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What is Pagefile, and how to adjust it

Written on October 22, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Pagefile or Virtual Memory is a critical part of Windows. This article will explain why along with how to adjust if you encounter errors or issues


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Why Can’t I Write Files to My Drive

Written on August 17, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Trouble writing files to drive due to permissions, authenticated users, and often AV software. This guide will detail how to resolve the error in most cases.


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Linux Live Environment

Written on July 29, 2021 by Terrell Barnes

Puget provides a Tools USB with a plethora of tools preinstalled. One of the most useful is the Linux Live Environment so if you're wondering how to access or use it, check this out!


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Samsung Magician's Hot SSDs Aren't Actually All That Hot

Written on July 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

SSDs are reporting as overheating in Samsung Magician, is it real or is it make believe.


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Using an Old Boot Drive as a Storage Drive in Your New PC

Written on May 4, 2021 by Michael Miller

This is a guide for safely formatting an old Windows boot drive and using it in a new Windows system as a secondary/tirtiary drive.


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Configuring Software RAID within Windows 10

Written on April 20, 2021 by William George

Most computer users have no need for more than a single drive in their computer, or perhaps a few individual drives if additional storage space is required. There are certain workflows and use cases where features of a RAID - like larger total volume capacity or data redundancy - may be extremely helpful. For large arrays, redundant boot drives, or advanced RAID modes we strongly recommend using a dedicated hardware controller card, but for simple configurations like mirroring or pooling there are options within Windows 10 which can be used without needing special hardware. This guide will cover a couple of those options and how to set them up.


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Top Data Transfer Speed Slowdowns - USB

Written on February 5, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Transferring files from USB to an internal drive is something we all do but occasionally transfer speeds will slowdown to the point they're barely usable. There are a litany of causes so we will focus on the most common and their respective solutions.


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To Backup or Not to Backup (Backup of course!!)

Written on January 19, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A summarized view of what backups are and why they are important along with our recommendation on what to backup and how.


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How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Operating System Disk

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.


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Adjusting Boot Settings From Legacy to UEFI

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you intend to switch your drives from MBR to GPT you will likely also need to adjust your BIOS from Legacy to UEFI. This article will walk you through the basic steps including checking to determine if your system is currently in UEFI mode or not.


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Should I Upgrade My Puget Systems Desktop?

Written on September 25, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

As a system ages your daily tasks may become increasingly difficult. Deciding whether to upgrade the components or move to an entirely new system can be daunting, hopefully this article will help.


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Safely Remove, Safely Removed! Yank Those USB's Out Without Fear

Written on September 2, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has introduced a policy that allows you to remove the device without using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' process, as long as you're not writing data to it.


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Windows 10 File Recovery Tool

Written on August 12, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has released a data recovery tool, here it is in all it's glory. This article will explain the purpose and usage of the Microsoft Windows 10 File Recovery Tool available from the Microsoft Store.


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The Basics of BitLocker Drive Encryption

Written on June 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature integrated into Windows and provides excellent protection for your data. This article will guide you through encrypting your devices without a TPM.


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How to Make Use of Our Newest Puget Tools USB (May 2020 and later) From Inside Windows

Written on June 4, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Full breakdown of our Puget Tools USB and all it's features/functions. Full guidance on how to use the tools as well.


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Secure Boot

Written on March 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Secure Boot is a feature designed to allow checks for malware during the system boot and while it can protect you, it also has the potential to cause problems.


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Reduce Downtime With These Backup Components

Written on February 7, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide to what backup parts you could have on hand in case of failure.


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Backup Options Within Windows 10

Written on June 12, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

The following article will explain the different backup options built into windows. We also explain how to use them in order to keep your data secure.


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Windows 10 Drive Partitions

Written on July 9, 2018 by Ben Nelson

Have you ever wondered why your hard drive is split up into different partitions? This article will explain in depth the different kinds of drive partitions, how to split up a drive into different sections, and what partitions to expect when installing and operating in Windows 10.


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Failure transferring large blocks of data between Glyph drive and internal HDD

Written on June 12, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

Recently we have noticed an issue when transferring data between mechanical drives and the Glyph Studio Raid external device. Specifically the issue pertains to large folders with numerous subfolders. In our initial testing it would appear that the data size is irrelevant beyond a few GB and mostly revolves around the number of subfolders.


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SG10 HDD and SSD install

Written on September 8, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

Do you have an SG10? Do you want more storage space or a backup drive? This article and video will guide you through the process of installing additional SSDs and HDDs in your SG10 Puget System case.


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How to find out if your drive is failing

Written on September 5, 2017 by Ben Nelson

At Puget Systems, we use a couple free drive diagnostic tools to tell us if there are issues with solid state drives and hard disk drives. Some of the programs that will be summarized include disk error checking tool, Samsung Magician, and Crystal Disk Info.


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SSD optimization in Windows 10

Written on June 8, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

Let's get the most out of that speedy new SSD in your Puget Systems computer. Optimizing settings and configuration of the SSD can provide improved performance and reliability.


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How to Create A Drive That You Can Use in Mac OS X & Windows

Written on June 1, 2017 by Geno Rosario

A quick, easy guide to formatting a drive that will work in both operating systems.


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Samsung Secure Erase

Written on May 10, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

Would you like to securely erase your Samsung SSD? Well good news, Samsung offers a great utility to help you do exactly that. This article will guide you through the process of erasing your SSD quickly and securely.