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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Crucial Responds to Bait-and-Switch Allegations and the P2 SSD

Over the last two weeks, we’ve written multiple stories about SSD manufacturers who have shipped SSDs with different real-world performance levels than the drives initially debuted with. On Monday afternoon we sat down for a discussion with Crucial regarding its SSD policies in general and the P2 in particular. Here’s…

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Microsoft Pauses Windows 365 Sign-ups Due to High Demand

Microsoft recently announced the product we’ve all been wanting it to make for years: a full version of Windows running in the cloud, known as Windows 365. While the service is currently only available to businesses, Microsoft has encountered extraordinary demand. Only days after opening up free trials of Windows…

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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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