Don't-Miss Hard drive Stories
Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.
An SSD can breathe new life into an old PC, but exactly how much performance do you gain? PCWorld ran the tests. Here are the results.
Carol Hart has an extra hard drive hanging around. She asked me what she can do with it.
Jack McCabe wants Windows to identify his data drive as D:, but D: is already taken.
The latest external hard drives offer USB 3.0 connectivity, but older desktops don't. Here's an easy and inexpensive remedy.
Windows doesn't always allow you to safely remove a flash drive or external hard drive. Klaatu asked the Answer Line forum for advice.
Kat Korsmo asked how to play music off an external hard in Windows Media Player library. (My answer covers iTunes, as well.)
Rommel asked the Utilities forum for advice on cleaning files off a hard drive so that they can never be restored
It's a lot harder to recover data from a dead solid-state drive, so plan accordingly.
If your PC has USB 3.0 ports, you can get a big speed boost by relocating your external drive to a faster enclosure.
Mike Bell asked if he should shut down his hard drive when he doesn't need it. "Will that constant powering up [and down] add wear and tear…?"
Felix Luke needs to back up his entire hard drive. He asked me to explain the differences between cloning and imaging.
Stevey, admittedly confused regarding the benefits of RAID arrays, asked the Answer Line forum to explain these hard-drive groups.
Elsullo2 installed a new, second hard drive into a desktop PC. But Windows doesn't see it.
PoloTiger has both a solid state drive and a hard drive, and the SSD is almost full. What's the best way to both move data files to the hard drive and make Windows understand that that's where they belong?