Microsoft OneDrive storage changes

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jul• 21•16

On August 10, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB.

What are the changes?

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The storage limit for all free OneDrive accounts will become 5 GB. If you currently have a free account with a 15 GB storage limit, that limit will reduce to 5 GB. All new free accounts will have 5 GB storage. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued for free accounts.

new 50 GB plan has replaced our previous 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans.

We’re also no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

NOTE: If you already have a paid subscription that does not have unlimited storage, these announced changes do not affect your base storage amount nor any storage bonuses you might have, as long as your subscription is active.

Why are you making these changes?

It was a difficult business decision that came with careful analysis and thought. However, these types of decisions are never easy. We overcommitted with our free storage limits and we want to focus on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of our users. If we continued with the current offerings, we wouldn’t be able to sustain our growth and deliver the reliable service that you count on. These changes were necessary to ensure that we can continue to offer a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service.

How much can be stored with the new storage limits?

  • OneDrive free with 5 GB: enough space for approximately 6,600 Office documents or 1,600 photos.*
  • Office 365 with 1 TB: enough space for approximately 1 million Office documents or 330,000 photos.*

*Based on 9-megapixel JPEG photos, .7 MB Office files. Capacity varies by content.

How do I check how much storage I have, how much I’m using and when my old storage will expire?

You can view that information at the Storage page in your OneDrive account.

Read the full article from source

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What is Pokémon Go?

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jul• 13•16

If you’ve been on the internet — or, um, outside — lately, you may have noticed that a game called Pokémon Go is suddenly taking the world by storm. It may have you wondering, especially if you were born before 1984, just what the hell is going on.

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Pokémon is a Nintendo franchise that launched in the 1990s. In its world, “trainers” travel the world to catch varied monsters called Pokémon — rats, dragons, swordlike creatures, and more — and use these critters to fight each other. The trainer’s goal is to “catch ’em all,” as the franchise’s slogan suggests, and become a Pokémon master by defeating prestigious trainers known as gym leaders and Elite Four.

So what is Pokémon Go? Unlike previous Pokémon games, it’s not for Nintendo’s handheld consoles; it’s a free download for Android and iOS devices. It also doesn’t play at all like previous Pokémon games: Although the goal is still to catch ’em all, Pokémon Gois an augmented reality game — it mixes real-world elements with the game.

 

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The big thing is Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to decide which Pokémon appear in the game. If you’re at the park, more bug and grass types appear. If you’re by a lake, more water types appear. If it’s night, more nocturnal ghost and fairy types do. So Pokémon won’t just come to you; players have to traverse the real world to catch ’em all.

Pokémon Go also has gyms — where you can fight gym leaders — and PokéStops based on real-world locations, which create hubs where players can meet. (You can buy, with real money, items to lure Pokémon to these stops; that’s how Niantic, the game’s developer, makes money.)

So why is the game taking off now? Well, it just came out, so it’s new and exciting. But it’s also free, making it easy to pick up. And it taps into nostalgia for those who playedPokémon in the ’90s. Specifically, Pokémon Go realizes a vision Pokémon fans have had since the series came out: What if Pokémon were real, and inhabited our world?

It’s also exciting because it’s the first big augmented reality game. Although others (likeIngress and Life Is Crime) tried before, none reached the heights of Pokémon Go. But with Pokémon Go’s success, it’s something you can expect more of in the future.

Source : Original article “Vox.com”

 

 

Google praises 86-year-old for polite internet searches

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 20•16

Google has thanked an 86-year-old British woman who proved old-fashioned manners have a place in the modern world when she typed “please” and “thank you” in an internet search.

May Ashworth’s grandson Ben John found her laptop open and took a photo of the unusually polite online request. She was asking for a translation of the Roman numerals MCMXCVIII.

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John, a 25-year-old from Wigan, has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.

He told the BBC he and his boyfriend do not have a clothes dryer so they go to Ashworth’s house for their laundry.

“I asked my nan why she used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it seemed she thinks that there is someone – a physical person – at Google’s headquarters who looks after the searches.

“She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker,” he said.

British television shows use Roman numerals on their credits for the year the programme was made. Ashworth had seen them and wanted a translation into modern-day numerals, based on the Hindu-Arabic system.

