HARD DRIVES & DISKS

Nearly every desktop computer and server in use today contains one or more hard-disk drives. See how hard drives work and get troubleshooting and maintenance tips.
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How big a hard drive do I need?

Hard drives are getter bigger and bigger, capacity-wise. But do you really need terabytes' worth of space? We'll ponder optimal hard drive size in this article.

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  • How big a hard drive do I need?

    How big a hard drive do I need?

    Hard drives are getter bigger and bigger, capacity-wise. But do you really need terabytes' worth of space? We'll ponder optimal hard drive size in this article. See more »

  • How can I recover a deleted file from my computer recycling bin?

    How can I recover a deleted file from my computer recycling bin?

    When you delete files from your computer and empty it out of the Recycle Bin, can it be recovered? Learn about computer recycling bins and file recovery. See more »

  • How do I update the drivers on my computer?

    How do I update the drivers on my computer?

    People aren't always familiar with the role drivers play in their computing experiences because this software is often updated automatically. But if you do need to update them yourself, we've got some tips for you. See more »

  • How does a Zip drive store so much more data than a floppy drive?

    How does a Zip drive store so much more data than a floppy drive?

    The main thing that separates a Zip disk from a floppy disk is the magnetic coating used on the disk. How does this coating make such an impact on the disk's storage space? See more »

  • How does disk defrag work?

    How does disk defrag work?

    When you save a document, your machine disseminates little pieces of the file into empty spaces on the hard drive. Learn why it's done this way and how defragmenting maintains your computer's performance. See more »

  • How Floppy Disk Drives Work

    How Floppy Disk Drives Work

    Floppy disks were the first portable computer storage devices, created in 1967. They may be obsolete these days, but they definitely made computer history. See more »

  • How Hard Disks Work

    How Hard Disks Work

    Nearly every desktop computer uses one or more hard-disk drives. Your hard disk holds all of the information available on your computer. Take a look inside this incredibly precise storage mechanism. See more »

  • How Solid-state Drives Work

    How Solid-state Drives Work

    We know your digital life is important to you --all those apps, files, photos and music. But here's the 50-million-dollar question: Is a solid-state drive or a hard disk drive the right technology for the job? See more »

  • How to Add a Hard Drive to Your Computer in 8 Steps

    How to Add a Hard Drive to Your Computer in 8 Steps

    Is your computer more than a year old? If so, there's a good chance you're running low on disk space. Adding a hard drive will help -- we'll show you how. See more »

  • Should I move my hard disk to the cloud?

    Should I move my hard disk to the cloud?

    Cloud computing is no longer the wave of the future -- it's the wave of now! So is it time to go ahead and move the contents of your computer's hard drive online, or are some things better off staying home? See more »

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