Buyer Beware: Chia Miners Are Selling Worthless Second-Hand SSDs

Most of the time, the PC used market is a pretty good place to find reasonable hardware deals. I’ve bought a fair amount of used and refurbished hardware in my life and had few complaints about the experience overall. The modern cryptocurrency market, however, has changed things somewhat. Recent news…

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How to Install Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine

There are a lot of practical reasons to set up an OS like Windows 10 in a VM rather than using it as a native installation. If you have to deal with files you can’t trust, need to test multiple OS installations on the same system, or need access to…

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How to Upgrade From a Smaller SSD to a Larger One

It’s been more than a decade since the first SSDs started to hit the consumer market, and about eight years since they began arriving at price points that could broadly be called “consumer-friendly.” It’s only been in the past few years that SSDs have gotten inexpensive enough that buying a…

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How Do SSDs Work?

Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they…

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How to Troubleshoot Your Slow PC

Speeding up a slow PC can be a challenge, particularly when dealing with older hardware that may be on the cusp of needing an upgrade or replacement anyway. Sometimes, a system simply needs a fresh OS install or driver update to perform significantly better. In other cases, upgrade or wholesale…

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