 

 

How to upgrade to Windows 10 step by step

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 02•16

WINDOWS 10 IS finally here, bringing the familiar desktop back to the forefront and introducing new treats like Cortana, the virtual assistant, and Edge, the browser that will finally erase those bad memories of Internet Explorer. Wondering how to get in on the goodness? Don’t worry. It’s easy—and if you’re an existing Windows 7 or 8 user, it’s free.

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First, you need to make sure your device meets Windows 10’s minimum requirements, which it should, because they’re not all that strenuous. You just need a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for 64-bit), and 20GB of free disk space. Forget your PC; other than the storage, even most phones measure up.

All set? Great. From there it’s varying degrees of easy, mostly depending on whether you reserved your upgrade already.

If you already reserved your Windows 10 upgrade: Good news! Upgrade files may already have discreetly downloaded onto your PC. Just look for the notification that says your upgrade is ready, and run the installer. The whole process should take between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on your rig.

If you haven’t reserved your Windows 10 upgrade yet: Look to your system tray for a “Get Windows 10” icon. From there, you can either reserve an upgrade (Windows 10 will roll out over the next few weeks, so not everyone can get it day one), or go ahead and schedule an install if your device already qualifies. When your magic moment arrives, in the form of a notification from Microsoft, go ahead and run the installer.

If you want to skip the line: Both of the above methods will work eventually, but they’re also dependent on waiting for Microsoft to anoint your device. Lucky for you, there’s an easy shortcutavailable. First, head here to download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool (under “Select Edition” choose “Windows 10” and click “Confirm”). Launch it, select “Upgrade this PC,” and click “Next.” From there, just sit back and relax; you’ll be basking in Windows 10 before you know it.

As always, it’s smart to back up your system ahead of time. And maybe most importantly, remember that the free upgrade offer only lasts a year; if you wait until July 30 of 2016, you’re going to have to pay up.

you can watch YouTube video about how to upgrade to windows 10. just click on the photo blow

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Written By: Guest Contributor - Nov• 01•15

Are you nearing your 65th birthday? Avoid spending any more time inside trying to figure out Medicare — check out this guide from MyMedicareMatters!

What do you know about social engineering? Episode 1

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 01•15

Hello SeniorNet fans,

Today, we have a new article about your security and safety online.

Have you heard about social engineering? Some of you maybe, and some of you no.

This is the first episode about social engineering and how hackers use social engineering to steal your information. This hacker could be anyone, even people close to you. Beware

Today : what is social engineering and what does it mean?

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According to Wikipedia:

Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional “con” in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.

The term “social engineering” as an act of psychological manipulation is also associated with the social sciences, but its usage has caught on among computer and information security professionals.

In the next episodes, we will go further in detail and recount true stories of people got deceived and willingly gave their personal information to a hacker.

See you in the next episode.

05 Best Price Check Apps

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 01•15

Hello SeniorNet fans it’s been long time we didn’t post about apps lately

today we came with vey nice apps that makes you check price and compare with other stores:

let’s start quickly

1-Smoopa

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Maybe this is the number one and my favorit too

Description

Smoopa is a free shopping companion that helps you never overpay again.With Smoopa you can:
• Compare prices—Browse, search, or scan barcodes to see if it’s a good price.
• Shop confidently—Buy in-store or directly from trusted online retailers.
• Set price alerts—Get an alert when the item drops below your desired price.
• Discover amazing products—Browse and shop millions of items shared by the community.
• Share your finds—Save items to collections and wishlists to help others discover them.
• Earn rewards—Scan barcodes while shopping or create interesting collections to earn rewards.”Bargain hunters have never had it better.”
-The Wall Street Journal

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“Smoopa Shopping is a price checker app that puts you in control—and actually makes the process fun. It leverages the power of real-time aggregation by having the app users submit prices of items they’ve just purchased in store. You can also follow other user feeds and build collections of your favorite items.”

2-ScanLife Barcode & QR Reader

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Description

Put a personal shopper in your pocket with ScanLife so you’ll always get the information you want most. Scan any product’s barcode, QR Code or Microsoft Tag and we’ll quickly find you more about it including prices and reviews.You’ll also have access to a selection of the latest discounts, deals and special offers from thousands of national and local stores that change based on your interests. Get hand-picked offers and content from the products you love or want.Scan a product UPC barcode, we’ll help you find a variety of information:
- Find and compare prices from your favorite stores like Amazon, Toys R Us, Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and purchase right from your phone (depending on location)
- Check-out product reviews & see what others are saying
- Earn mPoint rewards as you scan QR Codes and barcodes that can be redeemed for real gift cards (US only)
- Save all your scanning activity in your History and like products to save to Favorites.
- Sync with Facebook to save your scanning history.

