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Benchmarks don't lie: SSD upgrades deliver huge performance gains

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.

Put your passwords in your pocket and take them everywhere you go

Password managers help you keep more passwords than you can memorize. Eric asked if he could carry one on a flash drive.

How to safely remove a USB drive even when Windows says it isn't safe to do so

Windows doesn't always allow you to safely remove a flash drive or external hard drive. Klaatu asked the Answer Line forum for advice.

Add an external drive to your WMP or iTunes music collection

Kat Korsmo asked how to play music off an external hard in Windows Media Player library. (My answer covers iTunes, as well.)

Turn your flash drive into a portable PC survival kit

When web utilities won't work and all hope fails, a properly loaded thumb drive can fix PC hassles in a flash.

What's the best file system for an external drive?

Cyberknight asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if a new flash drive should be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS.

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.

How to Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk

Want the speed of a solid-state drive without the expense? You might be able to set up a virtual hard drive in your PC by creating a RAM disk. Here's how to do it.

Password Protect a Flash Drive

Enddylopez asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum about password protecting a flash drive

Safely Remove USB Drives Just by Unplugging Them

All evidence to the contrary, you don't have to bother with the 'Safely Remove Hardware' step. Here's how to make the necessary tweaks.

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.

How to Carry Any Operating System in Your Pocket

You never know when you might need to install your favorite operating system--and it takes only a few minutes to load it on a USB flash drive so that you can carry it with you wherever you go. Here’s how to do it.

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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.