Despite our initial scepticism, there are some pretty compelling features in Mac OS X Lion. That said, it's still a beta and running it as your primary OS is a little risky for several reasons. If you want to give it a shot without the risk, you don't have to give up your current OS X installation or even boot from an external drive. Here's how.
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PC World was, like us, slightly amazed at how long a Windows 7 upgrade can take on a Vista system crammed with data. They recommend a good overall geek tip as a fix: creating a separate "data" partition.
With Windows 7's release just around the corner, now's a great time to get your PC ready for the new operating system. First step: separate your data onto a dedicated partition.