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Storage Questions

1. Should I defrag my SSD?
2. Why can't I use all the space on my storage device?
3. What does "bits per die" mean?
4. How do I transfer my files to a new computer?
5. What should I do if my hard drive is going bad?
6. How do I copy my primary hard drive to a new hard drive?
7. What does "internal storage" mean?
8. What is a C drive?
9. How long does it take to complete a 7-pass erase on a hard disk?
10. What is the difference between "recover" and "restore?"
11. Can I use my internal hard drive as an external hard drive?
12. Will adding more RAM give my computer more free space?
13. Can I transfer a program like Print Shop that is on many CDs to a single DVD?
14. What is the difference between a USB hard drive and a USB flash drive?
15. How can I free up space on my hard disk?
16. How do I open files from a USB flash drive?
17. How can I make sure everything is deleted off my hard drive before I sell my computer?
18. How do I know if the blank CDs & DVDs I buy are rewritable?
19. Is it possible to recover files off a disk that has been reformatted or initialized?
20. What does it mean to reformat a hard drive?
21. What is a lost cluster?
22. What does it mean to defragment a hard disk?
23. Are Zip disks more reliable than 3.5" diskettes (floppy disks)?
24. Why does my hard drive make a lot of noise?
25. Why does my hard drive spit and shutter so much even after I defragmented it?
26. What would I want to partition my hard drive?
27. Can I still start my computer if my hard drive fails?
28. Why won't my new IDE hard drive work after I just installed it?
29. What is the difference between a double density (DD) diskette, and a high density (HD) diskette?