Posts Tagged ‘hard-drive’

The Best Way to Clone a Hard Drive (Least Time-Consuming, Least Error-Prone)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

I’m not sure if this is the best way to clone a hard drive, but it does sound practical and workable …

The boot drive of my main PC has been a 128 Gigabyte Crucial m4 Solid State Drive for a long time. While that worked out well up until now, I always had to fight bloat on the drive to prevent it from being filled to the brim and slowing down the computer as a whole in the process.


Windows 7 and SSDs

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Price and memory capacity are the main things that are holding me back from going the SSD route …

Ed Bott has published a very interesting article today about the benefits of running Windows 7 on a solid state hard disk (SSD).  He wanted to test the real-world benefits, if there are any, of upgrading to an SSD on which to install your copy of Windows.


Cloning a Windows Hard Drive

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Here’s a cool trick …

After having had to install Windows, Office and his work software several times due to hardware problems, Andrew Whitehouse wonders if it would be simpler just to clone his laptop’s hard drive


Use HD_Speed Application for Quick Disk Performance Report

Monday, January 17th, 2011

This looks like a useful analytical tool for both tech support professionals and hobbyists …

I am always on the lookout for a good freeware utility. Recently, I came across the HD_Speed utility from SteelBytes. HD_Speed is a standalone (no installation required) tool that does just that; reports on drive speed.


Paragon Migrate OS to SSD (Early Adopter)

Friday, October 8th, 2010

If you’re anxious to check out those new solid state drives, here’s a program that might be helpful …

Solid State Drives are becoming increasingly popular, with prices slowly dropping and capacities increasing. It will take another few years before these new storage devices will replace conventional hard drives on most computer systems.

Still, some early adopters cannot resist the temptation and buy SSDs, despite their price tag and relatively low storage capacities. Sometimes, users buy a SSD for their old system, with the intention to replace the current hard drive the system is installed on.


How to Configure a New Hard Drive in Windows 7

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This article does a nice job of explaining the procedure for setting up a hard drive for use with Windows 7.

A friend of mine just called me the other day, telling me about a problem that he had with his Windows 7 system. He bought a new hard drive and connected it to the PC. The hard drive was detected just fine in the computer’s BIOS, but did not turn up in Windows Explorer after the operating system finished loading.

What he apparently did not know is that it is necessary to configure a drive so that it becomes available in Windows. New hard drives usually do not come with a file system pre-installed, which means that it is up to the user to pick a file system so that the hard disk can be accessed in the operating system.