Hard drive failing? Here are the warnings and solutions you need to know

Wondering if your hard drive is about to fail? That can be infuriating, but we’re here to help. Learn how to diagnose and troubleshoot your hard drives in a few easy steps.

LaCie 4TB Porsche Design USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review

In the market for an external hard drive? Learn what the LaCie 4-terabyte USB 3.0 external hard drive is all about in our review!

How To Install A Solid State Drive (SSD)

Considering a SSD (Solid State Drive) for your desktop or laptop?  Before you begin (if you haven’t bought one already), you may want to consider a few things: Similar to older hard drives, capacity is increasing and cost is decreasing for SSD’s as the technology continues to mature.  Last time I did the calculations (you […]

Performance Tuning Black Art: How to Short-Stroke a Hard Drive

Poll any group of PC enthusiasts and the majority will tell you that the quickest way to boost an aging computer’s performance is to swap out its HDD for an SSD.  Over the last couple years, solid-state drives have fallen in price to the point where they are now viable upgrade options for most consumers.  […]

How To Install Memory And An SSD Drive Into A Macbook Pro [VIDEO]

I recently took it upon myself to beef up my 2011 Macbook Pro. This laptop originally came with 4 GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. And it served me perfectly fine for awhile. After awhile, however, I started to become more aware of the speed. My usual activity with the laptop was perfectly […]

Working Parts: A Closer Look at your Hard Drive

A lot of people don’t realize how glorious and complex computers really are. I mean, I’m sure they know they’re complicated, to a point, after all they’re pretty complicated machines to master, but it never really occurs to them just how complex they really are. Today, we’re going to delve into that complexity a bit- […]

What To Do if Your Hard Drive Fails

So…the unthinkable has happened. Somehow, your hard drive has just….given up. What can you do? How can you proceed from here? Is your data safe? Will you need to replace your computer? What about all your personal information? Here’s a few steps you should go through when you’re having hard drive troubles, in order to […]

Reader Mail: Hard Drive And USB Booting Issues With Linux And Windows

Aaron writes: i installed kubuntu on a flash drive so i could use on a different computer, but now the computer that i installed it on cant start without the flash drive. I have tried windows System Restore but it did not work. i would like to keep Kubuntu on the flash drive but I […]

How Much Have Hard Drive Prices Increased?

Since the Thailand flooding disaster that really put the hard drive suppliers in a pickle, hard drive prices have gone up. Way up. How far up? More than double. In this article I wrote back in July 2011 (8 months ago), the 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive mentioned was $55. The price of the same […]

Do You Need A Higher Wattage Power Supply For A New Hard Drive?

Micky writes: I need to replace my PC’s hard drive. I have a Dell dimension 8400. It is about about 8 years old. I am looking to buy a Western Digital 320 GB, 7200 rpm. I have two questions: is a 350 watts power supply enough for this drive & will it generate too much […]

How To Hide An External Hard Drive From Your Desk Space

External hard drives are great. As an iMac user (yeah yeah, whatever 😉 )… I make use of external hard drives for backup purposes and redundancy. The thing is, they take up space. And then there’s a wire on your desk. If you’re trying to get rid of desktop clutter, then a good option is […]

The External Hard Drive Care Guide

So, you want a bit more storage space for your files, do you? Got too much music? Too many movies? Too much material of an illicit nature? Whatever the reason, you’re going to want an external hard drive. And in much the same way as a computer, you’re going to want to care for it […]

Is Defragmenting A Solid State Drive Necessary?

Chances are pretty good most of you out there will be installing a solid state drive soon or within the next year or so. However we’ve been told for almost 18 years (MS-DOS 6 was released in 1994 which featured the DEFRAG.EXE utility) that we’re supposed to periodically "defrag" our hard drives to optimize performance. […]

Is A Standalone Wireless Hard Drive Worth Buying?

A standalone wireless hard drive is: A 3.5-inch hard drive in an enclosure where the enclosure on its own has Wi-Fi connectivity. Does such a thing exist? Yes. One such example is the Imation Pro WX, released in 2009 if I’m not mistaken. The Pro WX basically looks like a large-ish wireless router, except it’s […]

What Are The Safest Used Hard Drives To Buy?

In the context of this article, "safe" concerning a hard drive means "least likely to have mechanical failure". While true you can buy 1TB drives new for under $150 easily, there are tens of thousands of platter-based hard drives out there that are used and much cheaper – but which are the safest? Laptop HDDs […]