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NAS Buying Guide

Network-attached storage is becoming indispensable at work and at home. Here’s how to pick the right NAS device for you.

PowerLine Buying Guide

Plug the gaps in your wireless network by routing network traffic through electrical outlets

My Backup is a Mess

With an external hard drive filling up with redundant backups, Loutsoul62 turned to the Answer Line forum for help

Using More Than One Backup Program

Ata Amiri asked if using two separate backup program will interfere with incremental backups

Recover Lost Data From a Crashed Laptop Hard Drive

After you replace a bad drive, how can you temporarily restore access to that drive to run data-recovery utilities? Here's a high-level, low-cost solution.

Best Media For Backups

Kenb asked the Desktops forum onto what type of media he should backup his files

PC Spring Cleaning: Automatically Organize Your Files

Here's how to find and eliminate PC clutter--and automate file organization so that it never crops up again.


Hard Disk Drive Failure

Robyn's PC gives her a "Hard Disk Drive Failure" error message at boot up. A reboot loads Windows.

How to 'Safely Remove' Devices

Simply pulling your flash memory or USB-connected external drive out of your PC could cause problems.

How to Completely Erase a Hard Drive

These tips and tricks will help you destroy old data and make sure that your old drives are wiped clean.

Defragging: Why, How, and Whether

Rasha1997 asked if he should use Windows’ own defragging tool, a third-party defragger, or just not bother

Easy Ways to Preserve Your Holiday Photos

Make sure you never lose your photo collection due to a computer failure.