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WARNING: Especially as Bob's article deals with physical problems with our desktops, etc. Half way through last year I was surprised to see MS Defen...
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I have been a fan for ages but with multiple sclerosis with vision difficulties(tip of the ice berg) (All the movement also sparks migraine); it is ex...
Comment by John Burrows on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 27, 2024 10:04 AM)
The comments about SSD failures are spot on. Of course I did not mean to imply that backups will no longer be necessary....
Comment by bb on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 27, 2024 12:59 AM)
Jose M: Yes, SSDs just go "Poof!" Spinners usually give warnings, and there are lots and lots of tools to recover and potentially "fix" HDDs. SSDs, ...
Comment by David J Ruedeman on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 26, 2024 10:39 PM)
For those of you that use SSDs and think you are immune from sudden drive failure , all I can say is "Good Luck with that". I've been using SSDs since...
Comment by Jose M on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 26, 2024 10:16 PM)
When SSD's fail do they give any warning or do they also just go "poof"? ...
Comment by POLLY on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 26, 2024 09:43 PM)
What are your recommendations on this subject if you have a cloud drive in use?...
Comment by Renaud Olgiati on Your Hard Drive Will Crash in 3, 2, 1... (February 26, 2024 09:36 PM)
If you have free HD disk bay(s), a good way to protect your data is to add a second HD to your system, and configure the HDs as a RAID 1 array. This e...

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Your Electrons Needed (and a favor...)

I love my job. Every day, I help people use computers and the Internet, answering their questions and pointing them to resources that will save them time, trouble, or money. I especially love it when readers become friends and people tell me that they're using what they've learned here to help others. It's very satisfying, but there is one favor I'd like to ask of you. Please read on...

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Doctor, My Eyes!

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I love my job. Every day, I help people use computers and the Internet, answering their questions and pointing them to resources that will save them time, trouble, or money. I especially love it when readers become friends and people tell me that they're using what they've learned here to help others. It's very satisfying, but there is one favor I'd like to ask of you. Please read on...

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Hey, It's My (digital) Birthday!

Today I'm celebrating a birthday. It was 24 years ago, in July 1995, that The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace. And ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on, with my continuing guaranteed to make you better looking and 146% smarter. Read on!

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Announcing... The Rankin File!

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