Don't-Miss Hard drive Stories

RAID Made Easy

Wondering what RAID is all about, and whether using it will benefit your business? This primer explains all.

Should I Scan an External Drive for Malware?

1gynRat258 asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if one should scan a flash drive for malware.

I Can't Eject This Flash Drive (or External Hard Drive)

When CHIN3927 attempted to remove a USB external drive, Windows' wouldn't provide the Safe to Remove message. The Answer Line forum offered help.

How Do I Back Up?

I keep telling readers to back up their hard drives. Starlla Dupert asked me how.

My PC Doesn't See My Hard Drive

When Wendell tries to boot his PC, an error message announces a disk read error. It's as if his hard drive--with three year's worth of work on it--doesn't exist.

Install an Old Laptop Hard Drive in Your Desktop

You might need an adapter or two, but it is possible to recycle those old platters. The question is, are you better off turning them into an external drive?

Seagate hard drive

How to partition and format your hard drive in Windows

Whether you're installing a brand-new drive or wiping an old one clean, formatting a drive is a basic maintenance task you should know how to do. Luckily, Windows 7 and 8 make this pretty easy.

How to Set Up Intel Smart Response SSD Caching Technology

Intel’s Smart Response Technology can significantly accelerate system performance, without your having to spring for an expensive, high-capacity solid-state drive. Here's how to set it up.

Clean an Overcrowded Hard Drive

Arther needs to make room on his hard disk drive. He asked the Desktops forum for advice.

PC Dies Before It Can Begin to Boot

When Kennyrosenyc turns on his PC, it dies before it even begins to boot. He asked the Windows forum for help

Restore Access to a Write-Protected Hard Drive

Is your flash drive, external hard drive, or other drive suddenly refusing to let you write anything to it or delete files? Here's the fix.

Is That Grinding Sound the Death of My Hard Drive?

Ericuse165 has a friend with a PC that's making a grinding noise. Eric asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum for advice.

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

Looking to slash your Windows PC's boot time to the bone? We'll show you how we made one system boot 30 percent faster--without any hardware upgrades.