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Upgrade Your Storage – What A SSD Means For You

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Technical terms can get overwhelming, especially in the IT industry, and when they contain too many three-letter acronyms. Like, SSD, which stands for Solid State Drives. These SSDs can be purchased for your desktop or laptop computer. SSDs are like hard drives but without any moving parts and can be used in place of hard drives. Its like a memory card but on steroids and is generally faster than HDDs (hard disk drives). The hard drive, with its mechanical moving parts, is almost certainly the biggest bottleneck in your PC. However, the lack of moving parts with a SSD, actually allows data to be transferred at maximum speeds as well as allowing your machine to run much quieter. Although, this storage upgrade can be costly, the overall benefits outweigh the price.

With a Solid State Drive, you can expect startups, programs and files to launch and load much faster. Another perk to purchasing additional storage is it also uses less electrical power than a conventional hard drive. And with prices dropping annually, it is easy to get your money’s worth by determining the price per GB and also how much storage you require. Ideally, 128GB (and in some situations 64GB) is enough for the operating system, programs and some games. You shouldn’t store media (like music, videos or pictures) on a Solid State Drive because the fuller the SSD gets, the slower it will run. Other storage options are available for media storage, such as cloud storage.

“Back in 2013, PCWorld Labs ran three computers through our WorldBench tests, then replaced the hard drives with SSDs, and ran the tests again. The results were astounding. A Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 increased its WorldBench score from 279 to 435 (a higher number means a faster PC). A Maingear tower PC doubled its score from 162 to 325. ”

 

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July 29th Marks the End of Free Windows 10 Upgrade

windows-10If you are one of the many that is stalling on upgrading to Windows 10 for free, now is the time to make moves. July 29th marks the end of the free upgrade offered by Microsoft, after July 29th Windows 10 will cost you a whooping $119. If you happen to be content with your current Windows software, you’ll be happy to hear that after July 29th you will no longer receive those pestering notifications encouraging you to upgrade.

As of right now Microsoft has relayed no intention of extending the free upgrade period any longer than the end of July. However, with the drastic change in price, Microsoft might encounter a shift in users willing to upgrade to Windows 10. I mean honestly, if you don’t want to upgrade when it is free, why upgrade when it costs you over a hundred bucks. This leads many to speculate that Microsoft may decide to extend the free upgrade period to get even more users on board. If this speculation turns out to be true, the update notifications are here to stay.

In the event this does happen, or perhaps you just truly despise having Windows constantly in your face about upgrading, there is a simple way to turn off Windows 10 upgrade notifications for good. Downloading, Never 10 by Steve Gibson Corporation will do the trick. After you have downloaded the software, click the “Disable Win10 Upgrade” button and your PC will stop the constant nagging. If the Windows 10 installer files have already been downloaded to your desktop, click the “Remove Win10 Files” button.  Even better, after you have done this you are free to delete Never 10, as it is not needed to continue blocking the notifications. If you do decide you miss your naggy relationship with Windows 10, you are free to download Never 10 again, and easily revert the changes you have made.

 


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