Don't-Miss Storage Stories

How to discover space hogs on your hard drive

If you have a hard drive that is quickly approaching capacity, sorting through the files and folders and looking for the ones taking up the most space is a real time consuming process. There's an easier way to do it.

Backing up your entire drive: Cloning vs. imaging

Felix Luke needs to back up his entire hard drive. He asked me to explain the differences between cloning and imaging.

Why you shouldn't back up to an internal hard drive

In a previous article, I briefly explained why you shouldn't back up to a second internal drive. Mike Bell wanted a more detailed explanation.

Multiple hard drives working together: All about RAID setups

Stevey, admittedly confused regarding the benefits of RAID arrays, asked the Answer Line forum to explain these hard-drive groups.

How to access your old 3.5-inch floppy disks

What precious data lies on those forgotten floppies? It's pretty cheap and easy to find out.

Answer Line: Move data files from an SSD to a hard drive

PoloTiger has both a solid state drive and a hard drive, and the SSD is almost full. What's the best way to both move data files to the hard drive and make Windows understand that that's where they belong?

I must run this program on computers other than my own

Lyman E Bertsch needs to run an application on a relative's computer. Installing the program isn't an option. Can Lyman run the program off a flash drive?

Find out what's using all the space on your hard drive

Free disk-space analyzer WizTree quickly tells you which files and folders are consuming the most storage.

What's the best file system for an external drive?

Cyberknight asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if a new flash drive should be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS.

Keep your data safe when you travel for the holidays

Hitting the road this holiday season? Before you do, follow these steps to make sure you don't find a data disaster if your computer falls prey to nature, theft, or bad luck while you're out and about.

How to master Storage Spaces in Windows 8

Windows 8’s new Storage Spaces feature makes it easier than ever to manage and back up data across multiple drives.

-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go ver the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.

Can I recover some files and securely wipe others on a crashed hard drive?

Zeterjons asked the Utilities forum how to rescue files off of a physically crashed hard drive, while making sure that other files on that hard drive are destroyed beyond rescue.

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.

How to Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk

Want the speed of a solid-state drive without the expense? You might be able to set up a virtual hard drive in your PC by creating a RAM disk. Here's how to do it.