Yeah bonus, looks like a SATA and 7200 rpm also, hopefully another 20K hours life - just need to weed out the disruptive app I believe at this point.No problem with SSD on older machines: when you have a sata port you're set
But, I do want to go to SSD, much faster - My NUC with SSD processes audio files maybe 4-6x faster than this old Dell.I was also gonna say, if you're relatively tech savvy, you can do the HDD to SSD clone and swap yourself.
When I did my hard drive swap, I bought a Crucial SSD from amazon.com, and it came with a piece of software called Acronis True Image, which allows you to do a bit-perfect clone from one drive to another. You also need to buy an external USB to SATA adapter and a USB key. The software creates a bootable USB key with the Acronis software on it - once you do that, you take out the old HDD and replace it with the new SSD, and then boot off the USB stick with the old HDD also connected to the machine via the SATA to USB adapter. Then with the Acronis software, you clone the HDD to the SSD - when it's done you disconnect all the external USB devices and presto, you're now running from your new internal SSD drive.
I'll tell from experience it can take quite a long time to clone one drive to another and if you have a ton of media to migrate think in terms of hours. That's quite a long time to watch someone like a hawk.Yeah bonus, looks like a SATA and 7200 rpm also, hopefully another 20K hours life - just need to weed out the disruptive app I believe at this point.
But, I do want to go to SSD, much faster - My NUC with SSD processes audio files maybe 4-6x faster than this old Dell.
Been a computer user since the 386 days, but not much on doing the nuts and bolts type Tech work you're describing Dave, probably just hire a guy local (and watch him like a hawk -LOL)
You guys are all awesome
Maybe... I do have multiple Back ups in different ways, from DVD, USB SSD and even Cloud for my important data.I'll tell from experience it can take quite a long time to clone one drive to another and if you have a ton of media to migrate think in terms of hours. That's quite a long time to watch someone like a hawk.
At least give it chance & research how to do it yourself. As has been pointed out before it's wise to clone every now & then even if things are good because tomorrow never knows.
And again get a 2nd drive put in for data. If a virus should get the C: drive at least all your hard media work & other stuff will probably be safe.
This is what I’d recommend too Dave. It’s pretty easy with the free software that comes with most SATA SSDs. Just clone your original drive to the SSD, then swap to SSD in for you old drive. It’s done.I was also gonna say, if you're relatively tech savvy, you can do the HDD to SSD clone and swap yourself
Agreed - honestly speaking, I was a little nervous when I did mine, but it couldn't have gone more smoothly.This is what I’d recommend too Dave. It’s pretty easy with the free software that comes with most SATA SSDs. Just clone your original drive to the SSD, then swap to SSD in for you old drive. It’s done.
I looked up that 9100, what a nice beast! My radar came on in 2012 when the 8500 was new; came with 256GB SSD and a Seagate 1TB HDD (their worst model; died in 18 months; recovered everything - replaced with WD 3TB). I chose Win7 Ultimate and kept it there until 4 months ago. All boxes here on WIN 10 now. McAfee ain’t what it used to be, so better off I’m sure.Yes it is an XPS 9100 model
I'd purged all of McAfee
Only time will tell, but yeah would love to go to a much faster SSD.
I'd like to hear your story on that @NYMo and is there a program that checks for bad RAM?Had similar problems in the past ....turned out to be faulty ram !
I back up all folders that I add to myself regularly, like "Documents". Everything else is expendable. Actually in all the years that I have been using hard drives (I have around 30 of them right now), I have never had a crash. I'm sure it's coming at some point. I actually believe that every few years you should start anew by reinstalling the operating system.If any of you aren't already cloning your system drive to create a backup, start doing that today!
Grab a portable USB 2TB for $60.
Grab one of the cloning apps. Macrium as mentioned should work. I've been using Carbon Copy Cloner for years but I think it's still Mac only.
Clone your system drive.
Now boot off the clone. There's your identical cloned system booting and looking like it always does.
Now boot back off your primary drive. You're back!
Now you'll have gone through the motions and be prepared when actually swapping in a new drive after a failure. (Or simply an upgrade.)
Having extra copies of your system kicking around that boot is the way to be.
Computers tend to have two use modes: Computer and Paperweight
Backups are a good thing. You hopefully save some your files already. Start saving your OS installs.