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Or would you buy a bike where you are not allowed to put the chain back on yourself ? #Apple are trying to make it impossible for you and independant repair outfits like us to #repair your own devices. This isn’t good for the consumers who have purchased Macbook Pro’s and Air’s which are models 2015 until present. Why ? They all have inherant design flaws, from Macbook screen cables that fail after you’ve opened / closed the Mac 50-60 times. Or the bad chips being used in 2017 onward models that will fail in a short space of time. according to Apple, that’s YOUR fault as you are using it wrong ! They will charge you the cost of replacing the entire logic board, or screen from between £800 -£1200 , where repair shops like us will repair the baord by replacing the bad chip, or whatever has failed, all at a fraction of the cost of an Apple ‘ehem’ repair. Liquid damage ? No problem. Dead ‘fried’ mac ? No problem. get in touch with us today 01403 586016 http://mac-rehab.co.uk https://mycomputerworks.co.uk #righttorepair #mac #macbook #local
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Why fast SSD storage might be the best thing for your computer.

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Before you throw out that old desktop or laptop, consider to upgrade its storage. Whether your computer uses a hard drive or an older solid-state drive (or SSD) it’s probably time to upgrade it. SSDs are getting faster every years and replacing the storage in your old computer with a new SSD won’t cost you too much, it won’t take that long to fit, and it will make a huge difference to the speed of your computing experience.

As its name suggests, SSD is solid—unlike the traditional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) fitted in most desktops and laptops since the dawn of portable computing, which use a read/write head floating over a magnetic platter, there are no moving parts.

Not only does that make SSDs more robust, and quieter, it also means read and write times are much quicker—depending on the solid state medium these drives can boot up to five times faster and copy files three to four times faster. With no mechanical movements to make or wait for, everything speeds up. And technology is always improving, so a SSD from today could be twice as fast as an SSD purchased even just four years ago.

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SSDs do have some disadvantages, like a limited lifespan of read/write cycles, but the most modern SSD technology is designed to minimize the problems these disadvantages are going to cause to your day-to-day computing.

Considering the frequency with which your computer operating system accesses the internal drive, the speed gains can really add up, which means a sluggish and wheezy old machine can be instantly given a fresh lease on life with a shiny new SSD. First though, we’ll explain some of the technologies underpinning SSD.

Flash storage and SSDs

SSDs are most commonly built with flash, (also known as NAND storage), just like USB sticks and smartphones—though the type and configuration of the flash storage depends on the use case. So while a USB stick and an SSD might both qualify as flash memory, the SSD will typically use higher quality modules, with better performance, and have a more sophisticated setup to handle the demands of holding an entire OS.

A USB stick will give you more storage for your money, but it won’t run as fast or last as long as an SSD, though they’re both based on the same kind of technology. If you try booting an OS from a USB drive, you’ll see what we mean.

While flash-based SSDs are increasingly common in modern computers (they come fitted in every MacBook now, for example), they were for a long time much more expensive than the HDD equivalents. This doesn’t matter so much on a small memory card or USB stick, but when you’re talking about 512GB of storage, that difference gets a lot bigger.

Flash-SSDs remain the more expensive option, but prices have now settled to the point where they’re not completely beyond the budget of the average consumer looking for a new laptop (or wanting to upgrade an old one). At the same time, SSD longevity has improved, though they still can’t match HDDs for archival purposes.

SSD technologies and types

If you’re buying an SSD you’ll come across several different types of SSD and different types of formats and connections too. For example, if you’re upgrading an older machine your best (and maybe only) option might be the traditional SATA connection. This is the connection used by traditional hard drives and most 2.5mm SSDs. SATA has been available since at least 2003, so you need to make sure the drive, and cable you’re using use the latest version of SATA, SATA III, if you want the best speeds. It’s twice as fast as SATA II and four times as fast as SATA I.

A more modern connection option is PCIe, which connects to a faster part of the system and is designed to overcome some of the bottlenecks you might get with SATA (where the SSD is too fast for the rest of the computer to keep up). It’s more expensive, and won’t be compatible with older hardware, but it offers better performance. You’ll also see NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) mentioned alongside or sometimes instead of PCIe. It’s a is a protocol for implementing PCIe, and it just means your SSD will communicate with your computer faster.

