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Before you throw out that old desktop or laptop, consider upgrading its storage. Whether your computer uses a hard drive or an older solid-state drive (or SSD) it's probably time to upgrade it. SSDs are getting faster every years and replacing the storage in your old computer with a new SSD won't cost you too much, it won't take that long to fit, and it will make a huge difference to the speed of your computing experience.

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It's official: prices for solid states drives are bonkers -- in a good way. Especially if you can get one at a discount. Take this eBay deal for a 2.5" 500GB Samsung 850 EVO. Normally $400 (the RRP anyway), it can be yours for the scrumptious figure of $188 delivered.

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System tweakers are familiar with CPU-Z and GPU-Z. While made by different developers, the "Z" universally signifies a lightweight utility for querying the capabilities of your PC's hardware -- in this case your processor and graphics card. You can now add SSD-Z to the bunch for giving your SSD a quick quiz.

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The Australian dollar might be weaker than it was a year ago, but bargains can still be found on the likes of Amazon. If you're in the market for an SSD, Samsung's 500GB 850 EVO is currently on-sale for $US180. Even when you factor in the exchange rate and shipping, it's a great deal compared to local offerings.

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You've probably heard before that you should never defragment your SSD; conventional wisdom says not only do solid state drives not need defragging, doing so would cause unnecessary writes to the drive. Well, Windows does sometimes defragment SSDs -- on purpose.

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Compared to tried-and-true magnetic storage, SSDs are still finding their feet. And like all technologies, it can be hard to predict the issues that might pop up after long-term use without, you know, using them long-term. Take for instance Samsung, which is discovering just now that its 840 EVO series of SSDs have a bug that cripples read performance, but requires at least one-month old data on the drive before the problem appears.

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At the start of 2011, OCZ announced it would leave the enthusiast RAM market to focus on solid-state drives. Two years on and it appears the decision didn't pan out for the company, with a bankruptcy filing likely, followed by the liquidation of its assets if no interested buyers can be found.

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Yesterday, Synology showed off the latest update to its NAS server operating system; DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3. The new release ushers in a host of significant enhancements for home and business users, including improved SSD storage efficiency, better customisation and a range of completely overhauled multimedia features. Here's a look at the highlights.

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You've upgraded your RAM, installed a faster CPU and coughed up for a fresh video card, but your magnetic hard drives are holding you back. If you've resisted the temptation to invest in a solid state replacement, now might be your chance, with US retailer B&H Photo Video offering Crucial's M4 256GB for $US179.95. Add $US32.26 for shipping and the total goes to $US212.21 -- or $210 Australian (as of writing).

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A few months back, I was looking to migrate my aging Dell M1330 from its 160GB magnetic HDD to a Crucial M4 128GB SSD. I was reluctant to do a straightforward backup and clean install of Windows 7 onto the SSD, including reinstalling applications, if I could avoid it. So, I did some Google investigating and tried several open source options, before settling on Clonezilla. Sadly, after fluffing around for hours trying to configure a backup, Clonezilla would either hang or stop mid-way, a painful experience when backing up over 100GB of data. Little did I know there was a much easier way to get the job done.