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Managing Window 10 Hard Drive Partitions Without Third-Party Software

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There are numerous third-party software managers for Microsoft Windows partitions, but the with Windows included Disk Management wizard, none others are needed. You can create, resize, format, and delete partitions and volumes, including changing drive letters.

Disk Management Tool Access

Quickly access the Disk Management wizard by selecting Start and entering “partition”. In option list, select “Create and format hard disk partitions”.

The window pane for Disk Management is in two parts. A list of your computers volumes is shown in the top, while a graphical picture of the disks and volumes are shown on the bottom.

Resizing a Volume

In some cases, you may find it necessary for a volume to be resized. Perhaps, you have one large volume that you’ve decided to divide into two.

Shrink

In either window pane, right-click and choose Shrink Volume. Enough space much is available to shrink a volume. For example, the single volume containing 1 TB with nothing stored upon it, can be shrunk by almost the entire 1 TB.

So, enter the amount you want to be shrunk in the only option available. The current volumes new size after shrinking is also shown in the window. The new volume is now shown on the left side, with the amount of freed unallocated space shown on the right side.

Extend

A computer’s volume may only be extended if it contains unallocated space located to the right.

To open the Extend Volume Wizard, right-click the current volume and select Extend Volume. Then choose Next. The appropriate disk will already be displayed in the Select Disks and the volume size as well as maximum available space. After you choose to Select the amount of space in MB hit Next > Finish.

Creating a New Volume

Free space may be used to create an additional volume if you have unallocated space located on a disk. Begin by right-clicking on the pane with the unallocated space then hit New Simple Volume to open the New Simple Volume Wizard and hit Next. After specifying the volume size, you wish to create, hit Next. Accept the default drive letter in the box, or assign one and hit Next. Prior to using the volume, the partition must be formatted. You can choose to do this right away by choosing a file system and assigning a volume letter followed by Next > Finish.

Delete

It may be necessary at times to delete an existing volume. This space will then return to the unallocated pool. Keep in mind, all data in the volume is deleted when the volume is deleted. This frees up more space.

In either pane of the Disk Management tool window, right-click and hit Delete Volume. A warning window pops up where you must hit Yes to continue.

Managing Windows 10 partitions and volumes are simple with the Disk Management tool.

Intelligent Reasons Why External Drives Are Still Needed

External hard drive can provide additional storage solutions.

External hard drives can provide additional storage solutions.

Why Do You Still Need External Drives?

There has been an incredible increase of storage options available which are cloud-based. For subscribers of Office 365, they can store up to 1 TB with the use of Microsoft’s OneDrive. Google offers 100 GB of cloud-based storage for a time period of two years when you purchase Chromebook. This is just a few of the enormous list of options available for cloud-based storage which changes how you view an external drive.

You may be asking yourself; with these many options available to me, is there a reason why external drives are still needed? The answer to that question is definitely yes with external drives. 

Intelligent Reasons for Having One

Backup of Data

The first most obvious reason is data backup. As most computer users know the importance of backing up their data. They understand the possibility of accidents. Computers fall, drinks spill, motherboards burn out from power surges, the list of mishaps is endless.

Sure, you can use cloud storage for data backup, however, there are a few downfalls to this option. First, you must consider costs as well as data caps. Additionally, the time needed to efficiently backup your data is consuming. During the several hours used to upload your data, due to the drainage of bandwidth, your usage on the computer will be limited.

Additional Security with an External Drive

One of the most significant reasons why an external hard drive is still needed with today’s technology is security. There is always the possibility of someone stealing your password: additionally, the company servers of the cloud storage you chose could become a victim of hacking. In either situation, your private data is put at risk to be stolen and used by criminals.

Access Offline and Ability to Travel

Another intelligent reason to use an external hard drive is offline access as well as portability. The majority of external hard drives today are extremely small, approximately the size of your wallet. Due to this small size, they are ideal to bring along with you while away from home. This comes in handy when internet service is unavailable for an extended period of time.

Dependability

Almost all cloud-based servers have dealt with issues in the past where customers storage was unavailable for access. If this happens, how will you retrieve your data needed for work, school, or other important business? External drives do not pose this problem and are simple to use.

Cost-Effective

In most cases, the needed amount of storage space to backup data equals more than the amount in which cloud-based providers offer for free. This means you will incur monthly or yearly expenses to store your data. However, costs for external drives is much lower and do not require an ongoing fee.

If you still feel cloud-based storage is right for you, consider the use of an external hard drive for a second backup to ensure the safety of your delicate data. 

Free Disk Space in Windows 10 with These Quick Easy Tips

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Free Up Some Extra Disc Space on Windows 10

No matter what size hard drive we may have, it seems to fill up quickly. High-definition movies, high-resolution photos, songs, games tend to take up space faster than we might think, making you reach the limit of space on your hard drive before you know it. However, by utilizing some quick easy tips, you can reclaim some of that needs space.

1. Remove Older Versions of Microsoft Windows

When upgrading Microsoft Windows, data from the older version of Windows is saved automatically. By saving this data, users have the ability to return to the previous version is desired. However, this saved data uses up a ton of space on your hard drive. To delete these files, go to Settings > System > Storage then select your primary drive. You will notice several categories and how much space each one is using. Look for Temporary Files and select it. Next, put a check mark in the box Previous Versions of Windows then select Remove Files

2. Cleaning Update Cache

Copies are stored in the update cache of the installation files. If the time ever comes that an update needs to be reapplied, the OS will use these without the need of downloading them once again. But, these files take up a lot of space of your hard drive. To remove them, first, the Windows Update service must be stopped. Go to Services then select the top result by right-clicking on it to Run as administrator. Head down the list until you find Windows Update and right-click on it and select Stop.

