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You can change drive letters, but know the risk of doing so

You can easily change drive D: into drive F:. But if Windows expects a file to be on drive D:, this is going to cause a problem.

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3 ways to keep sensitive files encrypted on a flash drive or external hard drive

Files you carry in your pocket can be easily lost or stolen. You can thwart the thieves with these easy techniques for encrypting external storage.

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When your Windows image backup fails, try this

A backup should protect your PC from disaster. But sometimes it can become one disaster on top of another.

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How to encrypt and password-protect ZIP files the right way

You can protect the contents of a ZIP file, but unless you know the trick, you might as well not bother.


Two backups are better than one--if you do them right

Backing up twice provides more protection than backing up once--but only if you don't make the same mistakes twice.

An SSD upgrade is still the single best thing you can do for your PC

I can't tell you exactly how much your PC will speed up with an SSD. But I can tell you it will be a lot.

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Cloud storage alternatives: Three ways to sync your own data securely and privately

Cloud storage is convenient, but you can remove any concerns about security or other issues if you do what they do yourself.

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When Windows refuses to eject mass storage: 5 ways to safely remove a USB drive

The whole point of external USB-connected storage is that you can easily unplug it, but Windows's Eject Mass Storage option balks sometimes. Resist the urge to yank out the drive and try one of these solutions instead.

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7 steps for archiving your files for posterity

We really don't know how long our photos and other digital content will last. But you can increase the odds that your great-grandchildren will enjoy the digital record of your life.

You can securely wipe your files, hard drive or SSD with one of these free utilities

You delete a file, then empty the recycle bin. But the contents of that file remains on your drive. Here's what to do about that.

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5 things you can do with a second internal drive

Sure, you could just store more stuff, but other options range from virtual machines to games.

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Tip: WinDirStat can help you free up storage space for GTA V (or anything else) in a flash

This tried-and-true program just helped me free up over 100GB worth of drive space in mere minutes.


Dropbox vs. Carbonite: The difference between cloud-based storage and backup

You can use a cloud storage and syncing service like Dropbox or Google Drive for backup, but you have to understand the limitations.

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Maximize your SSD's lifespan with the right maintenance

SSDs differ significantly from the hard drives they're replacing, including care and feeding. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep your SSD in shipshape.

Free up space on your SSD or hard drive

Your hard drive or (more likely) SSD is running out of space. Here are a few tricks for clearing out the garbage.