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It’s common wisdom that deleted files can’t be recovered from solid-state media, only from traditional mechanical hard drives. But this only applies to internal drives — USB flash drives and external solid-state drives are vulnerable to file-recovery attacks.

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Many computers give you the option to set a “hard disk password” along with operating system passwords and BIOS passwords.┬áThis is different from encryption — a hard disk password doesn’t actually encrypt your files.

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Macs can automatically download and reinstall their operating system. This process normally keeps your personal files, but you can choose to erase them. You can also create USB installation media to speed up installing OS X on multiple Macs.

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The numbers in the title will vary from carrier to carrier and phone to phone, but we show how we came up with these numbers below. They illustrate how you’re paying more when you buy a phone on contract, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.

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Fax machines are still trucking along in offices around the world. Government agencies, lawyers, doctors, and other slow-moving organizations often still require faxes — at best, it’s a necessary evil.

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Go anywhere people are taking photos and you’ll see someone taking photos with an iPad or some sort of Android tablet. Everyone’s already pointed out how silly this looks — but is it really a bad idea?

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It’s easy to find interesting stuff to read online; it’s more difficult to find the time to read it. Follow along as we help a fellow reader push his favorite news articles to his Kindle so he can read in (distraction free) peace. Read on as we clip, sort, and even compile articles into handy daily and weekly digests for convenient reading on the go.

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A Windows, Linux, or Mac password just prevents people from logging into your operating system. It doesn’t prevent people from booting other operating systems, wiping your drive, or using a live CD to access your files.

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It’s a common sight for many Windows users: you pop in your flash drive or the memory card from your camera and Windows insists there is some problem that needs fixing. Does something actually need fixing? Are you risking anything by ignoring the nagging to scan and fix the drive? Read on as we explain what the message means, if you should heed it, and how to keep it from coming back.

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Thanks to a new mobile device charging standard, it’s possible to keep your phone charged up without ever fumbling with the tiny microUSB charging cable again. Read on as we review the RAVPower wireless charger, show you how to set up a phone for wireless charging, and talk about how we went from skeptical to entirely in love with the whole wireless charging process.

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If you have a newer HDTV set, you may have noticed that your TV remote can function as a universal remote of sorts (but it doesn’t work with all your devices). Read on as we explore how newer televisions are able to control the devices connected to them (and vice versa).

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The digital picture frame market got off to a rough start; early frames were clunky, had tiny screens, very few features, and required you to manually update the pictures. Read on as we review the Nixplay, a next generation digital picture frame with Wi-Fi connectivity, cloud-based photo sharing, and a pile of user-friendly features.

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If you’re buying a new laptop for Linux, you shouldn’t just buy the Windows laptop you like and hope for the best — you should plan your purchase to ensure it will work well with Linux. Thankfully, Linux hardware compatibility is better than ever.

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Cable TV is an outdated concept. You pay an ever-increasing bill every month for thousands of shows you’ll never watch. When you do want to watch, you have to organize your life around the TV schedule or set up your own DVR.

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Chrome OS is based on desktop Linux, so a Chromebook’s hardware will definitely work well with Linux. A Chromebook can make a solid, cheap Linux laptop.

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PC manufacturers are now beginning to create all-in-one Android desktop PCs. They also sell Android laptops and convertibles that transform from a laptop-with-keyboard to a tablet. But should you buy one?

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More Internet service providers are now providing their customers with modems that function as routers — and those units may also be public hotspots. This sort of feature is common in Europe, but it’s now arriving in North America.

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Hard disks, USB drives, SD cards — anything with storage space must be partitioned. An unpartitioned drive can’t be used until it contains at least one partition, but a drive can contain multiple partitions.

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Dear How-To Geek,

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Would you like to make a custom pair of mini speakers for your favorite device? Then sit back and enjoy today’s DIY video as it shows you what you need and how to put it all together for some awesome mini speaker goodness!

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Full screen video gaming on Windows has some hazards: tapping the Window key, using any sort of Windows shortcuts like ALT+TAB, or even clicking the mouse in the wrong spot if you’re using multiple monitors can crash your game. Read on as we highlight solutions for each of those problems.

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There’s a common misconception that if you have a simple setup, like only one home computer, you don’t need a router. Read on as we explain why even a lone desktop needs a buddy.

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Microsoft makes much more money from Android than Windows Phone. Every time you buy an Android smartphone or tablet, Microsoft is likely receiving $5 to $15. They likely make at least $2 billion per year from Android.

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If you’ve had enough of loading up an entire power strip with cellphone, tablet, and gadget chargers, we’ve got a space saving solution for you. Read on as we take the tiny-but-power-pushing Bolt for a spin and keep our devices charged up without the clutter.

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There has been a whole lot of talk in the news lately of the rocky relationship between streaming giant Netflix and broadband internet providers. Is it possible to tell if your ISP is messing with your Netflix connection and degrading the quality?

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