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How to archive files so they'll stay around for years

Daisky wants to store files in a way that will make them available to future generations

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Find the right backup drive for your storage needs

If coming up with a backup strategy is one of your New Year's resolutions, maybe a backup drive should be on your holiday shopping list. We can tell you what to look for.

The absurdly simple guide to backing up your PC

Wherein we conceptualize the need and walk you through the deed.

Recover files from a dead external drive

Xolelwa Mzili's PC no longer sees her external hard drive. Can she recover the files?

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.

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How to get an extra 10GB of Google Drive space for free

If you don't already own one, beg, borrow, or steal an Android or iOS device to score the extra storage for your cloud drive.

How to make good use of an old hard drive

Carol Hart has an extra hard drive hanging around. She asked me what she can do with it.

How to change drive letters--even when the letter you want isn't available

Jack McCabe wants Windows to identify his data drive as D:, but D: is already taken.

Switch to Mac: Bring your hardware with you

When switching to a Mac from another computer, you’ll likely worry about software compatibility. But don’t forget all your keyboard, mouse, and other external accessories. Here’s how to get that gear to work with your Mac.

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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.)

How to securely wipe sensitive files--or your entire hard drive

Rommel asked the Utilities forum for advice on cleaning files off a hard drive so that they can never be restored

With an SSD, backups are more important than ever

It's a lot harder to recover data from a dead solid-state drive, so plan accordingly.

Improve performance with a hard drive upgrade

Alloystory asked the Laptops forum about speeding up a PC by replacing the hard drive with something faster.