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    You've heard the advice countless times, but it is oh so easy to ignore: You simply must back up your Mac. If you don't back up your files, it's a question of when--not if!--you'll lose something important or irreplacable. Instead of making a hard-to-keep New Year's resolution like losing weight or exercising more, this year resolve to do something that only takes a smidgen of willpower to get started and then mostly takes care of itself: Make--and manage--regular backups of your computer.

  • How-Tos: What to do when your PC won't boot

    You switch on your PC or laptop, and instead of booting up as normal, it simply emits a series of beeps. Our Helproom Expert explains what this means, and what to do about it.

  • How-Tos: How to recover data from a damaged hard drive

    Your hard drive overheats and then shuts down, leaving precious files and photos beyond your reach. How do you recover data from the damaged hard drive? Our Helproom Expert explains all.

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  • How-Tos: Is That Grinding Sound the Death of My Hard Drive?

    Ericuse165 has a friend with a PC that's making a grinding noise. Eric asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: How to Boost Your Smartphone Battery Life

    Do you know where your smartphone is? Unless you're using it to read PCWorld.com, your phone is probably plugged into an outlet somewhere to charge, because the battery stinks. You can find plenty of good reasons why your smartphone battery sucks, most of which stem from the failure of lithium ion batteries to keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of rapidly evolving smartphone technology. Thankfully, plenty of tips and tutorials are available to help you wring every last drop of juice from your smartphone battery, and such tricks can be distilled down to two critical steps: Configure your smartphone for maximum battery life, and then download a reliable and trustworthy battery-optimization app.

  • How-Tos: Help! My PC can see only 3GB of RAM, 8GB is installed

    When a reader complained that his PC could utilise only 3.25GB of the 8GB RAM he's installed, our Helproom Expert was quick to diagnose the problem: a 32bit version of Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: Build Your Own Network-Attached Storage System

    With cheap storage readily available, the temptation to build vast libraries of music, movies, photos, and documents is ever present. But when each PC in your home is packed to its aluminum gills with gigabytes upon gigabytes of digital goods, managing all of that data can be a hassle.

  • How-Tos: How to install a new graphics card in an old PC

    One reader wanted to install a graphics card in the spare PCI Express x16 slot in his PC. Our Helproom Expert explained the options.

  • How-Tos: How to recover data from your hard drive

    If your hard drive is on its last legs, here are a few things you can try at home before opening your wallet and paying for a professional recovery.

  • How-Tos: How to build a compact gaming PC

    We show you how to construct a space-saving gaming PC including an nVidia GTX 570 graphics card for unbeatable performance. UPDATED: 23rd Feb 2012

  • How-Tos: How to solve memory compatibility or timing issues

    If every time you boot your PC you see the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, you need our Helproom Expert's advice.

  • How-Tos: How to choose components when building a PC

    You are going to build a PC. How do you know if PC components will work together? PC Advisor's Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Can my laptop use extra RAM?

    A reader attempted to upgrade the RAM in his two-year-old laptop. But his PC seemed to recognise only 2GB of the extra memory. Our Helproom Expert shows how to check how much RAM your laptop can take.

  • How-Tos: Can you use a PCI Express card in a PCI card slot?

    QUESTION I have a Dell Dimension 2400 PC running Windows XP SP3. Can I use a TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCI Express card in its PCI slots? Jim Melvin

  • How-Tos: Upgrade a PC to make it fast, stable and secure

    Get your hands dirty, and you can get a lot more from your PC hardware. We look at how to tweak a processor, install a faster CPU, switch to a more powerful graphics card or cool things down for improved efficiency.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a PC's motherboard

    If you want to keep your PC current, sooner or later you'll have to replace its motherboard. PC Advisor explains how to relieve the pain of that process.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a PC's processor

    Upgrading a desktop processor might sound intimidating, but it's an easier (and cheaper) way to boost your PC's speed than you think. PC Advisor explains how to upgrade your PC's processor.

  • How-Tos: How to install a solid-state drive (SSD) in a laptop

    A solid-state drive offers faster transfer rates and quieter operation than a hard-disk drive. It also has no moving parts, making it less fragile. PC Advisor explains how to make the switch to SSD.

  • How-Tos: How to liquid cool a PC

    A cooler PC will run smoother, faster and more quietly. Applying cooling components is fiddly, but worth doing. PC Advisor shows you how to liquid cool a PC.


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