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DVD drive becoming faulty?

If the DVD drive inside your computer is becoming faulty (especially if it’s a laptop), do you know you can purchase a replacement which can simply plug into an available USB port?

This drive may also be ideal for you if using a netbook which doesn’t come with a drive.

DVD drive

To see one available online for just Β£20, click on the following link Samsung SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable External USB 2.0 DVDRW – Black

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Your PC’s hard drive – Is it wearing out?

The hard drive inside your computer, which you may know as “the C drive” stores your Windows setup, all your programs and (usually) all your files. This is what it looks like:-

hard drive - whats inside

So if it starts to become faulty, your computer will become very sluggish – but at this point your data is generally still safe.

So I recommend you take a few minutes to download and install Acronis Drive Monitor, a FREE utility which will assess the health of your hard drive – and alert you as and when it starts to develop any problems. Download your copy here

ADM

This early warning should prevent your drive becoming seriously faulty – at that point your data is at risk – and you may have needed to consider using a specialist to recover the files.

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Sound connections becoming faulty?

If your sound sockets are become faulty, you can replace them with ones which plug into a USB socket. Here’s a picture of an adapter:

usb sound card

They replace the sound card built into your laptop, providing replacement headphone/speaker and microphone sockets.

Being on a USB connection, they can of course be used with desktop PCs, but are ideal for laptops/netbooks because of the high cost and hassle of replacing their built in sound card (where it’s possible).

Click here BUY ONE GET ONE FREE USB2.0 External High Quality 3D 7.1 Channel Audio Sound Card Adapter for MICΒ to view one currently on sale for less than Β£5; however more expensive ones may give better quality.

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Laptop USB ports

If 1 or more of your laptop’s USB ports become faulty, you can often plug in an adapter in a “card slot” in the side to add 2 or even 4 new ones.

Card slot on a laptop

They can even be FASTER than the ports you have if you buy a USB 3.0 one

if you’d like me to check if your laptop has a card slot, just add a comment with the make and model and I’ll reply.

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