SSD

How long will my old Mac laptop last?

macOS High Sierra

Episode 1558

Rich from West Palm Beach, CA

Rich is a long time Mac user, and he's been using Quicken 2007. He's recently been having issues using it with macOS High Sierra. Leo says that having a dedicated Quicken machine running Sierra would be a good way to take care of his data through Quicken, and using an SSD will make it last a good, long while. The real deal is the battery of his older laptop. It'll eventually need to be replaced. But Rich should be able to get another 10 years out of it.

How can I install an SSD drive into my old laptop?

Samsung 950 EVO SSD

Episode 1552

Deke from Chicago, IL

Deke is trying to breathe life into his older computer and wants to install a M.2 SSD drive into it. Leo says that's more expensive, and if he's using SATA III, he's better off with a Samsung 950 EVO SSD. An M.2 drive is only going to be as fast as his bus. So if he doesn't have a faster bus, then save some money and get an EVO SSD drive.

How can I transfer my hard drive data to an new drive?

Hard drives

Episode 1542

Jim from Calabasas, CA

Jim is getting a new hard drive to replace his old one. How can he transfer everything over? Leo says that his hard drive will come with an app that will enable him to make a bit-for-bit, sector-by-sector copy from the old drive to the new drive. But Leo also recommends getting an SSD for his OS and programs, and then use a standard spinning hard drive for his data.

How can I clone my hard drive to an SSD?

Seagate SSD

Episode 1521

Stuart from Southern California

Stuart is a long time user of Norton Ghost. He just put a solid state drive into his laptop, and needs to crate a bootable version. Leo says that it's usually better to use the utility that comes with his SSD. It makes a bit for bit copy of his old hard drive. Western Digital and Seagate both make them and he can probably download them from their websites without having to buy another drive.

How can I make my Surface Studio run faster?

Microsoft Surface Studio

Episode 1512

G. Scott from Finland, MN

G Scott bought the Microsoft Surface Studio computer when it came out and got it with an i7. But it's sluggish when running Excel and other apps. Leo has a hunch that the hybrid hard drive is causing the slow down. Intel created the Fusion drive and it's never really paid off in performance. Leo had the drive replaced with an M.2 MVE connected SSD drive. Know How has a video on how to do it here.

Why can't I reinstall Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1497

Marshall from Des Moines, IA

Marshall has a friend who needs to reinstall Windows 10. Leo says to download the Microsoft Media Installer and install it on a thumb drive. That will then enable him to install the OS from USB. Marshall says he's having trouble because it can't see his hard drive. Leo says that it sounds like it's a hybrid drive and Marshall may need to update his drivers in order to install. Leo says that Intel's 32GB SSDs were hybrid drives paired with a spinning hard drive. It's not a good solution at all. The OS is going to see two drives instead of one and when he goes to install, it may have issues.

How can I speed up my iMac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1497

Jody from Los Angeles, CA

Jody has an old iMac with a 2.66GHz dual core processor. Leo says that's still a useful computer, even with its age. Jody says Lightroom stalls on it. Leo says that's more the fault of Lightroom. But a new iMac would also give him a larger screen and far more accurate color depiction. A new iMac will still have its hands full with Lightroom because its just a pig with memory resources. It's poorly written for today's modern platforms. Here's what to try before Jody buys a new iMac: Install a Solid State Drive (SSD). That will speed up the performance dramatically.

Why doesn't my laptop boot up?

GRC SpinRite

Episode 1496

Greg from New Brunswick, Canada

Greg's laptop is caught in a reboot loop. What can he do? Leo suspects that Greg's hard drive is failing, causing the laptop to stall during boot up. Leo says he can use SpinRite by GRC to move the data off bad sectors and mark them to avoid in the future. But the software is expensive and hard drives are cheap. If he needs to get his data, though, it's worth trying. Leo recommends that Greg buy a new drive, and he should get an SSD while he's at it.

Should I reformat my hard drive to speed it up?

Apple iMacs

Episode 1493

Dana from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Dana wants to know if he should reformat his iMac hard drive to make it run faster. Leo says often that's the best thing to do. Since Dave has a bootable image from Super Duper, he can do it and be back up in minutes. He should just boot from the image, then copy the image to his hard drive and he'll be back up. Sometimes it just takes a little spring cleaning. Better yet — he can get an SSD and use the hard drive as his data drive. His computer will be a lot faster with that.