This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new Lenovo system is exciting, but it does create a couple of challenges: what to do with your old PC and, more importantly, how to purge it of personal data. Whether you opt to donate, trade in, recycle or gift it to a friend or family member, you’ll need to delete your data for good. This is extremely important! The challenge is getting everything 100% removed. Simply deleting your files, folders and apps and emptying the recycle bin won’t do the trick. This just hides your files from the operating system until they’re overwritten, so even a dependable friend could unknowingly put your personal information in the hands of a hacker. You’ll need a much deeper clean. Here are four steps you can take to completely erase everything on your old PC: 1. First, back it all up This initial step may be a given, but you should first store important files and memories  in a second, safe location. If you haven’t taken this step, or if it’s been awhile since you checked, make sure everything is copied over to an external hard drive or online backup service as you transfer files and folders to your new Lenovo system. 2. Find a good trade-in program to properly purge data for you Some companies have trade-in...

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I think we’re at the point where I don’t need to explain SSDs and their importance in the enterprise environment. If you need a refresher though, you can read one of my previous blogs about the mainstream server use of SATA or SAS SSDs.  Why PCIe? There’s a new breed of SSD on the market that use the PCIe interface. Early adopters of this technology have been banks, the oil & gas industry and cloud companies that are buying PCIe accelerators — such as the ones made by Fusion IO — which fit in the traditional PCIe slots at the back of the system. PCIe has a big advantage over the latest 12Gbps SAS with double the bandwidth (our PCIe drives are x4 for about 30Gbps). And, because PCIe connects directly to the CPU, instead of having to go through PCIe to a SAS controller and then convert SAS to flash, there is a big improvement in latency. This is significant because the current generation of flash is so fast that it causes SAS to be the bottleneck. With PCIe 3.0, the speeds are fast enough to make the SSD controller —or the actual NAND — the bottleneck. Why Front Bays? Traditional PCIe drives plug into the server’s rear PCIe slots. This is problematic for two reasons: difficult thermal management and poor serviceability. The...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team While we know many of you might have just bought a new Lenovo PC or tablet, we also realize you still may have your old device around. Not quite sure about the best way to recycle or dispose of it? Don’t toss it out! Lenovo’s trade-in programs not only make it easy to recycle responsibly, but will also pay you for many items that are still in good condition. If you’ve purchased a new Lenovo system recently or plan to do so soon, you can exchange your used electronics for a Lenovo gift card or check. It’s one of the most convenient, responsible and profitable ways to trade-in, trade-up or trade-out of old devices. If you’re in the United States, you can take advantage of our trade-in program. Through our partnership with NextWorth, we accept devices from many major brands—from Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxies to HP laptops and Amazon Kindles—in addition to old Lenovo devices. Here’s how to take advantage of the program: First, find your product. Answer a few questions about the condition of your old device to get a trade-in quote....

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Ray Marshall, CEO, mSeven Software

Ray Marshall, CEO, mSeven Software

    He likes Pandora, MinutePhysics,and creating apps everyday people can use. Meet LenovoDev Developer of the Week Ray Marshall. Marshall is President and CEO of mSeven Software LLC of Portland, OR.  As a leader in the productivity and security categories, mSeven's apps include mSeven Secure, mSeven Gifts, and mSeven Backup. Marshall and mSeven believe that "useful software is software made simple for everyday users, not experts."  Recently we sat down with Ray and asked him our infamous LenovoDev 5 Questions. [Read More]

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Lenovopicks Collection

Lenovopicks Collection

Now that you have your Windows 8 device, it's time to discover the apps that enhance how you use it.  We know this can be a bit of a challenge, since the Windows Store has over 200,000 apps competing for your attention!  That's why we've created  We've found a variety of apps that will open new ways for you to have fun and get things done. Our team checks out the latest app releases, popular categories, quality and app ratings in the Windows Store.  Then we download the apps ourselves, put them through testing, and pick the ones that merit our stamp of approval. is where we feature a small collection of our favorite apps including:  games, productivity, tools, multimedia, entertainment, and what's trending.  We make great apps easy for you to find and download directly from the Windows Store. We constantly update the apps on, so CHECK BACK OFTEN to see what we've found.  We're always on the lookout for trends and hidden gems!    

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