SSd drives

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1520

Bob from Clearwater, OK

Bob is considering a Chromebook. But should he get a new regular laptop? And should he get it with an SSD drive? What's EEMC? Leo says that both SSD and EEMC are generic terms for flash memory drives. EMMC means embedded media controller. You won't worry about that with a Chromebook. They all have SSD drives. EMMC is just a bit slower, so avoid it if you can. Get a nice Chromebook. It's inexpensive and you'll be very happy. Just focus on RAM. If you can get 8GB of RAM, that'll make more difference. ASUS makes a great one.

Is my SSD drive failing?

Episode 1519

Mike from Dana Point, CA

Mike upgraded his computer with an SSD hard drive and after two years, he's getting a drive failure error. SuperDuper said that his hard drive was failing, and won't run. But Crucial, the drive manufacturer says that it isn't and could charge him $500 should they look at it and there's nothing wrong. Leo says it could be a false positive on the part of Super Duper. SuperDuper's SMART technology feature is designed to predict when your drive is going to fail. Problem is, it's not all that smart.

How can I recover my crashed hard drive?

Episode 1517

Skyler from Cooper City, FL

Skyler's laptop drive crashed during the saving of a large file. Now the drive can't be seen by the computer. He tried seeing it in SpinRite and it doesn't see it either. Leo says that laptop had a so-called "fusion drive" which was half hard drive, half SSD drive. The technology was designed in a time when SSD drives were too expensive, and it really wasn't that great performance wise. It could be the spinning drive died, or the SSD drive died. Try rebooting into your BIOS and see if the BIOS sees it. If it does, then it could be a software issue.

How can I make my SSD faster and more secure?

Intel SSD

Episode 1470

Jake from Dallas, TX

Jake swapped out his smaller SSD with a larger one on his computer. Leo says that Jake could just keep that drive as his software only drive and then use the larger drive for data. He could even combine multiple drives into a RAID for redundancy. He should keep in mind that using RAID 0 may be fast, but it's also less reliable because if one drive fails, it all fails. RAID 1 would give him data security by making multiple copies of the same data. RAID 5 is what is common now, and that offers the best of both worlds.

Should I buy an iMac with Retina 5K Display?

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

Episode 1190

Michael from Santa Monica, CA

Michael's iMac needs to be replaced and he was about to buy a refurbished Mac when he heard the price of the 5K iMac was dropped. Leo says that not everything Apple does gets a huge announcement. The 5K iMac is gorgeous, but he shouldn't consider the hard drive upgradable. Only the RAM can be boosted in that model. An iMac with 8GB of RAM is pretty good, and a 1TB fully spinning drive is good. Or he can go with a 256GB SSD and use an external hard drive for data. An SSD is the single best upgrade for most computers. It really does speed them up.

Why does my Lenovo ThinkPad run so slow?

Episode 1189

Matthew from Austria

Matthew has a Lenovo T410 Thinkpad for college. Leo says it's really good and has a great keyboard, but Matthew found Superfish on it! Leo says that's horrible and part of the reason why he doesn't recommend Lenovo anymore. Matthew cleaned it off, but it runs slower than he'd like. Leo says that one option is to replace the spinning drive with an SSD. But it depends on how the bus is connected to determine if the laptop can take advantage of the speed that an SSD buys him. He'll get some benefits, but the question is, how much?