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Second Wind

Entrepreneurs are giving their old computers new life with budget-friendly extras.

This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The age of the two-year PC upgrade cycle has passed. The new trend is to hang on to your older hardware and eke as much use out of it as possible--making it a smart move to put your money on some nifty peripherals and accessories. Here are just a few examples of the hottest add-ons entrepreneurs are currently buying to improve the performance and extend the lifespans of their computers.

External hard drive: When you've finally maxed out your built-in storage, look to an external hard drive for more breathing room. What's more, it has the bonus of portability for the times when you need to travel from machine to machine.

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