There comes a time when you need an external hard drive to either backup your system, offload some files onto another computer or just for mass storage. But when they're all connected by USB, it can become a cluttered mess of wires and what-not all over your desk. How do you fix that without making it look bad? Turns out there are some sneaky ways you can do it with just a few basic parts.
The modern family can consume gigabytes upon gigabytes of data on a monthly basis: streaming their own shows, listening to different music, gaming, and consuming online data like hot water in the morning. Here's a solution to ease the burden of filled up hard drives while being able to share files and media across devices in a household, family-style.
Anyone who travels regularly with tech gear in tow understands size and weight are always a consideration. Portable mobile device like tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks are great for work-travel for this reason, but usually come at the price of storage. Here are a few supplementary storage solutions to keep your pack light, but equipped with plenty of gigabytes...
You want to get a better performance machine? Upgrading to a SSD (Solid State Drive) will make you see (and feel) good numbers in the benchmark comparison with a regular spinner hard drive. Applications will open faster, your OS will be running healthier and your overall experience will be a snappier one. So back up your drive, invest on a SSD and see what MacBook Air owners have been emailing about.
Okay, so you just picked up a brand spankin' new solid state drive with its dive in prices over the last few months, but did you know there's methods to properly calibrate it for your operating system? Whether you're a Mac or a PC user, we suggest trying out these 5-10 minute tricks that may save your SSD a couple thousand hours or more.
[Thanks for the feedback folks! We agree - the correct term is 'optimize' rather than 'calibrate.']
Hard drives are bound to fail, as we've recently discussed, so of course having a backup plan is essential. There's plenty of way to spread the risk amongst multiple drives in your home, but what about online backup? So much is moving to the magical cloud and data speeds are increasing across the board (though no word on if/when we'll see speeds like Japan) that it's becoming increasingly practical to have a remote backup. Even if you trust drives in your own home more (and we agree, that's definitely a route to go) an online backup isn't very expensive and protects your data from things like fire, flood or freak accidents. Mozy, Carbonite, Dropbox and Backify all provide effective online backup services.
Most of us soon realize one internal drive isn't enough. Whether it be for extra storage for photos, music, and the myriad of data we accumulate or simply for backup purposes, an additional drive is becoming standard issue. For years PC users have had cheaper basic options while Mac users are victim to a bit of premium price gouging. Here's how to circumvent the premium and setup a "For Windows" drive for use with your Mac in a few easy steps...
Last week we posted on the life of hard drives and other storage when Gregory Han, our fearless leader, lost his hard disk. So we were curious if there was anything we could be doing to squeeze more life out of these essential bits of hardware. Sure, they will eventually crash and burn no matter what you do, and yes, getting a good drive to begin with goes a long way, but it can't just be a waiting game till you have to recover your data can it?
After our fearless leader, Gregory Han, recently spent his weekend recovering from the death of his hard drive, we felt compelled to begin to examine not just our own backup plans but the question of just how long a hard drive is supposed to last? The answer is surprising, as we looked into other media formats as well, from hard drives to CDs/DVDs, flash drives, and more. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Hard drive failure: they often say, "it's bound to happen". And when it does rear its ugly head...ho boy...you're in for some good times. And when I say good times, I mean spending my whole Sunday up through today piecing together everything I lost when my primary solid state drive bowed out of service with hardly a "au revoir" or even a "c'ya sucka!"