Next, to delete these files the run box needs to be opened by pushing Windows Key + R. Now you want to type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistibution\ then select Enter. Everything within the download folder can be deleted. When finished be sure to re-enable Windows Update by heading back to Services.

3. Delivery Optimization Files Removal

With the introduction of Windows 10, a new update feature was added. This feature is called Delivery Optimization and allows your PC to take updates from nearby machines. This feature has received several complaints stating there is increased usage of memory and bandwidth, however, this is to allow for faster delivery of updates.

To remove these files, the feature needs to be disabled first. Without doing so, accumulation of these files will continue to occur. First, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates Are Delivered and ensure slider is in the OFF position.

Next, open Disk Clean-up. Go to Delivery Optimization File and put a check mark. Lastly, hit OK.

After using these tips for your Windows 10 PC, if you still lack hard drive space, it may be time for an upgraded hard drive. If you’re not yet to Windows 10, use these Windows 8 tips to your advantage.

Extend Storage with an External Hard Drive

External hard drive can provide additional storage solutions.

External hard drive can provide additional storage solutions.

Get the Storage Space You Need

With the many things we download to our computers, space gets used up quickly. As you look at your hard drive and notice space is running out, there are choices to make. Should you replace your entire hard drive with a bigger one, or use cloud storage? Or there is another choice, an external hard drive. As with most things, there are pros and cons.

Benefits of External Hard Drives

There are numerous benefits with using external hard drives. There is basically an unlimited amount of storage, with being able to add another external drive each time more space is needed. Expanding is with external rather than internal drive, is quick and simple. Majority of times just plug and play. There are rare times that there will be an issue with compatibility, or driver. Another benefit is cost. Compared to using cloud storage, which has an ongoing cost, these drives are generally work out cheaper over time.

Three Cons with External Hard Drives

There are basically only three cons with their use. 0ne, their appearance of clutter may be an issue with some people. There are more cords and one more thing to add to your equipment. Another issue is with ports. After plugging in your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals, will there be space to plug in the eternal hard drive. There is the option of using a hub, but then there will be another device and cords to be dealt with. The last issue, is when using a laptop rather than desktop PC. You have the choice of carrying it with you, or not have access to that data while on the run.

The Right External Drive for You

There are different types of external hard drives to choose from. The first type, USB drive. Also, the most popular. If you only need small amount of storage, thumb drives are a nice solution. There are also large capacity USB external drives available. You will want to see whether your USB is 2.0, or 3.0. Your device will work either way due to backwards compatibility, but without using 3.0 port with 3.0 device there will be great performance loss.

Thunderbolt and FireWire, are your other choices for connection of an external drive. FireWire uses smaller amount of resources while being more reliable and faster than USB, as well. A newer technology is Thunderbolt, combining functionality of DisplayPort and PCE Express with high transfer speeds. Both of these have better performance, at a higher cost than USB.

With any one of these connections, you can use a traditional hard drive or solid state drive (SSD). The SSD is more reliable but also more costly. Additionally, they are not sold in massive sizes like the traditional hard drives are. Either choice can supply you with the extra storage needed.

 

Understanding the Cloud

 

Upload and keep your files in one place safely.

Upload and keep your files in one place safely.

The Cloud Data Center

Where is the cloud?  The cloud is located in the data center. The place where super-computer servers store your information is connected to the internet. The information, is then recorded at the data center for retrieval with any device that is connected to the internet. The data center will either let you gain access and change the data, or send the data back to you. This is an advantage when wanting to access data from a different device than it originated. Some people might store documents that are not finished for work, or school from their home computer, and retrieve it from work, school, anywhere that has internet, to finish at a later time.

Computer Data Storage Options

During time your data that you store on the hard drive of your computer, or on CD, DVD, or USB thumb drives, but there is another option that will give you vast amounts of storage space. This is called cloud, even though it sounds weather related, it is not. This is a storage system that uses a third party to maintain it. With the cloud, you send through the internet, data that would normally take space on your hard drive or another device used for storage, to a database that a third party maintains. Some are free, while others charge based on the amount of storage you are renting, or a flat fee.

The best part, when you think all is lost, it is actually all on the cloud…

Examples of the Cloud

Some examples of the cloud, that most are familiar with, but did not even realize they are, is Facebook, MySpace, and providers of web based e-mails. With Facebook and MySpace, the users can upload pictures to their site and post them. With the web e-mails, for instance, Yahoo!, and Gmail, they can also be accessed anywhere there is internet. All of the messages you receive are not stored on the device you are on, but on the web e-mails server.

Some of the best services for cloud storage are names that you probably see, but are not sure what they do. Like Google Drive for instance. They offer the user 15GB of storage space, when you link your Google account or make a new one. If you  have a Gmail account, you probably have Google Drive and might not realize it. Another one is by Microsoft called OneDrive, giving 15 GB free also. This has Office integrated into it.

How Safe is Cloud Storage?

While it is convenient to store all your data with cloud, there is questions of security and reliability. There is encryption, a process of authentication, as well as other security features, but any data stored anywhere, including your own PC can be stolen. There are redundancy techniques in place by most services, but there is no guarantee your data will not be lost with a system crash.

When looking for different cloud services available, check the reviews online for each. Reputations are something that can make or break a cloud data center, which makes security and reliability, a top priority.