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What happens when a hard drive crashes

We're all terrified of the day when our hard drive just stops working. Here's what goes on inside the drive when disaster strikes.

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Prepare to take your laptop to another country

Planning a trip overseas with your laptop? These precautions will help with smooth sailing.

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Recover a stolen laptop, or prepare for the day your laptop is stolen

You may or may not be able to recover your stolen laptop, but the precautions you take beforehand can put the odds in your favor.

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Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support Dropbox on an iPad or iPhone. Unless, of course, you want to insert photos. Here's the workaround.

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Free OCR: Turn a picture of text into real text without spending a dime

From a computer's point of view, a photo of text isn't real text. But you don't have to invest in OCR software to fix that.

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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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How to protect your wireless router from malware

Your PC and your phone aren't the only devices that can catch an infection. The router that connects them to the Internet may also be vulnerable.

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How to connect your laptop to your HDTV without HDMI

It's easy to connect a laptop to an HDTV--unless your laptop doesn't have the right port.

How to fix a laptop's broken screen (with many caveats)

A broken laptop screen takes all the fun out of using your PC. And it can be expensive to fix.

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How to recover lost photos from your camera or phone

Your precious photos disappeared before you could move them to your PC or cloud storage. Here's how to get them back.

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How to remove encryption from a PDF file

Sometimes a PDF needs encryption. Sometimes it doesn't. Here's how and when you can remove unneeded encryption.

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Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can't boot Windows 8

You can't directly boot into Windows 8's Safe Mode; you can only reboot into it. Here's how to get around that using a key drive.

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How to handle a Facebook bully or stalker

Bad people stalk the social network. Here's what you need to do if someone continually gives you trouble.

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Is your backup drive full? Here's how to make space

Windows and third-party utilities can help you clean out older backups or older versions of files that you don't need anymore.

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How to set Windows desktop items as public or private

You can see all of the shortcuts and files on your desktop. Other people can see some of them. Here's how to control who sees what.