That’s the underlying technology, but there are also the types of the physical connectors and form factors: M.2 (which can be in both SATA and PCIe flavors) is the most common for mobile drives (though you’ll find it on nearly all desktop computer motherboards now too). You might also see the more obscure U.2 option. Desktops, meanwhile, have embraced M.2 lately, but older ones still largely stick with the traditional SATA connectors or the newer SATA Express..

You should also be aware of a new type of SSD storage called 3D XPoint. Developed by Intel and Micron, it offers even better performance than current SSDs that use NAND flash storage. Thanks to various optimizations—like splitting data up into smaller chunks—these 3D XPoint drives are currently the fastest SSD drives on the market, though for the time being at least they’re overkill for updating an aging laptop or desktop.

Upgrading a laptop or desktop

Despite all the various acronyms and terms we’ve introduced so far, choosing an SSD upgrade for your laptop or desktop is actually pretty straightforward, because you’re going to be limited by your existing system’s setup (if you’re buying an SSD for a new rig, that’s when the buying process can get a lot more complicated). Identify the motherboard inside your laptop or desktop, and you can then work out which SSDs that are going to fit and run happily alongside them. Older laptops and nearly all desktops will work with a 2.5mm SATA drive, while newer laptops will probably use a M.2 SATA or NVMe drive. If you aren’t sure whether your laptop supports NVMe you can check with the manufacturer or just play it safe and go with SATA.

Most computers from the last few years will happily run with an SSD upgrade inside, though obviously the process is more fiddly on a laptop because of the lack of space. Your new SSD will need to be the same physical size and use the same connector as your current HDD, and a quick web search should reveal the right upgrade for your computer model (and maybe lead to you a few updates from people who’ve already tried it).

Of course though, we can save you the time and bother !

MyComputerWorks Horsham  can upgrade your 2008 – 2012 Macbook Pro to an SSD including a transfer of all data from your older Hard Drive to the new Solid State Drive from just £99.99 – iMacs from just £119.95 all inclusive ! Windows Laptops and desktops from just £99 ! More here https://www.mycomputerworks.co.uk . Why don’t you see what our customers have had to say with their reviews? Find out more about upgrading your Mac in Horsham by using the contact form on the website, or by calling 01403 586016  or by sending an email to hello@mycomputerworks.co.uk.

The importance of servicing your Macbook…. Two costly examples..

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Prevention is always better than cure…

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In the past monthat MyComputerWorks we have seen two Apple Macbooks come in as ‘dead’. The cause ? They had not been serviced, and both had been left , one for several weeks, the other for months not in use. The result was where there was dust build up around the chips on the logic board, the dust accumulations had absorbed moisture. The 2016 Macbook we had in had suffered a failed back light fuse due to this. The resulting cost was just below £300. The late 2012 Macbook we saw had multiple short circuits on the logic board due exactly the same issue. The repair was just under £400 !Hence – Prevention really is so much better than cure, not to mention an awful lot cheaper! see image below. One can clearly see the dust build up accross the two top chips – The moistue in the dust completed the circuit when it was turned on. It fried immediatley, the resulting cost on this was a replacement logic board. Costly!

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It is so important to get your MacBook serviced. Blocked fans are the killer – running hot is the major cause of failure. So get a service and prolong the life of your mac . book in your Mac with MyComputerWorks Horsham where service starts from just £25.

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Why use our Apple Mac repair service?

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If you’ve got a Mac computer that needs repairing, why not use MyComputerWorks? We have built up a five star reputation over the years to become a reliable source of expert advice in Horsham West Sussex. Here are a few reasons why you should use our Mac repair service.

Free Ample Parking Right At Our Door

With free ample parking at MyComputerWorks where you can park 5 feet away from the door, it removes the hassle of parking in a multi story carpark in Horsham, trudging through and out of the car park with you expensive Apple Mac computer, to then walk with it, hopefully not in the rain to a Computer shop in Horsham. We also pass on the reduced cost of not having an expensive town centre shop front directly to you.

Experts on hand

Our repair team are highly trained to deal with Apple repairs, whether they are common or more tricky issues. Some of the Mac repairs we encounter include screen issues, Wi-Fi connectivity issues, data retrieval and problems starting up or switching off. We can upgrade your Macbook to a SSD ( Solid State Drive ) including data transfer from as little as just £99 inclusive ! Whatever your Mac is , be it iMac, Mac Pro, Macmini, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro Whatever your issue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Quality Apple repairs at cheaper prices

We guarantee the same quality repair you would receive at an Apple shop at a fraction of the cost. So why not give us a try and save some money?

