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  • How-Tos: How to Securely Erase Your Hard Drive

    The siren has sung and you've finally succumbed to her call: You're the proud owner of a shiny new PC; a faster, better SSD; or a bigger, better hard drive. It's time to toss your old equipment in the trash and start playing with your new toys, right? Not so fast.

  • How-Tos: Dropbox Two-Step Verification: Hands On

    Two-step account verification is a hot topic after hackers nearly wiped out the digital life of tech journalist Mat Honan recently, and Dropbox is the latest online service to enable the added security measure.

  • How-Tos: PC is running slow and noisy

    Is your PC running slowly and making a lot of noise? It could be overheating. Our Helproom Editor explains how to deal with an overheating PC.

  • How-Tos: Problem with hard drive in new PC case

    When a reader moved his PC to a new chassis, everything seemed to be fine. Then he started receiving hard drive error messages. Our Helproom Editor suggested checking the SATA cables and connectors, as well checking the motherboard.

  • How-Tos: Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk

    If you've ever wished that you could emulate the performance of a solid-state drive without installing a new piece of hardware, consider creating a new virtual hard drive on your PC that runs purely from RAM, also known as a RAM disk. Setting one up is a little tricky, but the performance benefits (if your system has enough RAM) are worth the effort.

  • How-Tos: How to Add RAM to Your Laptop

    One of the best ways to perk up the performance of an older laptop is by increasing its memory. Most of the time, the process of adding RAM is little harder than changing a light bulb. But not every laptop is easy to upgrade, and some modern thin-and-light units can't be upgraded at all--you have to buy the laptop with as much memory as you expect to need for its lifetime. Here's a primer to upgrading your laptop with additional RAM.

  • How-Tos: Problem with hard drive enclosure

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to spot problems when putting an old hard drive into a new caddy to make an external hard disk.

  • How-Tos: Easy Ways to Clear Space on Your Laptop's Hard Drive

    It's all too easy to run out of disk space.

  • How-Tos: Upgrade from a hard drive to an SSD

    Adding in an SSD to house your laptop- or PC's OS can make your compter faster. Here our Helproom Editor explains how to upgrade from a hard drive to an SSD.

  • How-Tos: Fix a noisy graphics card

    If your PC or laptop's graphics card is making a lot of noise, it may be bad news for the card, or just part of it. Our Helproom Editor explains how to repair a graphics card, and why it may be worth simply replacing it.

  • How-Tos: How to Make Your Own Network Cables

    Although it's easy to head to the electronics store to buy network cables, making do with cables of predetermined lengths can be a problem. More often than not, premade cables are either too short (and require coupling) or too long (in which case, you have to tie up excess cabling and tuck it away somewhere). The end result is usually a mess of extra network cable, wrapped and bundled up alongside your devices and network switches. It works, but it isn't ideal, and it looks horrible.

  • How-Tos: How to Undo RAID: Best Practices

    It seemed like a simple, relatively safe task: I needed to undo the RAID array on my PC.

  • How-Tos: How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC

    Building a desktop computer that's amazing is easy, if a little time-consuming. But even after you’ve stuffed your new system with all the latest hardware, hooked up your cabling, and cleaned off your desk for a giant monitor, you’re not quite done.

  • How-Tos: Storing files on your camera card

    Reader Derrick Cliff has need of quick and dirty storage. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Can I use a PCI Express x1 slot for a graphics card?

    You can add a second display to a PC by fitting a graphics card to a PCI Express x1 slot: just don't expect great performance. Our Helproom Editor explains.

  • How-Tos: PC fan getting louder

    Here's what to do if your PC's cooling fan has suddenly become a lot louder.

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  • How-Tos: How to Convert an Old PC into a Modern Server

    Your old desktop PC gave you years of reliable service, but eventually it couldn't keep up with modern tasks and applications; so you went out and bought something newer and faster. Now you need to decide what to do with the old clunker.

  • How-Tos: How to Partition Your Hard Drive to Optimize Performance

    Solid-state drives are all the rage lately, thanks to their high transfer speeds and ultrafast access times, but most people still use cheap, spacious mechanical hard drives. Unfortunately, mechanical hard drives also constitute one of the most significant performance bottlenecks in modern computer systems. Even when paired with the fastest processors and lots of memory, a slow hard drive will drag down the a system's overall performance and responsiveness, which is why upgrading to an SSD usually yields such significant performance gains.

  • How-Tos: Motherboard Port Guide: Solving Your Connector Mystery

    If you've ever opened a PC case and stared inside, or looked at a bare motherboard, you may be taken aback by the number and variety of connectors, pins, and slots that exist on a modern PC motherboard. In this guide I'll identify some of the most common (and a few uncommon) connectors on motherboards used in most home PCs. I won't cover server- or workstation-class boards here, just what you might find in a typical midrange or high-end home PC.


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