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How to Factory Reset Your Devices (Plus the Best External Storage)

Whether it’s a Mac or a PC, an Android or an iPhone, running a factory reset on your device isn’t difficult — if you know the right steps to follow. Whether you’re looking to delete all personal data or are trying to troubleshoot a problem, here are the step-by-step guides you'll need to reset your devices. Plus we've rounded up the best external storage options to keep your most valuable files safe.

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    How to Reset Your Devices, Explained

    How to Factory Reset a Mac

    How to Factory Reset a Mac

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    PCMag - Jason Cohen

    Looking to reset your Mac to its factory settings? Here's how to wipe data from your Intel-based and Apple silicon-based computer and start over again.

    How to Reset an Amazon Echo Device

    How to Reset an Amazon Echo Device

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    PCMag - Jason Cohen

    If you're looking to sell or recycle your Amazon Echo, here's how to reset the smart speaker and erase any private data still on it. We cover the Echo, Echo Auto, Echo Dot, Echo Input, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Sub.

    Top-Rated External Storage Options

    The Best External SSDs for 2022

    The Best External SSDs for 2022

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    PCMag - Tony Hoffman

    Dump your poky portable hard drive! External solid-state drives are faster and more affordable than ever. Check out our top-rated SSDs, along with detailed advice on how to shop for the best one for you.

    The Best External Hard Drives for 2022

    The Best External Hard Drives for 2022

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    PCMag - Tony Hoffman

    Laptop hard drive almost full? Need to back up your photos and videos? Desktop-size and portable platter-based storage has never been cheaper. Let our deep-dive reviews help you track down the right external hard drive.

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