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    Home Forums AskWoody support PC hardware Questions – Maintenance and backups Example of Pre-emptive Maintenance, Not a Question

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      • #2296017 Reply
        bbearren
        AskWoody MVP

        My Dell Latitude E5420 had a ~7 year-old Toshiba 256GB SSD that was still working fine, but was quite a bit slower than modern SSD’s. I decided to replace it with a Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD to improve performance and ordered one.

        It arrived last Thursday, and since the September updates had already been installed, I used Image For Windows to create a new total drive image to be stored on my NAS. While that was going on, I docked the new SSD in my NAS and did a full (my preference) NTFS format. Since that also places a MSR partition on the drive, I then used DISKPART to clean the drive, then ran the Convert GPT command.

        After the drive image was complete, I restored it to the new drive in the dock, using the options “Scale to Fit” and “Align to Target”, since I was restoring a drive image of a 256GB drive to a 250GB drive. Once the restore was complete, I removed the new drive, opened my E5420 and swapped out the drives.

        After putting the laptop back together, I powered it on and booted up. Windows booted normally, noticeably quicker, and when I checked Properties, Windows remained Activated. Next I installed Samsung Magician 6.1, and everything is good to go with improved performance for my nine year-old laptop.

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
        "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
        "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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        WSRolandJS
        AskWoody Plus

        I found out the hard way that keeping all USB ports on both laptop and cooling assembly clean helps keep them in great working order.  Apparently, probably, there presently exists hardware and software causes concerning the usb ports.   Each laptop and its cooling assembly are taking their turns in a local business computer place getting cleaned and thoroughly checked.

        “Dirty” [and malfunctioning] USB ports caused problems with backup/restore operations.  No external USB platter-driven HDD nor any USB flash drive was picked by normal or safe mode Windows 7.

        Booting a Macrium Reflect DVD or an Image For Windows DVD did the job, the external usb hard-drives and flash drives were picked up — backups made.

        If anyone has any ideas as to the possible software, normal & safe mode Windows 7, causes for the above-mentioned problems — let’s start a new thread in this forum, thanks!

        "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin, revisted

      • #2296743 Reply
        WSRolandJS
        AskWoody Plus

        I must be going computer blind, where is the New Thread button?

        "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin, revisted

        • #2296756 Reply
          bbearren
          AskWoody MVP

          I must be going computer blind, where is the New Thread button?

          You can’t create a new thread within a thread.  To start a new thread, you need to go “up” one level to the Forum header, in this case, “Questions – Maintenance and backups”.  Click on that to get up to the main forum category.

          At the bottom of that Forum category, you’ll see “Create New Topic in “Questions – Maintenance and backups” with the appropriate textboxes for title and content.

          Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
          "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
          "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      • #2296754 Reply
        access-mdb
        AskWoody MVP

        It’s at the bottom of the forum page, just like a new post is at the bottom of the thread.

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