 

 

 

 

3- Consumr

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Unfortunately this app is available only for apple devices and on apple store

Description

Consumr is the ultimate product guide. Discover the best products, see reviews, and compare prices from strollers to toys and everything in between!*Supports barcodes & QR code scanning*
Read reviews, discover what’s hot, see prices and contribute your own ratings to the biggest mobile community of reviewers!
The NY Times: “A slick app for reviews”
TechCrunch: “Yelp for products”
USA Today: “Handy shopping companion”
Note: Barcode Scanning not supported on iPod Touch 4th Gen

4- Shop adviser

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Description

ShopAdvisor – Your personal shopping concierge for fashion, tech, decor and moreShopAdvisor is a personal shopping concierge for your mobile device. Get access to insider knowledge on when, where, and what to shop, so that you can buy and discover the latest in everything from fashion to tech to magazine editors’ picks.ShopAdvisor will help you decide:When to shop – we keep track of all of the things you love, so we’ll let you know when the price drops or when something becomes available.Where to shop – we track 200M products from more than 16,000 retailers, so you can find what you love both online and in-store at a price you love.What to shop – we partner with some of the top magazines and influencers so you can discover new trends, looks and ideas. You can also search for your favorite products — we’ll even give you personalized recommendations.Some of our magazine partners include: Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Vogue, People StyleWatch, Real Simple, Men’s Health, This Old House, Cooking Light, Parent & Child, and many more.

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5- Price grabber

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Description

 

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Saving money comparing prices is easy. Do it everywhere on anything you buy with the PriceGrabber app!The PriceGrabber app helps you quickly find the lowest price on millions of products from thousands of online merchants and local stores. Find products, compare prices, read product reviews, and get merchant ratings — it’s all right in your hand!Scan barcodes to find products from thousands of retailers.Search, browse and compare products. Search by product name, UPC, manufacturer’s part number, or just about anything you can think of. You can also browse through our product categories and see what’s most popular.Sort by Price, rating or popularityFilter search results to refine your product discoverySet Price Alerts and get notified when your price has been met.

Product reviews. Read unbiased information from millions of users.

See the BottomLinePrice, which includes tax and shipping.

Favorite items. You don’t have to be ready to buy, just add items to your Favorites and come back to them later.

PriceGrabber is the industry leader in online shopping. Millions of consumers use PriceGrabber to quickly obtain free and unbiased information about products, services, merchants and sellers before making a purchase decision. Through continued innovation and consistent focus on providing the best shopping experience on the Internet, PriceGrabber has established itself as the most trusted and effective online destination for savvy shopping.

Alright fans that’s all for today hope you try one of these apps and leave a comment on our Facebook page

Thank you so much, don’t forget to grab the lowest price while shopping

See you Soon.

 

 

New Partnership Makes Getting Help with Medicare More Personal

Written By: Guest Contributor - May• 29•15

New Partnership Makes Getting Help with Medicare More Personal

 

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the National Council on Aging’s My Medicare Matters to bring online Medicare decision-making assistance to all SeniorNet members. We believe this endeavor supports our shared goal of enhancing the lives of older adults through online learning.

 

My Medicare Matters is an innovative educational tool that helps individuals understand, navigate, and make the most of their Medicare coverage. SeniorNet members will have dedicated access to all of the personalized educational tools from the website and can get selected assistance through the local SHIPs or Aon Retiree Health Exchange Benefits Advisors.

 

“We are pleased to partner with SeniorNet to support their mission of empowering older adults with education opportunities,” said Jay Greenberg, CEO of NCOA Services. “Combining our technology based services to provide unbiased Medicare education and decision support tools will enhance the lives of the older adults who look to SeniorNet for lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet.”

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for SeniorNet members to access a comprehensive and easy to use tool that will be of significant value Boomers, caregivers and the younger generation.

