Category Archives: Gadgets and Tech

Cloning HDD OS to new SSD

Upgrading from a HDD to a SSD (or from slow SSD to fast SSD) is one of the most effective options for increasing PC/laptop/Mac performance. However, one of the most common questions I hear is how to preserve the existing OS and data from the old drive, or how to make sure a new OS install goes well. Here are some options: Windows cloning/restore options: Clone from the existing drive to the new drive I really like True Image 2016, but

Western Digital 4TB BLACK Performance SATA Hard Drive WD 6 Gbs 64mb WD4001FAEX 4 TB

NEW sealed Western Digital 4TB BLACK Performance SATA Hard Drive WD 6 Gbs 64MB cache 7,200RPM WD4001FAEX 4 TB   Warranty: Still sealed in original anti-static wrapping, Western Digital factory warranty though Jan 3rd 2018. (see 2nd auction photo for screenshot of the serial number warranty lookup for the drive you are bidding on)   Description: These are some of the best 7,200RPM SATA hard drives out there IMHO. The 64MB cache is nice and the drives perform consistently well, while

HDCP stripper – HOWTO remove HDCP from HDMI signal

I recently encountered an issue where my DirecTV HDMI output was unusable on my new LCD. Thankfully, the following HDMI HDCP stripper allowed me to watch on my monitor 🙂 NOTE: The best price I could find was $19.95 on Amazon with free shipping and if you need the extra HDMI cable, they have them for ~$5.49. The process is very simple: Connect power to the HDCP stripper Connect first HDMI cable from DirecTV receiver to “HDMI INPUT” on the stripper Connect second HDMI

White USB-C cables ($6.99)

After upgrading from a Samsung S6 to a Nexus 6P, one of the few changes needed was new USB-C cables! Thankfully, Amazon has a nice assortment. I especially like the white USB-C cables here: They are usually available for around $6.99 and they allow easy connection to USB-A (“regular” USB) devices like most existing PCs, Macs and laptops. After purchasing a two pack, I’m a happy camper 🙂

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