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USB Port Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

You might think that all USB ports are the same, but they’re not. In the beginning, only USB 1.x was available. Sure, USB 1.x was a fine little port (easy to use and requiring no configuration) but only [more…]

FireWire Port Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

The FireWire 800 version B port — which can pump 800 Mbps between your PC and an external device — began showing up on Macs in the first months of 2003. This port is now available for any power-user PC [more…]

eSATA Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

eSATA is a popular connection standard for high-performance external hard drives. Although less-known (and quite a bit slower) than USB 3.0, eSATA is appearing more often these days on consumer-level PCs [more…]

Thunderbolt Ports for Upgrading Your PC

Thunderbolt is the the latest port on the block — and like the more common USB and FireWire, appearing first on Macs and then on PCs. Thunderbolt ports offer downright incredible transfer speeds: the newcomer [more…]

Consider USB Hubs When Expanding Your PC

If your PC already has FireWire or USB ports, but they’re already all taken, you don’t need to install an adapter card to provide your computer with additional portage; you can buy a hub instead. [more…]

How to Install a Port Card

Here’s where the original modular design of the IBM PC (all those many, many moons ago) comes in handy. If your computer didn’t come with eSATA, Thunderbolt, or FireWire ports, you’ll find that adding [more…]

What to Look for When Expanding Your PC's Storage Space

When you decide to take the plunge and add storage space to your PC, you need to separate the good specifications from the gobbledygook. Today’s PCs use Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics [more…]

Internal versus External PC Storage

You should use an internal hard drive whenever you don’t need to share the drive among multiple computers, or take your drive with you while traveling; your PC has an additional open drive bay, or you’re [more…]

How to Add a Second Internal Hard Drive

For most current PC owners, the easiest method of adding more hard drive space is to add a second hard drive to their systems. There are three very good reasons for this: [more…]

How to Add a Second Hard Drive to Your Computer

Adding a hard drive to your computer improves performance and increases memory. Installing a second internal hard drive is easy with these step-by-step video instructions. [more…]
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