New AI Helps Predict When NAS HDDs are About to Bite the Dust

It’s a fact of life that all hard drives, at some point, will shuffle off this mortal coil. As a mechanical device, it’s simply inevitable. Sure, there’s stuff like Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T) to help warn you of potential problems, but have you ever tried to actually look…

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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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