Quick and reliable

We understand how important your device is to you, that’s why we offer a Mac repair service you can rely on that won’t leave you without it for too long. Most of our Mac repairs can be done and ready within a day, often the same day.

Free quote

Before you decide to go ahead with our repair service, you can request a free quote using our form. Just fill in your details and what the problem is and we’ll be in touch.

Choose a time that suits you

Choose a date and time that’s convenient for you to bring your Mac into our Workshop to be repaired or upgraded. If you can’t get to us, we will happily collect it and return it to you within a 5 mile radius of Horsham.

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Reasons to Choose a Mac Over a PC

Similar to the rivalry between the Android lovers and those who have allegiances with iPhones, Apple and PC have had somewhat of a conflict going on for a while now too.

So, why is it that these devices receive such strong loyalty and affection when people could grab one of the 1000’s of PCs on the market? We’ve got seven great reasons that’ll convince you if you are on the fence.

In case anyone is nit-picking we’ve grouped those personal computers manufactured by the various PC manufacturers on one side and those built by Apple on the other, and now we can get stuck into why you should choose a Mac over PCs…

User Experience

The operating systems on both sides play an essential role in the user experience. If the user experience is a bad one, then tantrums and rage can ensue, but if things run as expected, then it’s simply heavenly. Take Windows 8 for example; this was a bad release for Windows both for design and customer satisfaction, with Microsoft trying too hard to push touch-based computing on a desktop to users who weren’t in the market for it. Windows 10 saved their bacon and is welcomed as a rather tidy OS, but there’s still a long way to go. In contrast, OS High Sierra on Macs is stable, clean, and refined; not to mention better optimisation for professional applications and an easy to use interface.

Wood Through the PC Trees

This is an issue that many people will have encountered; just which PC do I choose? It’s an absolute minefield unless you know what you’re looking for.

Apple’s Macs include the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, and this catalogue of devices will hit the spot for someone, depending on your needs.

Now, due to the fact that PCs don’t come from just one brand/manufacturer, you can’t always see the wood through the trees. There’s got to be hundreds of PCs on the market, but not one of these have the direction guiding them that the people behind Macs offer.

Security

The go-to for any keen Apple product warrior – security! A long-standing selling point for Macs is that they boast a superior security level compared to their PC counterparts. Macs have a reputable record for continually showing that they suffer fewer attacks than Windows-based PCs, by some length too!

Quality Software as Standard

PCs have plenty of super software packages on offer for almost any computer-based task. Some are available for purchase, while some can be downloaded for free. However, one thing that is most often seen is the fact they don’t come with the machine. In contrast, when you unwrap your Mac or even second-hand Apple computers for sale fire them up you’ll find an impressive collection of very useful apps including iTunes, Photos, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, FaceTime and Maps, to name a few, already installed. There’s also Final Cut Pro X which is for Mac only, while the maturity of the applications on the macOS platform is simply unbeatable.

Having these apps ready to go means that you’ll be able to create music, edit photos and make movies, as well as get your work done from the off.

Also, Macs have App Store, which allows you to access a world of additional apps that can be installed on your Mac. What’s more, Microsoft apps run perfectly well, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook now mainstays on many a Mac.

The Build Quality

We’re all aware that Macs are expensive. But, if you’re after a device that is built to the highest of standards, with top-spec components, sophisticated styling, all finished with near-fanatical attention to detail, then Macs will provide you with some of the most undeniably beautiful consumer electronic products on the market. Furthermore, having access to a computer that offers stability in terms of its function is a must. And with the majority of users owning their machine for business use, if that goes down, money is lost, which is not only a headache for business owners but also unavoidable.

User Satisfaction

A Mac is an electronic product, and just like any other product of its kind, must validate its cost to the consumer. Thankfully though, the Mac has held the throne for customer satisfaction surveys for more than a decade now, and given how fickle we can all be as consumers, this really is no mean feat. Add this to the fact that when you think of the price tag that comes with the Mac, they really do offer a huge amount to the prospective buyer. At the end of the day, Apple delivers the goods, literally, and in various ways. That’s the most convincing case of all, in our opinions.

No Regrets

Lastly, people who purchase Macs have few, if any, regrets; if you don’t believe us, ask friends who have one and see for yourself!

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