Articles tagged: USB

USB Power Bank

Tip of the Day: Consider a USB Power Bank

USB Data Blocker

Tip of the Day: Consider a USB Data Blocker

Blue USB Connectors in a USB hub.

Tip of the Day: Look for Blue USB

External Drive

How To Keep an External Hard Drive Useful and Healthy Longer

My best practices for external hard drives concern software, hardware, and — you guessed it — backing up.

USB Ports

Tip of the Day: Try Another Port

Optimizing a drive in Windows

Should I Defrag My External Drive, and If So, How?

You can defrag your external drive using Windows File Explorer, from the command prompt, or using a third-party tool. But should you?

Western Digital Portable Drive

What External Drive Should I Get?

I’ll review the characteristics of external drives and include a couple of specific recommendations.

Rufus

How Do I Create a Bootable USB Thumb Drive from an ISO?

If you don’t have a CD or DVD drive, you may be able to turn that ISO image into a bootable USB thumb drive.

USB Ports

Tip of the Day: Try Another USB Port

USB Adapter Power Rating

Why Does My Phone Charge More Quickly on Some Chargers?

Why do some chargers work faster or slower than others? We’ll take a look at some basic electrical concepts to understand what to look for in a charger.

Insert Disc

My machine has no optical drive. What if I need one?

It’s probably safe to say that the days of the optical drive are coming to a close. Not this week, not this year, perhaps not even this decade but I think the writing is on the wall. But not to worry.

USB

Why Am I Getting the “USB Inserted” Sound When I Haven’t Inserted Anything?

This is a system sound that could even be indicating an internal event. We’ll try to track down its source.

PS/2 Y-adapter

Why Do I Need to Unplug and Plug in my USB Device to Keep It Working?

USB ports (or the cables that connect to them) can go bad for many reasons. These  steps can get your connected devices running again.

USB Keyboard

Can I Use an External Keyboard with My Laptop?

Go ahead. Plug it in… unless your keyboard is not USB. In that case, you may have a problem.

Explosion

Will a power loss cause data loss on SSDs?

When the power goes out, data loss can happen. Fortunately, it’s not more prevalent for Solid State Drives. No matter what kind of a drive you get, you should always protect yourself.

Tethered Smartphone

Can my PC get a virus from my smartphone?

Your computer is safe from any virus using the phone’s operating system. But if you are using your smartphone as a USB device… that’s another story.