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Lifehacker replace hard drive
[February 9, 2016 – 12:03 pm]
Lifehacker replace hard drive

Backblaze uses 25, hard drives for its online backup service. This has provided some interesting information, such as how long hard drives are likely to last and the difference in reliability between enterprise and consumer drives. Today, Backblaze has spilled the beans on which drive manufacturers are the most reliable. The comparison is between Seagate, Hitachi, and Western Digital. (The company has a few Toshiba and Samsung drives, but not enough for analysis.) Backblaze says they buy the least expensive drives that perform well, based on stress tests and a few weeks in…

Lifehacker best hard drive enclosure
[January 31, 2016 – 05:27 am]
Lifehacker best hard drive enclosure

A great way to get some life out of a hard drive from a previous build, or your old drive once you ve upgraded to an SSD or a new computer is to grab a drive enclosure, mount the drive into it, and connect it to your computer via USB, Firewire, or eSATA. This week, we want to know which drive enclosures you think are the ones worth buying to repurpose those old drives. Maybe there s a specific enclosure that you love, or a dock that you use all the time and keep multiple drives inside it. Whatever your preference is, we want to hear it. Leave your vote in the discussions below!…

Lifehacker hard drive reliability
[January 26, 2016 – 08:58 am]
Lifehacker hard drive reliability

Hard drives designed for businesses are generally considered more reliable than consumer drives—after all, they re used in company servers and important storage arrays. Don t let the enterprise label fool you, though. Data from Backblaze suggests consumer hard drives might be more reliable. In addition to recording failure rates of thousands of consumer grade hard drives, the online backup company has also been keeping tabs on the enterprise-class drives used in its servers. (The consumer grade drives store customers backup data, while the servers from Dell and EMC store…

Lifehacker delete hard drive
[January 24, 2016 – 09:48 am]
Lifehacker delete hard drive

Dear Lifehacker, I m about to sell my phone, and I want to erase my data. Are the built-in methods secure? Could someone with data recovery software still uncover my private information? Sincerely, Total Wipe of the Phone Dear Vague Bonnie Tyler Reference, The good news is that, in general, most phones are pretty good at securely removing your data when you re done with the device. There are still some measures you need to take to protect yourself before you pass the handset off, though. What Everyone Should Do No matter what type of smartphone you use, there are a few basic…

Lifehacker hard drive recovery
[January 22, 2016 – 08:23 pm]
Lifehacker hard drive recovery

Imagine this: you re busy working on your computer and need to access documents saved on your external hard drive. You connect it, get ready to find your data, andnothing happens. Your hard drive isn t working. Uh oh. Before you panic, there are several things you can try on your own before calling in the pros. Data loss can be due to a number of factors, but two are the most common. The first (and easiest to resolve) is software related. You ve accidentally deleted an important folder and emptied the recycle bin, or gone and formatted the wrong drive by mistake. The second—and…

Lifehacker clone hard drive
[January 19, 2016 – 09:31 am]
Lifehacker clone hard drive

Windows: If you manage photos, music, or even lots of documents, you know what its like to have copies of the same file in different folders. Duplicate Commander can scan those folders and remove the duplicates, but it can also take things a step further and replace the dupes with hard links, so you ll never open a folder and wonder where the original document lives. The only thing worse than having tons of duplicate files cluttering up your hard drive is cleaning up those duplicates, only to open a folder where you remember the document and remembering that you actually left…

Lifehacker external hard drive recovery
[September 7, 2015 – 03:41 pm]
Lifehacker external hard drive recovery

If you have an old iPod sitting around collecting dust, you might as well get some use out of it. One way to do that is to turn it into a bootable drive where you can troubleshoot, test out other operating systems, or just run a few quick programs in another OS without wasting space on your hard drive. Here s how to do it. An old iPod is essentially a hard drive, and you can treat it like one. It s not properly vented, so it will get hot. That means you shouldn t treat it like a full-blown operating system all the time, but it still works great a temporary place to boot into…

Lifehacker hard drive Diagnostic
[December 6, 2015 – 10:46 am]
Lifehacker hard drive Diagnostic

