Don't-Miss Storage Stories

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.

Easy Ways to Clear Space on Your Laptop's Hard Drive

Do you live with a thin-and-light laptop that has a small drive? Or just have a large drive that's filled to overflowing? Here's how to get some breathing room back.

Sync Any Folder to Your SkyDrive Account

If you don't want to upset your existing folder structure, here's a simple way to add folders to SkyDrive without moving them first.

How to Speed Up Your NAS With iSCSI

Want to access your network-attached storage drive a little faster? We explain how to configure and use an iSCSI target on a NAS server with Windows' built-in iSCSI initiator for fast access.

How to Convert an Old PC into a Modern Server

Don’t recycle that aging desktop PC--give it a new purpose in life.

On What Media Should I Backup My Photos?

Nick Golna asked whether he should backup his photos onto a flash drive or DVDs. I discuss other options, as well.

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The Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

PCWorld's editors band together to solve the greatest PC mysteries! Find out why your PC beeps on startup, what a .dat file is, how USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 differ, and much more!

An Easier Way to Add Files to Your Dropbox Account

Finally fulfilling the promise of its name, Dropbox now lets you drag and drop files from your desktop to the Web.