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Upgrading and Fixing Computers: Do-it-Yourself For Dummies® by Andy Rathbone

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Part III. Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks

Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks

In this part . . .

After twenty years of computing, just about everybody has an old computer, or three, lying around the house. This part of the book explains what to do with them.

You can upgrade them with a TV tuner to create a home theater, for example. Beef them up to edit those home movies sitting in the closet.

Or, if your computer's really old, give it a new lease on life by turning it into a backup machine for your newer computers.

I explain how to remove its hard drives, screw them inside a case, and create portable hard drives for your newer computers.

Or, if your old computer's no longer good for repurposing, I explain how to purge it safely of all your data, making it safe to donate to charity or give to a friend.

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