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Other World Computing is hoping to make it a bit easier for you to upgrade the hard drive in your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and be "green" in the process thanks to its new OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit. Essentially, this kit bundles everything you'll need to upgrade the existing hard drive and reuse the old drive as an external drive. The kit is available with various hard drive options, including a 1TB model or a SSD drive for maximum performance. The kit also comes with cables, a toolkit, and web-based instructional videos. Select kits also come with a software bundle. OWC... Read more...
SSD upgrade kits aren't as rare as you'd probably expect, and while Kingston has been dominating the space for the past few months, it looks as if Imation is joining the fray. Known more for its optical storage media than anything else, the company is pushing to become a household name in the solid state drive arena by making things simple for people looking to upgrade. Quite a few folks would love to transition from HDD to SSD, but the fear of the unknown is a real problem in following through.Imation's SSD Upgrade Kit aims to make the process simple, and according to the company, this one provides... Read more...
The first SNAFU to show up on Windows 7, and it's not even an issue with the software, or even Microsoft. Rather, it's an issue with the installation package provided by Digital River for the nicely discounted student upgrade package that Microsoft has been offering at Win741.com. Now, Digital River is not small potatoes when it comes to digital distribution of software, so it's amazing this sort of fiasco has happened. Instead of delivering a simple .ISO image that could be burned to a DVD, students receive an .EXE file that must be run to decompress two .BOX files. That's where the issue lies.... Read more...
Now that Windows 7 is officially here, Best Buy wants to help you make the transition to the new operating system. In addition to selling the new platform and many Windows 7-equipped PCs in store, the company's Geek Squad is offering Windows 7 upgrade services for just $39.99, excluding the price of the software. Normally, Geek Squad's operating system install service charge is $129.99. Of course, Best Buy is also selling a variety of PCs that come preloaded with Windows 7. A new exclusive bundle from HP is dubbed “PC Home Makeover.” For $1,199.99, you'll get an HP desktop, monitor, laptop, netbook,... Read more...
You've heard horror stories from your pals who attempted to handle data migration processes on their own, and you're scared to death to make the leap to Windows 7. Thankfully, Belkin knows just what a tough spot you're in, and it has devised a dedicated cable to solve the problem that worries you most: upgrading. Of note, this cable won't do you any good if you're planning to upgrade your existing machine from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7, but if you're putting together an all new rig and would like to migrate your data and settings over to the fresh rig, this should make your life a lot easier.... Read more...
Upgrading your notebook's legacy hard drive to a new, fast SSD is a substantial upgrade that makes good sense for a number of reasons.  First, Solid State Drives offer orders of magnitude higher performance under certain conditions, with blazingly fast random access times.  They also produce much less heat versus a standard 2.5-inch notebook hard drive and are virtually immune to shock and vibration trauma that will send your old spinning hard drive to an early grave. In this HotHardware Video Spotlight, we show you how to upgrade your existing notebook hard drive, to a new, fast SSD... Read more...
Upgrading your notebook's legacy hard drive to a new, fast SSD is a substantial upgrade that makes good sense for a number of reasons.  First, Solid State Drives offer orders of magnitude higher performance under certain conditions, with blazingly fast random access times.  They also produce much less heat versus a standard 2.5-inch notebook hard drive and are virtually immune to shock and vibration trauma that will send your old spinning hard drive to an early grave.In this HotHardware Video Spotlight, we show you how to upgrade your existing notebook hard drive, to a new, fast SSD as... Read more...
Despite the general hubbub surrounding Windows 7's launch (Oct 22), it seems that businesses are less than thrilled at the idea of parting with their money to upgrade to Windows 7.According to Reuters, a survey carried out by ScriptLogic Inc. shows that 6 out of 10 businesses will pass over upgrading to Windows 7 - mostly in an attempt to save a buck and avoid any loss of productivity due to software issues. With a tightening budget and Vista's track record, this is all too expected, and will have Microsoft reworking its upgrade policy in no time.The 20,000 admin-wide survey showed that about 60... Read more...
Technophiles like ourselves who are also frugal have, in the past, purchased upgrade editions of Windows, and been able to do a clean, fresh install either by entering a prior valid license key or inserting a CD for the older software at install time. That went away with Vista, which required a hacky workaround, but now Microsoft is completely shutting down even that methodology, for Windows 7. Why the big deal about a being able to do a clean, fresh install with an Upgrade edition? If you install an upgrade on top of an well-used copy of Windows, you've got all that leftover dross on your hard... Read more...
We already heard that Asus would be following Microsoft's plans in regard to Windows 7 upgrades, and now MSI is making sure that prospective buyers fully understand that they will as well. From purchases of MSI machines starting back on June 26th, owners will be offered the change to snag the Windows 7 upgrade for only a "small processing fee." Once Windows 7 gets loose on October 22nd, discs of the new operating system will be mailed out to users so that they can upgrade from Vista. Official details of the program are below, but the gist is this: don't hold back on buying an MSI machine now, as... Read more...
Businesses who are thinking about upgrading more than a handful of computers between now and the October 22nd release of Windows 7 may want to hold off. That is, assuming the companies want the latest OS. While it’s true that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to its new OS, the company has made little mention of the “fine print” that limits the number of free upgrades to 25. Gartner analyst Michael Silver is calling attention to this limit with his latest research note. In his note, Silver writes, "Microsoft has limited the number of free Windows 7 upgrades that can be claimed via its Windows... Read more...
ASUS Announces Free Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program-- North American consumers can enjoy the best of today’s technologies and tomorrow’s operating system -- Fremont, CA (June 26th, 2009) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in innovations and technologies, is proud to announce that customers who purchase a qualifying PC between today, June 26th, and January 31, 2010 will receive a free* upgrade to Microsoft’s highly-anticipated upcoming operating system, Windows 7. ASUS’ offering of this upgrade program allows its customers to shop with confidence from now until Windows 7 General Availability. ASUS customers... Read more...
Good news, Windows fans/users. If you're in need of a PC now, but don't want to miss out on the Windows 7 train which officially leaves the station on October 22nd, Microsoft is stepping in to help. Today, the software giant announced that starting tomorrow (June 26th), consumers and small businesses that purchase a Vista-enabled PC from a participating computer maker or retailer will qualify for a free or low-cost upgrade to Windows 7.Unfortunately, it's hard to say exactly who those "qualified retailers/vendors" are, but we know for a fact that HP and Sony will be included. We have all ideas... Read more...
So, what do you do when legions of iPhone users continue to suck down massive quantities of mobile data? If you're AT&T, you promise an even faster route to do so. This week, America's exclusive iPhone carrier has just announced that it will be upgrading its 3G network and readying it to deliver "considerably faster mobile broadband speeds." Starting later this year and continuing into 2011, the network upgrades -- which will integrate High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology -- will enable it to deliver even faster speeds to smartphones and LaptopConnect users.In a rather impressive... Read more...
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