Don't-Miss Storage Stories

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.

The proper care and feeding of SSD storage

Treat a solid-state drive like its mechanical cousin and you could end up in a world of pain. Here's how to handle these exotic beasts.

What to do when you can't boot from an external source

Externe can't boot his laptop from a CD or a flash drive. He asked the Answer Line forum for help.

Supersize your free cloud storage to 100GB or more

Massive amounts of cloud storage for zero money. All this can be yours, with the right strategy and a little help from your friends.

How to build a bulletproof cloud backup system without spending a dime

The no-cost guide to backing up photos, documents, and more.

12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't)

The excuses end here! Get your PC into tip-top shape by performing these 12 simple tweaks.

Cloud-based backup: Is it right for long-term storage?

Eugene Bartley wanted to know if his files would eventually disappear from a cloud-based backup service.