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How to Choose an External Hard Drive

An external hard drive is a great way to backup or move files, but there's hundreds to choose from. Here's what to know before you buy.

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HDD vs SSD Storage: Which Type is Better?

It's important to make the right decision when you're choosing a type of storage for your computer and important documents. One has a clear advantage.

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What's the Difference Between exFAT and NTFS Filesystems?

Filesystems are something most users don't bother with. But here are some reasons you may want to consider using exFAT rather than the default NTFS.

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HDD & SSD

Hard drives and solid state drives are used in technology to help store and retrieve data. Discover what you need and how to use or troubleshoot...

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eMMC vs. SSD: Find the Best Storage Option For You

Shopping for a new laptop? You should consider your storage options. Here's the rundown on the differences between eMMC flash and SSD storage.

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PCIe vs. SATA SSDs: How to Choose the Best Drive for You

Choosing the right kind of solid state drive for your machine can be hard, but it doesn't have to be. Here are the differences between PCIe SSD and...

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APFS (Apple File System) May Not Be a Good Choice for All Disk Types

APFS (Apple File System) improves performance on SSDs but might not work for all your drives. Find out which disks are candidates for APFS.

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Getting the Performance of an SSD With the Capacity of a Hard Drive

A look at the advantages and disadvantages of the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive), and who should consider them as a hard drive upgrade.

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Want to Learn About USB Flash Drives? Here's More

A FAQ guide to the specifications, uses, and purposes of portable USB flash drives. What they are for and how to use them safely.

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Will PCs Ever See a SATA Express Drive?

The SATA Express interface can improve the performance of desktop computer systems with faster data access. Here's what you should know about SATA...

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Install an SSD as Your Boot Drive and Boost Your PC's Speed

Learn how to install SATA SSDs and M.2 SSDs in just a few minutes, plus what to check for your system and how to prepare before you dive in.

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Storage Wars: 7 Tips When Choosing an SSD, Hybrid, or Hard Disk Drive

Picking between a solid-state, solid-state hybrid, and hard disk drive? Here are some pointers to think about.

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How the M.2 Interface Is Going to Make Your PC Even Faster

Take a look at the M.2 SSD interface and how it will reduce the size of laptops and boost SSD performance for any computer that uses it.

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What to Do When Your Hard Drive Is Making Noise

Hard drive noises like grinding, squealing or clicking is often a sign of a failing hard drive. Here is how to figure out what is wrong.

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Learn What It Means When You Have Data Corruption

What does "corrupt" mean when applied to your precious data? Learn what's going on when you have corrupted files.

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What a NAS Device Is and How It Can Fit Into Your Home Theater

NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices are data storage servers that are connected to a network and are sometimes referred to as Personal, or Local,...

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What Is a Wireless Hard Drive and Do You Need One?

Want to buy an external hard drive and not sure if you need a wireless one? Here's everything you need to know about them.

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Why Does My Hard Drive Store Less Than Its Capacity?

Take a look at the discrepancies in advertised vs. actual storage capacities for drives, CDs, DVDs and flash media.

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How to Connect an ATA Hard Drive

Not everything requires a pro: Here's a do-it-yourself tutorial explaining how to install a Serial ATA hard drive into a desktop computer system.

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What Is RAM and What Does It Do?

RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware used to store data that is being accessed by the CPU. More RAM usually means a faster computer.

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Computer Slow? Here's How to Overclock a Windows PC's RAM

Want faster memory on your Windows PC for free? Overclocking your RAM isn't hard to do, nor is it dangerous if you follow a few simple steps.

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Review of Samsung HUTIL: Free Hard Drive Testing Tool

Samsung HUTIL is a hard drive testing tool for Samsung drives. If you do have one, it's a great tool. Here's our complete review.

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What Does a Hard Drive's "Seek Time" (or Access Time) Mean?

What seek time means on your computer's hard drive, plus what determines it on your hardware.

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How to Use the Format Command to Write Zeros to a Hard Drive

One easy way to write zeros to a hard drive is to format the drive in a special way using the format command from the Command Prompt.

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How to Format an SSD

You can format an SSD with Windows 10 or macOS, but the choices you make will depend on which OS you plan on using the SSD with.

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New Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Windows? Here's How to Fix It

Nothing is more frustrating than when a new hard drive is not showing up in Windows. Use this troubleshooting guide to find the fix.

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How Are Solid State Drives Different From Traditional Hard Drives?

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a storage system that uses a chip to store data. They're typically faster, but more expensive, than a hard drive.

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What Is a Volume Boot Record?

A volume boot record is a sector, stored on a hard drive partition, that contains the boot code. Here's more about them and how to fix them.

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