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How to recover lost photos from your camera or phone

Your precious photos disappeared before you could move them to your PC or cloud storage. Here's how to get them back.

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Is your backup drive full? Here's how to make space

Windows and third-party utilities can help you clean out older backups or older versions of files that you don't need anymore.

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You can encrypt your hard drive, but the protection may not be worth the hassle

Encryption could impact other computer activities, and it could also make file recovery harder. Here's how to encrypt without regrets.

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GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love

The newer (GPT) standard solves some limitations of the older (MBR) standard. Here's how to tell which standard your drive uses.

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Why you might still want an optical drive

Not that long ago, every PC could read and write CDs and DVDs. Not anymore. The disappearance of optical drives has its advantages, but also its problems.

A few good reasons to partition your SSD or hard drive

It's not something you'd do every day, like making and deleting file folders, but it can be helpful. Here's why.

When to image a hard drive, and when to clone it

Imaging and cloning will both copy the contents of your drive, but the best way depends on whether you're upgrading or backing up. Here's when you should use each one.

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Supercharge your PC's storage with a RAID setup: Everything you need to know

Configuring multiple drives in RAID can protect against disaster and provide face-meltingly fast transfer speeds.

When to buy a flash drive, an external hard drive, or an external SSD

What kind of external storage do you need? This guide will help you decide how best to spend your money.

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It's cheap and easy to make your own portable hard drive from an old PC drive

An external enclosure is all you need to give your old storage a new lease on life.

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All about drive letters and drive names

All of your storage devices have drive letters, and perhaps even drive names, to help you and your OS manage them. Here's how to manage those letters and names--and avoid confusing your computer in the process.

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Save money by not buying a larger SSD than you need

By the gigabyte, an SSD is much more expensive than a conventional hard drive. You may be able to save money by buying one with a smaller capacity.