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How To Check If Your Hard Drive Is Failing

How To Check If Your Hard Drive Is Failing

Windows: I recently had a suspicion that something was up with my hard drive. Spending a little time to figure out what was going on — and to confirm nothing bad was actually happening — saved me $500+, or the cost of the shiny new 2TB SSD I was contemplating…

What Computer Specs Really Mean

What Computer Specs Really Mean

Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Buying a new computer, upgrading or troubleshooting on older system can leave you trapped in a mess of acronyms, jargon and numbers that may look like English but can leave you baffled. We looked at some of the key specs on modern PCs and used our nerd-to-human…

How To Upgrade Your Computer With A New Drive

Drives fail. And no matter how many backups you have, losing a drive when you’re in the middle of working on something important — my namesake’s law — can be a real pain in the arse. Thankfully, replacing your old-and-busted drive with a brand-new drive is one of the easiest…