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Care and Feeding of Hard Drives

The Care and Feeding of Hard Drives

Without hard drives, computers would just be expensive calculators. Even though faster processors, retina displays, portability, and battery life have become the buzzwords for what’s new in computers, nothing matters without the ability to store and retrieve data.

Drive Failure

Your Hard Drive is Failing—Now What?

Don’t panic, don’t lose your cool, and above all, don’t resort to violence—especially against your computer. Data recovery is more difficult if you take a bat to your laptop. The paradox of a failing hard drive is that the most frustrating event in human history requires the greatest calm. So, stay calm and follow these four simple steps to turn a catastrophic event into an inconvenient one.

I Need it Right Now!

But I Need My Data Now!

That actually works sometimes with your Mercedes if you have a good dealer. They will give you a loaner while your car is in the shop. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way with data. We don’t have spare data in the backroom that you can use in place of yours; and you can’t go rent some data until you get yours back either. Your data is more exclusive than the hottest Ferrari. Only your data will do. So, how do you get it back?

Data Encryption

Best Ways to Encrypt Data

The best way to encrypt most data is to not encrypt it; meaning, of course, not all data need be encrypted—or should it? Some individuals and companies feel they need to encrypt everything. Sometimes this is warranted; sometimes it’s just overkill. However, it is still a very subjective question. What some would consider paranoia may often be inadequate protection against corporate thieves and hackers.

With so many different brands and models, which drives offer the best speed, reliability and price?

Top 5 External Hard Drives of 2012

Paranoia is often what drives us to buy an external hard drive. We need to “back up” our photos and other information in case our computers die. But sometimes we have to buy another hard drive to back up the first hard drive. In our haste, we had bought the wrong brand. e have reached the end of another year. It is time to compile the best external hard drive brands of the year.

Hard Drive Internals

The Biggest Hard Drive in Existence

You could say that the biggest hard drive in existence doesn't exist yet. But the theory and capability to make the largest hard drive does exist. Unless you're talking about size, not capacity. We left the biggest hard drive behind decades ago.So what is the "biggest" hard drive for capacity? Currently the largest hard drive you can buy is 4TB but it may be within a decade that our children will say, "4 terabytes? That's so small!"

Laptop Keyboard

Tips for Protecting Data on a Mac OS X Laptop

Mac laptops are popular for a good reason; they are light, efficient computers for both professional and casual users. Trendsetting models like the Macbook Air and the powerful MacBook Pro are excellent systems, but they are as susceptible to data loss as any other high-end laptop. To keep your data safe, you need to regularly monitor system health and carry out some routine maintenance.

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