Don't-Miss Flash drive Stories

Can You Put an SSD and HDD In a Laptop?

George McCluney asked about putting an SSD and an HDD together in a laptop.

The Best of Both Worlds: An SSD and a HDD

Patrick Couzens asked about using both an SSD and an HDD in the same computer

Travel Smart: The Best Tech Gear for the Road

You can take it with you. A digital nomad reveals his favorite mobile equipment for traveling light.

How to Encrypt a Hard Drive

Use encryption to prevent outsiders from gaining easy access to data on your hard drives and flash drives.


How to Install an SSD in Your Laptop

Laptops are ideal candidates for solid state drives: These drives are more rugged and shock resistant than standard hard drives, since they have no moving parts.


Backup on the Road

Matt travels on business a lot. He asked the Answer Line forum for suggestions on backing up his data while on the road.

What Do You Do With an Infected CD, DVD, or Flash Drive?

Cyberknight asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum about safely handling infected external media


Learn How to Run Programs From Your Flash Drive

Not every program has a "portable" counterpart, but it's still possible to use your flash drive to make many of your favorites mobile.

Should I Switch to Linux?

Brad asked the Desktops forum for advice before switching from Windows 7 to Ubuntu Linux


Is It Safe to Format Flash?

After reading that defragging can wear out SSDs, Howard Meyer asked if it was safe to format flash drives and SD cards


Best Media For Backups

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

How to 'Safely Remove' Devices

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

Defragging: Why, How, and Whether

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