Now that you ve bought all your components, it s time for the moment of truth: You re ready to actually put together the machine. Assembling your computer can seem daunting, but it s actually pretty easy. Here s what you need to do. Step Zero: Plan and Test Before You Build I recommend reading through this guide before you start so you know what you ll need to do, but despite the instructions, I actually recommend building your computer once outside your case before building it inside your case, as discussed in the video above. This will ensure all your components are working…

Lifehacker hard drive encryption
[December 21, 2015 – 02:55 pm]
Lifehacker hard drive encryption

Dear Lifehacker, I ve read a number of articles recently about encryption and keeping my personal data safe. I can see the need for protecting financial information, but what other info do I really need to be concerned about? Things like my photo album, music collection and video library (which by far take up the majority of my hard disk space) don t seem like the things that need to be encrypted so much as just backed up—so full disk encryption seems a bit like overkill. Right? Signed, Unsure About Security Dear Unsure, It s great that you re thinking about protecting your…

Lifehacker best hard drive 2015
[July 9, 2015 – 09:03 am]
Lifehacker best hard drive 2015

Chrome may be the best browser around, but it eats up your PC’s RAM like turkey on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony. What Chrome Uses All That RAM For Web browsing has become more complex than people give it credit for. Think about it: When you’re using a computer, most of what you do takes place in your browser, from opening tabs to watching videos and using webapps or extensions that integrate…

Lifehacker hard drive repair
[November 27, 2015 – 04:03 pm]
Lifehacker hard drive repair

Some materials were just made for DIY miracles. Binder clips are one example. Another is Sugru, the moldable silicone that can fix or improve just about anything. Here are 10 awesome ways you can put it Sugru to work in your projects. 10. Refill Travel Toothpaste Bottles If you re heading on a trip and need a plane-sized bottle of toothpaste—but your travel supply is running dangerously low—you can refill those travel sized bottles with just a little bit of Sugru. If you re very careful, you could do this without Sugru, of course, but if your hand just isn t steady enough, the…

Lifehacker clean up hard drive
[July 12, 2015 – 12:15 pm]
Lifehacker clean up hard drive

We re all decluttering our closets and basements in celebration of spring, but it s time for a break. Kick back on the couch, pull up your Android phone, and act like you re still being productive by giving it some spring cleaning of its own. Reclaim Drive and SD Card Space Most Android devices have two different storage spaces: your internal space (where apps are stored) and your SD card (where your music, photos, and many of your apps settings are stored). The SD card is easy to clean up—just delete any music, photos, and videos you don t need. If you see any folders that…

Lifehacker format hard drive
[October 19, 2015 – 10:52 am]
Lifehacker format hard drive

Whether you re selling your computer, trying a new operating system, or setting up an external drive for backups, sometimes you need to completely erase and format a hard drive. Here are the basic steps involved. File Systems Explained When you first set up a hard drive for use with a computer, you have to format it using a file system . Different operating systems (like Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) use different file systems to organize and store data, so you need to use the file system most applicable for your needs. Here are a few of the more popular file systems you ll…

Lifehacker broken hard drive
[July 24, 2015 – 08:44 am]
Lifehacker broken hard drive

Windows: ProduKey is a handy utility we ve mentioned previously for backing up and retrieving the software keys for Windows and Microsoft Office. But what do you do if your computer has already crashed? You can still recover the keys from the broken computer s hard drive. How To Geek offers a couple of ways to get those software keys. You can remove the drive and, with a hard drive connector or external hard drive case, connect it to another Windows computer. Or you can use a live Linux USB drive to boot the broken computer and copy the config folder from Windows system folder…

Lifehacker best Portable hard drive
[May 16, 2015 – 02:30 pm]
Lifehacker best Portable hard drive

A network storage device is one of the best ways to keep your data backed up, but it can be a little pricey to set up and leaving a computer on all the time sucks a lot of power. If you re looking for a cheap and low power solution, How-To Geek shows off how to use a $35 Raspberry Pi with a external hard drive as a NAS. The process of using a Raspberry Pi as a NAS is pretty straight-forward and the only additional equipment you need is a USB hard drive (or two for redundancy). First off, you need to do the initial set up process for the Raspberry Pi. Then, you need to run a…