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Disk BoostUp for Mac review

Disk BoostUp for Mac only partially lives up to its claim of addressing sluggish performance, restoring responsiveness, and maintaining fast startup times. It's a useful but not indispensable app.

Pros

Eases the process of correcting permission conflicts: Disk BoostUp for Mac can fix permission problems in no time, requiring only a few clicks, and easing a process that otherwise requires several steps.

Light and easy to use: The installer weighs only 1.46MB. The application launches very quickly. All you need to do to put this app to work is click on the "Scan and Fix" button.… Read more

Soft4Boost Disk Cleaner review

Soft4Boost Disk Cleaner scans your computer for problem files, produces a report detailing the findings, and repairs the problems for you. This app will keep your computer running smoothly and quickly by removing the types of files that cause clutter and slow it down.

During installation of this app, you can select your preferred language from a list that includes English, French, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and more. Once the program is in place, you can further customize it by choosing the skin that suits your style from the View menu. Options include iPhone, Android, GMP, iTunes, and Metal, among … Read more

SanDisk, Toshiba sue SK Hynix in trade secrets cases

Toshiba and SanDisk are seeking damages from SK Hynix in separately filed lawsuits, both of which allege that the company profited from the theft of data surrounding NAND flash memory technology.

Toshiba and SanDisk have partnered for years to produce the flash memory chip technology used in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Toshiba is currently the second-largest manufacturer of NAND memory chips in the world by revenue and market share.

On Thursday, Tokyo police arrested a former SanDisk engineer under suspicion of providing NAND flash memory technical data to Hynix in 2008. The engineer once worked at a joint … Read more

Partition like a pro with our Aomei giveaway

Anyone with the right set of tools can partition a hard drive. Aomei Technology aims to make the process even easier by bringing you these tools absolutely free with its Partition Assistant Pro giveaway. From March 12, 2014, to March 19, 2014, you can get the popular professional disk-management utility at no cost, exclusively on Download.com.

Why partition your hard drive?

Partitioning tells your computer to treat different portions of your hard disk as separate drives. This makes creating backups faster and easier, as most data backup tools target entire disks. Keep essential files (like the OS) on one … Read more

Tight on memory? SanDisk microSD cards hit 128GB

BARCELONA, Spain -- Those whose mobile phones or tablets are maxed out with photos, apps, and videos will be delighted to hear that flash memory card maker SanDisk announced a new microSD card with 128GB capacity.

The company announced the new card, along with more modestly sized alternatives down to 8GB, at the Mobile World Congress here, where it's showing the products.

Prices range from $30 to $200, and the cards will be available online only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.

The cards use the higher-speed UHS-1 interface, SanDisk said, for faster read and write speeds. The top-end … Read more

Select a startup disk in OS X

If you need to boot to a secondary hard drive on your Mac, you can do so using several different means. For most PC systems, you will need to press F12, or another F-key, or perhaps the Escape or Delete keys when booting your system in order to select an alternative boot drive. To do this on a Apple computers, you use the Option key; however, there may be some constraints.

Generally you can start up or reboot your Mac, and simply hold the Option key once the screen goes black so that when it reboots it will show you … Read more

Review: Simple Disk Cleaner finds and removes unnecessary files from your computer

Simple Disk Cleaner locates and removes unnecessary files and other clutter from your computer to improve speed and function. This junk can come in many forms, from incomplete uninstallers to temporary Internet files, and it usually isn't harmful on its own. But once it builds up, it eventually negatively impacts your computer's overall performance, and this app gets rid of it for you.

With a sleek and intuitive interface, Simple Disk Cleaner makes the process of cleaning your hard drive easy. For inexperienced users, there's a wizard that walks you through the process of scanning. There's … Read more

Lexar joins CFast 2.0 party with 3333X flash-memory card

Lexar has joined rival SanDisk with support for the new CFast 2.0 format for high-end flash memory cards, announcing a very high-speed 3333X models with capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB at CES 2014 on Monday.

In addition, the company announced the CR-1, its CFast 2.0 reader with a USB 3.0 interface so that people can transfer files off the cards with their computers. A 3333X speed means cards will be able to transfer data up to 500MBps. Fast read and write speeds are useful for capturing high-resolution video reliably, shooting high-speed bursts of photos, and … Read more

LaCie brings super-fast and super-sleek portable storage devices to CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- If anything, LaCie aims to impress at CES 2014.

Apart from the Fuel, the storage vendor announced today two new remarkable portable storage devices, the new LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and the LaCie Sphere.

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is the major upgrade to the exciting Little Big Disk Thunderbolt that came out a few years ago. The new drive now supports Thunderbolt 2 and comes with two 500GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) on the inside in a RAID 0 configuration to offers the total of 1TB of storage space and superfast data … Read more

The 404 1,398: Where we put it on a floppy (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- A one-stop shop for cheating is now available for students on the iPhone.

- Teen pays $735 for photo of Xbox One on eBay.

- PS4 crushes Xbox One on eBay during respective launch weeks, data shows.

- 4chan backwards-compatibility prank bricks Xbox One.

- Slowly they modernize: A federal agency that still uses floppy disks.… Read more