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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.

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

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Wi-fi becoming unreliable?

wi fi logoIf your wireless connection is becoming unreliable, you can simply plug a tiny adapter like this

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… into one of your laptop’s USB ports. It will immediately set itself up, providing you with a steady connection to your broadband router. These adapters are readily available from high street retailers like Maplin for about £10-20.

Click here Edimax EW-7811UN 150Mbps Wireless Nano USB Adapter to view one currently on sale online.

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Easily re-using a drive from a older PC

Any hard drive from a computer (even a laptop) can be easily transferred into a USB Drive Enclosure like the one shown below:-

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This one is for a desktop hard drive (3.5″) – whether an older IDE one or a newer SATA. It can be bought from any Maplin (or PC World) for about £30-40. Those for a laptop hard drive (2.5″) are usually cheaper and have the advantage of not (usually) requiring a power socket connection.

After connecting the power and drive connectors, you simply pllug in the power and a USB cable, simply plug it into any PC. Within a few minutes, it will show up in Windows as a new drive – just like a USB memory stick – with a drive letter like E, allowing you to access  the files.

As it’s come from a Windows PC, you’ll need to look for your Windows profile – which will usually be under the “Users” directory.  Then look for the directories which contain your files such as Documents, Music or Pictures.

Desktop PC running out of USB ports?

If you don’t have enough USB ports for your needs, there may be no need to struggle any more.

You can often add 4 into a spare slot inside your PC (as most computers have a spare ‘PCI slot’). 

Here’s a photo of a card which is easy to buy, fit and setup…*

IMG-20141220-00358* Click here Startech.com 7 Port (4 External, 3 Internal) PCI USB Card Adapter to view one currently on sale

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USB ports too close together?

If you find it tricky to plug items into your computer’s USB ports, you can purchase an extension lead to make it much easier.

Here’s a picture of a short one I use ….

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Click here StarTech.com 6 inch M/F USB 2.0 Extension Adapter Cable A to A to view one currently on sale

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