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    Best of Data Storage

    How to add a hard drive in XP or Vista

    Why is my drive displaying a slightly less than expected capacity?
    What makes a hard drive fast?
    Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked!

    To prevent Flash/USB External HD and CD/DVD drive letter overlap, change your CD/DVD to a high letter such as R:
    How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

    Why Dynamic Disk is bad

    Backup:
    Acronis TrueImage
    Clonezilla
    Cobian
    DriveImage XML
    Macrium ReflectFree
    Norton Ghost
    Paragon Drive Backup Express
    Seagate Disc Wizard - Freeware Acronis TI for Seagate drives.

    Data Recovery - Did Your Hard Drive Die?
    Active@ UNDELETE
    Badcopy
    Diskdigger
    GetDataBack
    FreeUndelete
    Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro
    PC Inspector File Recovery
    Recover My Files
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Undelete Plus
    WinUndelete

    Copy and Sync Tools
    FastCopy
    Killcopy
    Richcopy
    SyncExpert
    SyncToy (requires .NET framework)
    Teracopy
    Toucan
    Unstoppable Copier
    YCopy

    Compression Tools
    7-Zip
    IZArc
    jZip
    PeaZip
    WinRar
    WinZip

    Encryption Tools
    AxCrypt
    TrueCrypt

    Hard Drive Diagnostics:
    Fujitsu
    Hitachi/IBM
    Samsung (New)
    Seagate
    Western Digital
    HDD Diag Updates: TackTech
    OnTrack Jumper Viewer
    What is SMART?
    Norton GoBack Boot CD image

    Hard Drive Partition Tools
    Bootitng
    EASEUS
    Paragon Partition Manager Express
    Partition Logic
    Ranish Partition Manager
    SwissKnife
    TestDisk Partition Table Recovery
    Zeleps Partition Resizer

    Hard Drive Defrag Tools
    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    Defraggler
    JKDefrag - Portable version
    UltimateDefrag

    Hard Drive Erasing Tools
    DBAN - Darik's Boot and Nuke
    Eraser
    KillDisk
    Zap

    Drive Space Tools
    Drivespacio
    Folder Size
    Folder Size in detail view
    Sequoiaview

    Drive Setup
    Hitachi/IBM Jumper Settings - For SATAII compatibility, you must download Feature Tool
    Seagate SATAII Compatibility Jumper Setting
    Western Digital SATAII Compatibility Jumper Setting

    Operating System and BIOS limitations - 137GB, 32GB, 8.4GB
    Having trouble installing Win2K or XP on a SATA or RAID drive? - provided by: BipolarBill
    Bought a new Western Digital or IBM drive? Read this! - provided by: BipolarBill
    Low Level Formatting
    Independent Master/Slave Device Timing
    Western Digital Advanced Format Utility (for 4K sectors)

    File Systems
    NTFS FAQ
    NTFS vs. FAT
    Limitations of FAT32 File System

    RAID
    RAID @ Wikipedia
    RAID Definitions
    RAID Explained - provided by: Jakk
    Is RAID0 worth it?
    Storage Review - RAID guide

    SATA
    Everything You Need to Know About Serial ATA
    Serial ATA Quick Tutorial
    SATA II Misconceptions

    CD and DVD
    CD Filters Fix
    What is DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R DL?
    THG -LabelFlash versus Lightscribe

    Miscellaneous
    Add a Drive Icon to your Flash drive
    U3 Removal tool
    Flash Drives - System Restore Fix
    Read this if your flash drive seems to be filling up too quickly.
    'Deathstar' fix - provided by: Jakk
    Last edited by Midknyte; 09-01-2010 at 09:22 PM. Reason: Update Seagate SATAII jumper settings link
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