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If you're erasing sensitive files from a computer, you probably want them gone forever and far beyond the reach of data recovery tools. Unfortunately, that's not what happens all of the time. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your files are deleted permanently.

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Have you ever accidentally deleted a file, a folder or formatted an entire partition? It happens to the best of us, but all hope is not lost. There are a whole lot of free data recovery and undelete utilities available online, though it can be just as hard to tell which ones will actually work (and won't turn out to contain malware). If you're feeling a bit lost, we've rounded up the top five free data recovery tools for you, right here.

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Despite the popularity of SSDs for desktop and notebook devices, there’s still a strong market for traditional spinning hard drives. While we always need the fastest storage possible, there’s a balancing act between performance, storage volume and price. Which explains why Seagate has released a 12TB 3.5-inch drive.

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I'm a sucker for a good factory tour. I recently had the opportunity to visit two of Seagate's facilities in Singapore. Woodlands is a plant where Seagate manufactures hard drives while Shugart, named for the company's founder, was focused on testing drives. I thought I knew a bit about storage but those tours were an eye-opener. Here's what I learned.

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If you know a thing or two about hard drives, you're likely aware of SMART, or Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. All modern drives come equipped with this functionality, but taking the statistics it provides and predicting an actual drive failure? Fortunately, data backup firm Backblaze has real-world data to play with and as such, a solid understanding of how SMART factors into drive reliability.

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A substantial PC upgrade, or even a better workspace, doesn't have to be a huge project that drains your time and energy. If you can order the parts, there are several worthwhile improvements you can make that will pay off big when it's time to work (or play). Here are some of them.

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Dear Lifehacker, What's the best way to dispose of a used hard drive? I've knocked a hole through using a crowbar and hammer near the spindle and through the circuit board. Is that sufficient to prevent any data recovery? Is there an easier way to destroy the hard drive?

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The rise of cloud storage means that individuals and corporations are buying fewer hard drives, while the operators of cloud services are purchasing them in massive quantities. Now Google is arguing that as a consequence, hard drives really need to become less reliable -- and that's not quite as insane as it first sounds.

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Hi guys, I really need to buy a new hard drive -- but I am torn between the choice of a WD Black 4TB which is currently $309 on PC Case Gear or a Toshiba 4TB, which unfortunately they have stopped selling but other sites I think still do. However Toshiba also have the X300 series but I haven't found any reviews on them. I was wondering if possible if you could do a comparison on them regarding performance and their pricing?