Category Archives: Computer Upgrades

Samsung Portable Hard Drive

Best Portable Hard Drives To Buy in 2019

Portable hard drives provide an amazing solution to a problem that most people have, transferring large amounts of data can be very expensive, most Internet providers can only give you so much bandwidth and if they give you more they will usually increase the monthly charge that you get, this makes it very difficult to backup your data or send large files over your network.

Now, when it comes to the storage in your laptop or desktop you are also very limited, most laptops or desktops do not even have a Terabyte of storage and this can be an issue since most computers will require larger amounts of space to store important Documents, Photos or Music.

I have always been a big fan of having multiple backups of your important data, I always recommend that you keep your files on your computers internal hard drive and I also recommend that you have a cloud based storage solution such as One Drive but I also highly suggest that you buy an external hard drive, this will give you the ability to make regular backups and be able to get access to your important files if your computer were to fail.

Samsung Portable SSD X5 - 1TB  - Thunderbolt 3

Here is a list of things to look for when buying an External Hard Drive

1. Only buy from a well known manufactures – eBay and Amazon have some good deals on External Hard Drives however I have seen over and over people getting scammed, there are a lot of sellers selling external hard drives that do not have the amount of storage that they advertised or the hard drives are defective, I would buy from a source that buys the hard drive directly from the manufacturer like TigerDirect, they buy directly from brand like Western Digital and the offer warranty on all of their hardware.

2. Look for a Solid State Drive – The old days of spinning hard drives are well over, an SSD provides with a tremendous benefit which is speed, they are also very inexpensive and provide good reliability, when looking for an External Hard Drive make sure that you are buying this type and not the old platen drives because you will be able to transfer files very fast, it is worth the small amount of money that you will pay.

3. Get as much hard drive space that you can afford – Many, many times I have purchase an External Hard Drive to find out that I did not buy one big enough, it is very easy to fill out your external hard drive so I would recommend that you buy a hard drive that is at least twice as big as your current computer internal hard drive, right now you can get a 2 Terabyte hard drive for a very affordable amount online and it will last you a while, also think about what future files or documents you’ll need to store., if you have a feeling that you will require way more storage than what it is currently available then investing in multiple external SSD hard drives is not a bad idea.

Your files and documents are very important and keeping a backup of them is key to protect yourself against a hard drive failing on your laptop or desktop, it also provides insurance against other threats like Malware or Ransomware, having a copy of your important document should be a part of your monthly computer maintenance and you will be really happy when you find out that you have a way to recover your data.

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Barebones PC

Saving Tons Of Money When Buying a New Computer

Have you ever noticed that just doing some of the most basic tasks on your computer takes a long, long time? When you load a website or when you open a spreadsheet it takes you twice the amount of time that it used to. Maybe you decided to go online and learnt tips on how to perform a system restore or reset your computer to factory defaults and it still runs very slow? Well, it might be time to upgrade your computer, if you have had the same computer for more than 3 years I highly recommend that you upgrade it and buy a new computer.

Now, you may ask yourself how can I save money when buying a new computer?

Well, let’s take a look why you need a new computer and why no matter what you do, your computer is very slow.

First of all, there is a good change that you have a spinning hard drive, which no matter what will cause your computer to slow down.

Also, if you have huge amounts of data, your computer will take time to load and run no matter how many times you perform a system restore.

Hardware with time also will become slow, your CPU fan and the thermal paste on your processor will be affected by heat, dust and vibrations, all of this will affect your computer performance, also websites and other software becomes more and more demanding as it gets updated, all of these factors will make your computer slow even if you try to perform factory resets, your computer will need to be upgraded.

Now, here is the fun part, you are ready to buy a new computer right? But how do you save money? Here are some useful tips to accomplish that.

1. No matter how cheap they are, do not buy used computers online. The main reason for this is because most of these computers will be outdated and slow like yours, in most cases buying any new computer no matter how low spec it is will perform better than any older computer.

2. Buy refurbished computers online, these are the computers that someone opened and used once and decided to return them, most retailers will factory certify these computers and offer warranties that are at the same level than new computers, I can usually find great deals on refurbished desktops and laptops on Tigerdirect.

3. Install your own upgrades, in most cases when you buy a new computer it will only come with a limited amount of hardware like RAM or Hard Drive. It is very easy to upgrade your computer RAM for a little amount of money or even replace its current hard drive with a faster Solid State hard drive, you can buy a low spec computer for very little and upgrade it’s components for a very low amount of money.

4. Do not pay for any extended warranties, no matter how much they pressure you to do that, usually the warranty offered by the retailer will be enough to see if the computer is in good shape or not, components now a days are very affordable and computers are very easy to fix, do not pay an extra amount no matter how much they scare you into buying it.

5. Build your own and install Linux on it, doing this not only will save you money but it will be an amazing learning experience, plus installing your very own operating system like Ubuntu will save you literally hundreds of dollars since Windows can be very, very expensive. Plus you will save yourself the headache of having to uninstall all of that bloatware and having to run antivirus software, you can build yourself a solid computer for a few hundred dollars that will perform better than most computers out there, plus you’ll learn about Linux and you’ll find out just how easy it is to use and how many applications work just as well as Windows and Office.

As you can see, buying a new computer can be a great experience, specially when you are saving yourself some money, there are a lot of options out there and it is a great way to learn more about technology as well, final word on what to do with your old computer, I would say do not get rid of it, use it as a backup computer or storage place where you can run it when you want to use it for tasks that do not require faster speeds, you can use it as a file server or a backup stations, if you feel like you need to get rid of it consider donating it to a school or church.

Computer Case With Handles

Building Your Own PC? How About A Computer Case With Handles!

Building your own computer can be a fun project, when you buy your own parts and set it up the way you want can be also great for your own experience, especially if you are considering working in an I.T related field, today I want to share with you a pretty cool computer case with handles that I bought online, it has a lot of features that I liked and it looks great, plus it has handles which helps, specially if you are moving it around or transporting it. Here are the features.

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Upgrading Your Desktop RAM (The Easy Way)

Lenovo ThinkCentre M710T Desktop PC

Adding more memory to your computer can greatly improve it’s performance, learn how to add more Random Access Memory to your Windows Computer here.

Most of us now a days have multiple devices like a Laptop, tablet or a smart phones, there are many ways to get to the Internet and some times there is no need to use your Desktop computer, if you notices, through out the years your computer tends to get slower and slower and sometimes you feel there is a need to stop using it or get a new one, today I am going to show you a quick and easy way to add more RAM to your Desktop computer and bring it back to life, one of the main reasons people use a desktop computer is because how comfortable is to sit down in a desk with a full size keyboard and pay your bills, do your taxes or write a document, there is still a big need for a Desktop computer and I am going to show you in very easy steps how to add more memory to it.

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