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Old 11-17-2019, 12:26 PM
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After more research and testing, looks as though it's the mother board gone bad. So I guess I'm going to find another tower and get a dock and download my hard drive to the new tower. May get one of those deals and turn the old hard drive into a external drive.

Found some refurbished off lease towers on eBay pretty cheap, may just go that route for now. This spare computer is one like that I bought a few years back, it does pretty good for surfing.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:39 PM
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Most computers have space for 2 hard drives so you wouldn't need to transfer your old one to the new one & take up space!

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Old 11-17-2019, 09:41 PM
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Been doing some research on that too Tripper. I think I could just set up the old drive as a new drive letter, and be able to use it for storage. I used to be up on this stuff, but itís been years since I fooled with the internals of one. The Dell lasted 7 years, pretty good since it was rarely shut down. Looking at some on da bay right now, trying to decide which I like best.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:18 AM
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To prolong the life of the new one and keep it as speedy as possible, it's best to shut it down when it's not in use. My new laptop with a solid state hard drive is ready to use 10 seconds after startup, if it's an issue of not wanting to wait for startup a solid state primary hard drive is the way to go.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:04 PM
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To prolong the life of the new one and keep it as speedy as possible, it's best to shut it down when it's not in use. My new laptop with a solid state hard drive is ready to use 10 seconds after startup, if it's an issue of not wanting to wait for startup a solid state primary hard drive is the way to go.
and the new type of SSD is said to be 5 - 7 times faster than the SATA type SSD. (It's called NVMe, pronounced "Envy Me" for the valid reason that it is much more expensive.) It DOES also require a mother board that has the M.2 connector on board. (That is, it mounts directly on the mother board, not via a cable connection.)

Oh, if you need to clone from an HDD to an SSD, the free program CloneZilla has come through every time for me.

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Old 11-18-2019, 01:13 PM
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At our real estate company I had 40+ machines! Never bought a new one... *always* refurbished... always!

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I ended up buying a used Dell off of eBay, a refurbished business model. Win 10 Pro, no extra junk on it, so far works great. Bought a case and turned the other hard drive into an external drive, still have access to all my pics and docs that way, plus I can use it as backup storage.
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