The New Drive

The old hard drive.  It now becomes 'draw-ware.'

Does my blog have that new computer smell? I put a new hard drive in this laptop tonight. That goes along with an earlier memory addition. You can make an older computer perform like new and extend its lifetime.

The new drive is an SSD. I bought the cheapest, fastest drive I could — around $40 for 120Gb. It is a KingDian. I’ve never heard of them either. Amazon was our go-between.

In 2016 120Gb seems small. Then I remembered ‘the cloud’. Anything of importance gets shipped off to Google or some other site.

In addition there’s my in-house network infrastructure. Every machine is capable of seeing a common point to transfer files easily. From my desk downstairs there’s nothing I can’t directly retrieve. Taken together there’s over 4Tb of storage available.

All of a sudden a larger drive seemed wasteful.

SSDs are orders of magnitude faster than conventional hard drives. They’re quiet, have no moving parts and use less power. Prices continue to fall.

It took a few minutes to install properly. My fault. In the end anyone can swap drives, even me. It’s really dead simple.

I’d already put Microsoft’s Windows 10 installer on a thumb drive. Even without a serial number it recognized this machine’s hardware. The install was absolutely, positively without incident. It never even asked my time zone. It remembered my customizations. Thank you Microsoft.

This also means Windows 10 is snoopy. You think my customizations were all that was noted? Yet another invasion of my privacy. Until laws are passed I grit my teeth, put my fingers in my ears and hum.

This machine is where I create forecast pages and do other minor Photoshop work. It is my general purpose computer in the studio. Making it faster makes me faster.

It’s good to be the boss. I only have to convince myself it’s worthwhile.

One Response to “The New Drive”

  1. NancyB says:

    I’m waiting for my computer guy to update my work computer’s memory and hard drive. What was good for 2011 isn’t anymore – or maybe I’m just impatient!
    I’m sticking to Windows 7 though. Or should I upgrade to 10? Other 2 office computers have 8!

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