Don't-Miss Hard drive Stories

Free Up Hard-Drive Space, Fast

Need to clear some storage space on your hard drive? Here's how to put it through a crash diet and free up a few gigs right now.

Disaster-Proof Your PC: Image Your Drive, Make a Backup Plan

Here's how to prepare for disaster by imaging your hard drive and setting up a data backup system.

How (and Why) to Partition Your Hard Drive

Use Windows' built-in Disk Management tool to make your backups easier, to set up an emergency recovery partition, or even to install another operating system.

Restore Data After Motherboard Death

Peter’s motherboard died. How can he retrieve the data on his hard drive?

My Hard Drive is Making Funny Noises

Lunaflora’s hard drive is making a clicking noise. She asked the Answer Line forum for advice.

PC World's Top 10 How-To Videos

How to wipe a hard drive clean, coax a wet gadget back to life, install Windows 7, and calibrate your HDTV are some of our most popular videos.

Securely Wipe a Dead Hard Drive

Dwma needs to return a dead hard drive to the manufacturer. Is there a way to first remove sensitive data?

Speed Up Everything

Is your PC dragging? Does your broadband network creep along at dial-up speeds? Do Web pages take forever to load on your smartphone? Don't wait! These fixes will get you back into the fast lane.

Parlay Your Photos Into Holiday Cards and Calendars

Use image-editing software and Websites to turn your digital photos into handcrafted greeting cards and other holiday gifts.


When the Backup Drive Gets Full

Rat74136’s external hard drive is full. How does he keep backing up?

Why is My Computer Slowing Down?

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum why his once quick PC is slowing down

Old Software on Floppies

Helmut Schwemmer wants to use very old software on a new PC

Play Music Off an External Drive

Daniel Shaughnessy wants iTunes and WMP to see the music on his USB drive


Could I Just Destroy the Hard Drive?

Joel Edillon wants my opinion on physically destroying a hard drive instead of wiping it

7 Backup Strategies for Your Data, Multimedia, and System Files

Nobody likes backing up, but one day, it’ll save your bacon. Here are the most efficient methods of protecting your stuff, no matter what your situation.