 

Find out more at MyMedicareMatters.org/SeniorNet

Leslie M. Smith

Board Chairman, SeniorNet

Best 3 android apps for this week

Written By: Guest Contributor - Apr• 14•15

Hello SeniorNet fans , I hope everything is going well with you

Today with the best 3 androids  apps for this week

1- MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder

are you tired to remember taking your pills at time?

you don’t remember if you have missed some pills or no?

no more worries

MediSafe is an award winning, top rated medication reminder, if you need to track your medications, this is the app for you!

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MediSafe is a beautiful, visual and easy-to-use pill reminder and medication management app. It will help you take your medicine on time and safely. It also allows you to help your family members with their pills.

Description

★ Download MediSafe, and start managing your medication now! ★

Whether you are taking one medicine or more, you know how difficult it is remembering to take each one at the right time. If you are a caretaker for a parent, child, or patient, you know how stressful it is not knowing for sure if your loved one took their pills on time.

MediSafe has the solution. It’s free and simple!

MediSafe will remind you when to take your medication. You can also update your app manually. Your Med-Friend (family member or caretaker) is notified if you don’t check in, so they can remind you only if needed.
It will help you remember to take meds, keep track what pill you took and when, remind you to refill and even give you medication discounts.

★ Download MediSafe, never forget a medicine dose again! ★

Free features:
• Visual and super easy to handle Medication Reminder.
• Synchronizes the family medicine pillboxes to one place.
• Reminds you to take your medication on time, even if your device is asleep.
• Choose your meds reminder sound to make MediSafe a comfortable addition to your day.
• High end graphics that look great on HD Displays.
• See a list of what medication are “due today” and check them off as you go.
• Rx refill reminds you when you need to restock on medicine.
• List PRN (on demand) medication.
• See your progress report and send it to the doctor as an Excel file.
• Sync reminders with your Android Wear smartwatch. Shake your wrist to mark that you took the medication.

Download here

 

2- Connect

Description

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Connect puts all your people on the map. The app brings together your social networks, email and phone contacts into one location-powered communication tool that helps you spend more time with the people that matter. See who lives in the city you’re visiting, discover friends nearby, and get in touch!Connect is not a new social network. The app pulls together everyone you know from Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, iPhone, Gmail, LinkedIn and Twitter so all of your friends are on the map from the start!Key features:- See your friends on a map.
- Discover what cities friends live in and where they’ve checked in recently.
- Get notified when friends visit or post on any service – Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, or Connect!
- Chat, call, and email directly through the app.
- Create groups to chat and share real-time location.
- Check in to let your friends know where you are – and for how long.
- Easily search your whole network by school, workplace, relationship status and more!Available for iPhone, Android, and on the web at www.connect.com.Home is where your people are. Welcome home.Disclaimer: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Download here

3- Expense IQ – Expense Manager

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Description

Expense IQ is the number one expense manager app that combines an expense manager, a bill reminder, a checkbook register and a budget planner!
Expense IQ – Expense Manager provides a rich, detailed window into your personal finances and daily money management needs.Track and manage daily expenses quickly & easily! Business expenses, personal expenses, travel expenses etc can all be managed rapidly using Expense IQ’s simple and intuitive user interface.Interactive reports & graphs let you analyse income, expenses, cash flow and balance over various date ranges and accounts.To more effectively manage your budgets, you need a budget planner that makes keeping track of your expenses fun and easy. The integrated budget manager within Expense IQ lets you set monthly budgets on specific accounts and/or categories and monitor them via color-coded budget health bars that warns you when you are about to exceed your budgets.Also integrated is a bill reminder that helps you avoid nasty late fees by issuing you timely reminders to pay your bills. You can even take a picture of your bills or invoices to keep a digital record.Full list of extensive features include:
-Cloud synchronization via Dropbox to synchronize transaction data between multiple devices
-Split transactions supported for more detailed income & expense management
-Export captured data as QIF & CSV to desktop money managers (eg. Quicken) for expense reporting etc.
-Includes a Home Screen Widget for even faster expense management & tracking. Add transactions straight from the home page once you enable the widget – great for daily expense tracking!
-Receive notifications of upcoming and overdue bills – for both one-time payments as well as recurring bills
-Set monthly budgets on specific accounts and/or categories and monitor them via color-coded budget health bars
-Fully customizable income and expense categories for more accurate budget planning.
-Take Photos of Bills & Receipts
-Integrated Checkbook Manager
-Track and manage expense and income for multiple accounts in multiple currencies
-Setup repeating transactions
-Support transfers between accounts
-Lock application using a 4-digit security pin
-Backup data onto internal SD card
-Daily automated backup creation

This app is not just for money lovers! Whether you are looking for a better daily expense manager or trying to stay out of debt and be money wise, Expense IQ is definitely the ideal tool to stay on top of your finances.

