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Apr 21, 2017 07:46 |  #16

It's easy to upgrade to a larger ssd:
http://www.laptopmag.c​om …s/upgrade-dell-xps-13-ssd (external link)

In some laptops with optical drives you can even replace the dvd/blu ray drives with ssds/hdds


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Apr 21, 2017 10:11 |  #17

FuturamaJSP wrote in post #18333764 (external link)
It's easy to upgrade to a larger ssd:
http://www.laptopmag.c​om …s/upgrade-dell-xps-13-ssd (external link)

That is useful to know in case I find my SSD is becoming too small. I've looked at the link and the instructions appear to be complete and well written. I wouldn't call them "easy" by any means :grin:, and you do want everything to go exactly right, but it is an alternative when needed. (Hopefully my current SSD will serve for a couple more years at least, and at that point a better alternative would be to just buy a new laptop.)


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Apr 22, 2017 04:02 |  #18

Archibald wrote in post #18333877 (external link)
That is useful to know in case I find my SSD is becoming too small. I've looked at the link and the instructions appear to be complete and well written. I wouldn't call them "easy" by any means :grin:, and you do want everything to go exactly right, but it is an alternative when needed. (Hopefully my current SSD will serve for a couple more years at least, and at that point a better alternative would be to just buy a new laptop.)

I guess it's way more difficult than doing this:

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Seriously though I have added a second SSD to a sub 500 dollar laptop by replacing the optical drive with a HDD caddy that I ordered from this site

https://hddcaddy.eu/ (external link)

you can probably find cheaper ones online

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Apr 22, 2017 10:22 |  #19

FuturamaJSP wrote in post #18334547 (external link)
I guess it's way more difficult than doing this:

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Seriously though I have added a second SSD to a sub 500 dollar laptop by replacing the optical drive with a HDD caddy that I ordered from this site

https://hddcaddy.eu/ (external link)

you can probably find cheaper ones online

About a year ago I changed the booting hard drive on a desktop to an SSD. It was EASY, as they say, you know, backing up, mirroring the system, opening up the box, wondering if the cables will be long enough, and so on. It wasn't until a few months later that I discovered it was not quite right because a Win10 update was unsuccessful. I would have just left it, but Windows stupidly kept doing the big download and trying the update, in vain. The problem was that the SSD partitioning wasn't quite right. Yes, Win10 knew the partitions weren't to its liking, but was unable to fix them. So finally I had to do a clean reinstall of Windows, letting Windows repartition the SSD to its liking.

Moral of the story is that you just never know what problems you will run into. :-x


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Apr 22, 2017 13:36 |  #20

Archibald wrote in post #18334729 (external link)
About a year ago I changed the booting hard drive on a desktop to an SSD. It was EASY, as they say, you know, backing up, mirroring the system, opening up the box, wondering if the cables will be long enough, and so on. It wasn't until a few months later that I discovered it was not quite right because a Win10 update was unsuccessful. I would have just left it, but Windows stupidly kept doing the big download and trying the update, in vain. The problem was that the SSD partitioning wasn't quite right. Yes, Win10 knew the partitions weren't to its liking, but was unable to fix them. So finally I had to do a clean reinstall of Windows, letting Windows repartition the SSD to its liking.

Moral of the story is that you just never know what problems you will run into. :-x

When you clone a win 10 drive to a new drive, you have to go through some steps to "activate" the win 10 on the new hardware. The steps to follow are at http://www.windowscent​ral.com …-10-after-hardware-change (external link).

Partitioning really should not have been an issue ifyou used one of the free migrations tools on the web or provided by the SSD manufacturer. I typically use Samsung drives and everything is cloned beautifully.




  
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Apr 22, 2017 13:52 |  #21

John from PA wrote in post #18334929 (external link)
When you clone a win 10 drive to a new drive, you have to go through some steps to "activate" the win 10 on the new hardware. The steps to follow are at http://www.windowscent​ral.com …-10-after-hardware-change (external link).

Partitioning really should not have been an issue ifyou used one of the free migrations tools on the eeb or provided by the SSD manufacturer. I typically use Samsung drives and everything is cloned beautifully.

Thanks for the advice. I followed the instructions that came with the SSD precisely. The procedure was successful, but as I mentioned, turned out to be incompatible with the Win10 update that came months later.

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Apr 22, 2017 14:35 |  #22

Archibald wrote in post #18334952 (external link)
Thanks for the advice. I followed the instructions that came with the SSD precisely. The procedure was successful, but as I mentioned, turned out to be incompatible with the Win10 update that came months later.

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My bad..."web" misspelled. :)




  
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Apr 23, 2017 07:32 |  #23

I also have a ssd only HP that I really like. I too use the internal SD card for storage of files. I have a lexar card that has served me well, speed has not been an issue. I also take advantage of cloud storage and external USB 3.0 drives. For a college student, it seems like cloud storage would be the safest option. Laptops often tend to get lost, stolen, or broken by kids.




  
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Apr 24, 2017 08:38 |  #24

Archibald wrote in post #18334729 (external link)
About a year ago I changed the booting hard drive on a desktop to an SSD. It was EASY, as they say, you know, backing up, mirroring the system, opening up the box, wondering if the cables will be long enough, and so on. It wasn't until a few months later that I discovered it was not quite right because a Win10 update was unsuccessful. I would have just left it, but Windows stupidly kept doing the big download and trying the update, in vain. The problem was that the SSD partitioning wasn't quite right. Yes, Win10 knew the partitions weren't to its liking, but was unable to fix them. So finally I had to do a clean reinstall of Windows, letting Windows repartition the SSD to its liking.

Moral of the story is that you just never know what problems you will run into. :-x

yes of course. A clean install is always recommended when changing/upgrading system drive. It may take a bit longer than just mirror the whole thing but still worth it in my opinion. I mean spending an hour or two reinstalling all the software is still cheaper than buying a whole new computer.


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Apr 28, 2017 14:40 |  #25

With respect to a laptop with a SSD, would a SD card or thumb drive be better for storing files(photos). By better, I am referring to speed and reliability.


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