacing a hard drive in your desktop or laptop computer is pretty simple. You just have to pay attention to a few details. Here's a step-by-step guide to replacing your hard drive...

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How Long Do Flash Drives Last?

Flash drives are an increasingly popular form of portable storage. Some people predict that flash drives will replace hard drives in time, just as optical disks replaced floppy disks. But are flash drives as safe as other mass storage media for long-term archiving of irreplaceable data? Do flash drives ever wear out and have to be replaced? Are all flash drives created equal -- except for their capacities -- or are there differences in quality and durability to consider?

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eSATA External Hard Drives

I'm getting ready to buy an external hard drive for backups, but I'm confused by all the terminology when it comes to connecting the drive. Should I go for USB, Firewire, or eSATA? What are the pros and cons of each?

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Completely Erase a Hard Drive

When you replace a hard drive, what do you do with the old one? Most people give their surplus drives away to friends or charities. Some just throw them in the trash. But what about all the data on that old drive? Even if you deleted files or formatted the drive, your data might still be readable. Here's how to securely and completely erase every last bit of data from your hard drive…

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External Hard Drive For Backups

I'm planning to buy an external hard drive to use for backups. What hardware and software do you recommend for reliable and simple backups?

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Is Your Hard Drive Dying?

How long will your hard drive last? Is it giving you subtle signs that a data disaster is looming? How will you know when it's time to buy a new hard drive? Here are some things you can look for...

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Data Recovery

So you were working on that big presentation for the boss, when suddenly the power went out and your computer shut down. And when you restarted the computer and ran your software it said Cannot open file; file corrupt or some equally sickening thing. Now what?

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Partition Managers

Partitioning your hard drive is like putting up a digital fence, splitting your hard drive into distinct sections, each for a specific purpose. It allows you to install multiple operating systems, or just keep different types of data in their own little containers. Here's the scoop on partition managers...

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Hard Drive Backup Image

If you do everything just right, you'll end up with a perfect hard drive. Your operating system will be bug-free; your applications will play well together; your data will be neatly organized in folders; everything will be just perfect. And then it will change. That's why you need a backup image of your hard drive…

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Hard Drive Recovery Services

My hard drive was making a clicking sound, and now it won't start up at all. Should I try to fix it myself, or send it to a hard drive repair service?

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Terabyte Hard Drives

I've been thinking about buying a terabyte hard drive. Right now I have a 500GB drive. Are the terabyte drives as fast and reliable as smaller drives?

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Solid State Hard Drives

I'm checking out laptops, and some say they have a solid state hard drive. Is this a good thing? How does a solid state hard drive compare to a regular hard drive?

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Partitioning Your Hard Drive

I just got a new computer and I'm wondering about hard drive partitioning strategies. A friend told me to create a very small C: partition for a swap file, put Windows on the D: drive, and create several other parititions for different types of data. Is this a good idea?

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Defrag Your Hard Drive

If you have noticed your computer running a little sluggish and slow lately, it might be time to defragment your hard drive. Your hard drive does need to be cleaned out regularly and defragmented in order to keep everything working better. Here's the why and how of defragging...

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Converting FAT to NTFS

“A tech support guy told me my system is running FAT, and advised me to convert my hard drive to NTFS. I didn’t really understand his explanation… can you explain the difference and when it makes sense to convert FAT to NTFS?”

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Low Disk Space Warning

Windows is giving me a warning that says 'You are running out of disk space on Local Disk (C:).' My friend told me this is not important and offered to disable the warning popup for me, but I'm not sure. Can I safely ignore these 'Low Disk Space' warnings?

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What is RAID?

I've heard that a RAID hard drive is the best solution for automatic backups. What exactly is a RAID, and what are the pros and cons of RAID systems?

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What is a Terabyte?

I just saw an ad for a Terabyte hard drive. What exactly is a terabyte?

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Sharing A Hard Drive Online

I have photos, MP3s and some Word documents on my hard drive. How can I share my hard drive online so that just certain people can access my files? My colleagues have Internet access but we do not share a computer network. Can I share my hard drive folders and files over the Inernet?

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Changing Disk Partitions

I downloaded Cute Partition Manager and was just about to delete the restore partition from the D drive of my old computer. I just want to make sure that doing so won't mess up the info on the C drive. Drive D is formatted FAT32 and drive C is NTFS. I really could use the extra space, but can't afford to lose the files on the C drive...

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SATA and IDE Hard Drives?

I want to install the hard drive from my old computer as the secondary hard drive of my new computer. The new computer is an HP with a SATA hard drive. My old hard drive is a Seagate Ultra ATA/100. How do I add this hard drive to my new computer?

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Fix MBR

I was trying to fix a spyware problem and it seems I messed up my computer. Now when I start Windows XP, I get the 'MBR Corrupt' and 'Error loading operating system' messages. What should I do?

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Fiddling While Your Hard Drive Crashes

After reading about the sounds that a dying hard drive makes in Click of Doom, long-time reader MmeMoxie sent me a link to something absolutely hilarious. It's music based on the sounds of hard drive failures...

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Hard Drive Makes a Clicking Sound

My hard drive is making a clicking sound. It started recently and seems to be getting more frequent. Sometimes I hear a repeated click-whir sound and then the computer locks up. Does this mean my hard drive is going bad?

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Add a Second Hard Drive

Adding a second hard drive to a computer system is an easy way to get around storage problems, and also a good way to protect valuable data. With the cost of hard drives dropping well below $1 per gigabyte, it makes good financial sense to increase storage capacity by adding a second drive. But what kind of drive? And are they easy to install? Read on for buying tips and installation help...

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Reformatting Hard Drive

If I reformat my hard drive, will my Windows XP cdrom act as a boot disk and allow me to reinstall all my programs?

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Hard Drive Crash

I have a Maxtor 160GB hard drive that has crashed and won't boot up. So I figured I would put in another hard drive and load up XP on it to boot and make my old hard drive a slave. After booting up, the old drive shows in My Computer, but Windows tells me it has not been formatted yet. I don't want to formate this drive because it has data I need. How do I get this data off the old hard drive and onto my other drive or a CDROM?

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Copying Old Hard Drive to New PC

When I buy a new computer, how do I transfer everything from the hard drive on my old computer? I enjoy the Tourbus and appreciate all the information you provide.

If you bought a new computer, or just a new hard drive for your old computer, you'll need to transfer the files. Here's how...

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Removing Files from Hard Drive

My computer is 5 years old and it freezes up and shuts down on me at times. So I am considering buying a new one. How do I get rid of any files on it before I donate it to a school?

Since you asked this question, you probably already understand the fact that simply deleting files on your hard drive doesn't actually remove them permanently...

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