Expense IQ is brought to you by Handy Apps.

 Download here

Alright guys that’s all for today see you next week, stay healthy don’t forget your pills again !!!

What do you know about SSD?

Written By: Guest Contributor - Mar• 30•15

Hello SeniorNet fans

Hope everything is going well with you

Today we gonna see what is SSD drive and what do you know about it? what is the difference between, SSD drive and HDD drive

which of them is better?

Watch this short video

Most people now buy laptops for their computing needs and have to make the decision between getting either a Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as the storage component.  So which of the two is the better choice, an SSD or HDD? There’s no straight-forward answer to this question; each buyer has different needs and you have to evaluate the decision based on those needs, your preferences, and of course budget. Even though the price of SSDs has been falling, the price per gigabyte advantage is still strongly with HDDs. Yet, if performance and fast bootup is your primary consideration and money is secondary, then SSD is the way to go. For the remainder of this article, we will make a comparison of SSD and HDD storage and go over the good, the bad, and the ugly of both.

What is an SSD?

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We’ll make no assumptions here and keep this article on a level that anyone can understand. You might be shopping for a computer and simply wondering what the heck SSD actually means? To begin, SSD stands for Solid State Drive. You’re probably familiar with USB memory sticks – SSD can be thought of as an oversized and more sophisticated version of the humble USB memory stick. Like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. Rather, information is stored in microchips.  Conversely, a hard disk drive uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read information from the right location on a storage platter. This difference is what makes SSD so much faster. As an analogy, what’s quicker? Having to walk across the room to retrieve a book to get information or simply magically having that book open in front of you when you need it? That’s how an HDD compares to an SSD; it simply requires more physical labor (mechanical movement) to get information.

A typical SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory. This is a non-volatile type of memory. What does non-volatile mean you ask? The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumors floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years.  Regardless, that rumor is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!

An SSD does not have a mechanical arm to read and write data, it instead relies on an embedded processor (or “brain”) called a controller to perform a bunch of operations related to reading and writing data. The controller is a very important factor in determining the speed of the SSD. Decisions it makes related to how to store, retrieve, cache and clean up data can determine the overall speed of the drive. We won’t get into the nitty-gritty details for the various tasks it performs such as error correction, read and write caching, encryption, and garbage collection to name a few. Yet, suffice to say, good controller technology is often what separates an excellent SSD from a good one. An example of a fast controller today is the SandForce SATA 3.0 (6GB/s) SSD controller that supports burst speeds up to 550MB/s read and write speeds. The next gen SandForce 3700 family of controllers was announced in late 2013, and is quoted to reach a blistering 1,800MB/s read/write sequential speeds as well as 150K/80K random IOPS.

Finally, you may be wondering what an SSD looks like and how easy it is to replace a hard drive with an after-market device. If you look at the images below, you’ll see the top and undersides of a typically-sized 2.5” SSD. The technology is encased inside either a plastic or metal case and looks like nothing more than what a battery might:

Look at this table and see the main differences between SSD and HDD

Attribute SSD (Solid State Drive) HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
Power Draw / Battery Life Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery
Cost Expensive, roughly $0.10 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive) Only around $0.06 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)
Capacity Typically not larger than 1TB for notebook size drives; 1TB max for desktops Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 6TB max for desktops
Operating System Boot Time Around 10-13 seconds average bootup time Around 30-40 seconds average bootup time
Noise There are no moving parts and as such no sound Audible clicks and spinning can be heard
Vibration No vibration as there are no moving parts The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration
Heat Produced Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw
Failure Rate Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours
File Copy / Write Speed Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s
Encryption Full Disk Encryption (FDE)Supported on some models Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models
File Opening Speed Up to 30% faster than HDD Slower than SSD
Magnetism Affected? An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism Magnets can erase data

 Source: storagereview

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