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  • How-Tos: 21 tips for supercharging your cloud storage

    Cloud storage isn't just for files and photos. With the right tools and services, you can do much more: organize data, or automate uploads and downloads. Synchronize, of course. Score extra space without paying an extra cent. Run a basic Web site from a cloud service, manage media, or even fax.

  • How-Tos: Fact or fiction: Eight Mac energy-saving techniques tested

    We're all interested in saving energy. Maybe you conserve to be a better global citizen or to save money on your utility bills. Maybe you use your laptop on the go and want to squeeze every possible minute of battery life out of it. But what if the daily computing practices you follow to save energy end up wasting it instead? What if your assumptions about Mac power usage are wrong? To investigate this possibility, Macworld's lab compiled a list of eight widely held opinions about energy conservation, grabbed our trusty power meters, and started logging power usage.

  • How-Tos: How to install a new CPU cooler – step by step

    If your PC quite literally never fails to make itself heard, you might want to take a look at the usual suspect for persistent fan noise: Your CPU cooler. Here's a detailed, visual guide on how to replace it with something better.

  • How-Tos: Speed up your PC with an SSD – and the right tweaks

    If you are still using a conventional hard drive, there has never been a better time to upgrade. Prices for SSDs have finally dropped to under £1 per Gigabyte, making them one of the best hardware investments at your disposal. In this How-To, we'll tell you how to prepare and what to keep in mind for the upgrade to an SSD.

  • How-Tos: How to check for bad RAM modules in your PC

    If you have become the victim of unprovoked bluescreens and frequent system crashes as of lately, you might want to have a look at your RAM. We'll show you how you can thoroughly test it with specialised tools.

  • How-Tos: Problems with PC? Here's how to check your power supply

    If your PC or laptop has been behaving erratically, it might be your PC's PSU. This handy tip from PC Advisor reader Andy Scott explains how to check your PC's power supply, and find out what's wrong with your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to add USB 3.0 to a PC

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to add a USB 3.0 port to your PC.

  • How-Tos: Replace PC's fan without having to buy new cooler

    Our Helproom Editor explains what to do if a fan in your PC starts making a lot of noise.

  • How-Tos: How to update your BIOS in ten steps

    Updating your BIOS can prove to be a tricky and dangerous endeavour – at least without proper help. We’ll lend you a hand and show you how to update your PC’s BIOS safely in ten easy steps.

  • How-Tos: Multiple Hard Drives Working Together: All about RAIDs

    Stevey, admitted confused by the benefits of RAIDs, asked the Answer Line forum to explain these hard drive groups.

  • How-Tos: Set up Windows 8 as a home server

    If you have multiple PCs in your home or small office, you can save time and look professional by storing your documents and media on one PC and using network sharing to access them across all your computers and devices. This prevents you from having to store duplicate copies of files and reduces confusion when trying to find which PC a file is stored on. Additionally, you only really need to worry about backing up one PC (though for safety's sake you should always back up everything on a regular basis.)

  • How-Tos: Answer Line: Move data files from an SSD to a hard drive

    PoloTiger has both a solid state drive and a hard drive, and the SSD is almost full. What's the best way to both move data files to the hard drive and make Windows understand that that's where they belong?

  • How-Tos: How to trick out your gaming PC with multiple graphics cards

    The simplest way to make your PC games look better is to buy a better graphics card. If you already have the best graphics card money can buy (one of these, perhaps), the next step is to install a duplicate and make them work together. Most savvy PC users have a machine with a discrete graphics card, but adding a second or even third card and running them together can lead to a big performance boost in demanding PC games.

  • How-Tos: SSDs vs. hard drives vs. hybrids: Which storage tech is right for you?

    In times past, choosing the best PC storage option required merely selecting the highest-capacity hard drive one could afford. If only life were still so simple! The fairly recent rise of solid-state drives and hybrid drives (which mix standard hard drives with solid-state memory) have significantly altered the storage landscape, creating a cornucopia of confusing options for the everyday consumer.

  • How-Tos: Turn your flash drive into a portable PC survival kit

    If you're using your flash drive as a vehicle for simple file transfers, you're missing out on one of the single-best roles one of these wee data buckets can fulfill. Indeed, hardcore enthusiasts know that simple flash drives are perfect portable repositories for all the software that can breathe life into an otherwise ailing PC.

  • How-Tos: DVD-less Snow Leopard installation on older Mac

    Reader Steven Harris is trying to do the right thing by his family, but technical barriers prevent it. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Answer Line: I must run this program on computers other than my own

    Lyman E Bertsch needs to run an application on a relative's computer. Installing the program isn't an option. Can Lyman run the program off a flash drive?

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Turning power off turns trouble on

    Sometimes, you can't win. The very thing you do to prevent potential trouble winds up causing you grief instead. Such was the case for me in today's episode of Bugs & Fixes. It's a story that also features a surprise ending.

  • How-Tos: Find out what's using all the space on your hard drive

    Problem: Your hard drive is getting full.

  • How-Tos: Remains of the Day: Born in the USA

    New iMacs are coming from inside the country! Elsewhere, Apple lets you buy iPhone 5s until your heart is content, and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs impression is a little eerie. The remainders for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 are just dancing in the dark.


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