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Storage Area Networks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Learning about — and using — storage area networks (SANs) will go more smoothly if you study this handy chart of acronyms used for phrases describing storage area network parts, people, and processes. [more…]

Understand PC Mass Storage

Because all your files — programs, documents, pictures, music, embarrassing videos — are kept on the mass storage system, maintaining and troubleshooting your PC’s storage devices are a high priority. [more…]

Navigate Mass Storage Devices in Your Windows PC

Mass storage devices are used to store your files in your PC. Windows provides ready access to storage media in your computer via the Computer window. In Windows XP, the window is titled My Computer. [more…]

Troubleshoot Issues with Adding New PC Storage Media

When you add new storage media in your PC, you might experience a few issues with adding new items to your PC’s storage system. First, let’s understand how you can add new storage to the system and how [more…]

Add New PC Storage Media

When you add new storage media in your PC, you might experience a few issues with adding new items to your PC’s storage system. First, let’s understand how you can add new storage to the system and how [more…]

Safely Remove Thumb Drives from Windows PCs

If storage devices are removed improperly, they can cause loss of data or Windows malfunctions. To prevent that, familiarize yourself with the proper way to remove drives. [more…]

Troubleshoot Master Boot Record Error Messages

A host of errors requiring your troubleshooting attention are associated with a bad, corrupt, or missing masterboot record, or MBR. These error messages appear when the computer starts — obviously, before [more…]

Troubleshoot Common PC CD/DVD/DVR Issues

Optical drives — aka CD, DVD, or DVR drives — are rapidly replacing diskette drives in today’s PCs so knowing how to troubleshoot some of the common issues will be important well into the future. [more…]

Troubleshoot PC DVR Recording Issues

Most PCs come with optical drives that allow you to record. When the record function doesn’t work, you need a few troubleshooting tools for checking both the DVR drive and the media that you put in it. [more…]

Configure AutoPlay for PC Optical Drives and Media

When your computer doesn’t know what to do with the disc in its optical drive, it presents you with options in the AutoPlay dialog box. You can customize AutoPlay settings, creating preset options for [more…]

Clean or Dispose of Optical Storage Media (CD/DVD)

If your CD or DVD is skipping or just not playing right, it may just need to be cleaned. If cleaning the disc doesn’t work, you may need to clean the drive. And if that doesn’t work, your disc is probably [more…]

Properly Remove CDs or DVDs from Your PC

If storage media is removed improperly, it can cause loss of data. Then you will have a major troubleshooting issue on your hands. To prevent that, familiarize yourself with the proper way to remove media [more…]

Is My PC Hard Drive Partitioned?

A single physical hard drive can become one or more logical hard drives. In fact, it’s those logical drives you see in the Computer or My Computer window. That’s because Windows can use a hard drive only [more…]

How to Install a New Drive in Your PC

If you have decided that you need for file space or that you want to replace your old CD drive with an up-to-date DVD-RW, you need to know how to install one. It’s easier than you think. To shove a new [more…]

What to Know Before You Upgrade PC Storage

Internally, you can add two types of drives to a computer console: a hard drive, also known as a disk drive, and an optical drive, also known as a CD or DVD drive. For the purposes of installing and upgrading [more…]

Choose a New Hard Drive for Your PC

The number-one thing to look for in a new hard drive is capacity. How much more space will the hard drive provide to store my stuff? Generally speaking, for second internal hard drives, get a drive that’s [more…]

Choose a New Optical Drive for Your PC

A second optical drive may seem excessive, but sometimes it’s necessary. For example, you might have a DVD drive and want a DVD-R/RW combo drive. Or, maybe you’re a gamer and you like to keep game discs [more…]

How to Find Out If Your PC Has Enough Memory

The more programs running simultaneously on a computer, the slower it runs. The speed decrease should not be noticeable, especially when you switch applications. If it is, your PC may not have enough memory [more…]

How to Check Virtual Memory on Your Windows PC

Virtual memory is disk storage that’s used to supplement the actual memory (RAM) in your PC. When memory resources get low, chunks of memory are quickly written to disk. The memory that’s written is then [more…]

Spyware: The Number One Reason Computers Slow Down

If your computer is suddenly slow, you have a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. If it has slowed down over the past few weeks or days, it fits in the [more…]

Activate ReadyBoost to Speed up a Slow Windows PC

ReadyBoost speeds up computer performance. It does so by supplementing system memory and mass storage access with a portion of fast flash memory from a flash drive, such as a USB thumb drive. Windows 7 [more…]

Is a Memory Leak Causing Your PC Slow-Down?

Software can dramatically slow down your computer when that software leaks memory. Memory leaks happen when a program you run fails to release memory it has used. [more…]

How to Defragment a Hard Drive on a Windows Vista PC

Defragmenting is commonly called defragging. No matter what you call it, defragging or defragmenting your hard drive will speed up disk performance. If you haven’t defragmented your PC’s hard drive in [more…]

How to Determine Remaining Storage Capacity on a PC Hard Drive

The stuff you create and collect on your PC’s hard drive — the primary storage device — can grow to colossal proportions. Yet while all that stuff accumulates, the hard drive itself doesn’t change from [more…]

How to Locate Large Files on a Hard Drive Using Windows 7

If the capacity of your hard drive is running low, it is time to clean off some files. A good place to start is by locating the largest files on your hard drive. If you’ve never done this type of search [more…]

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