Walter is noticing half his hard drive is filled up with games and game storage. He doesn't play all that much, what is going on? Leo says that may be a false positive. He recommends looking into your hard drive details with a program called WinDerStat. It will give you a color coded break down of what your hard drive has on it. Then you can decide if there's anything taking up room that you can get rid of.
Mark bought a new computer for his daughter but the Windows Transfer Wizard transfer app doesn't work. What can he do to get her data to the new computer? Leo says that the Windows transfer utility doesn't work all the time and when it does, it may not get everything. So he just recommends getting an external hard drive or thumb drive, copying the data over and then plugging it in and copying it to the new computer. She won't get the settings or favorites, but she can get her data.
Mark is having trouble getting SpinRite to run on his Windows 8.1 machine. Leo says that SpinRite is a great utility for evaluating the hard drive. But it can't be run from Windows, he'll have to run it from a USB key. If that's not going to work due to the format of the drive (Windows 8 uses GPT) then call Gibson Research tech support. They know a ton about how to get SpinRite working.
Rich got bit by ransomware and wants to know if he'll still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Leo says that if he already had Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, he can. The license key has been linked to the computer itself. He'll be entitled to install it on his computer. Since Windows 10 has been activated, he can then download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and install it. Windows will re-activate it and he'll be ready to go.
Chris was thinking about putting a Fusion Drive into his computer, but they cost $1000 or more! Leo says that's because Apple's Fusion Drive is proprietary, so he'd have to pay the Apple Premium. A Fusion Drive is a merging of a spinning drive and an SSD, but it's not as fast as an SSD. Leo prefers to roll his own. He uses an SSD on his computer to run his apps, and has a spinning drive for file storage.
Ron picked up several 4TB Seagate drives, and he's wondering if he can use the A drive and B drive slots with the hard drives. Leo says that the floppy disc controllers are long gone. And Microsoft still uses drive names for compatibility issues. So no, they won't work.
Chris wants to replace his hard drive with an SSD. Which one should he get? Leo says that SSDs have gotten cheaper and it's a good buy for speeding up a computer.
Matt dropped his laptop. Now he gets a blue screen of death and a 'hard drive damaged' message. How does he get his Windows 10 installation back if he installs a new hard drive? Leo says as long as Windows was authenticated, Windows 10 is tied to the computer. Once Matt installs a new hard drive on his computer, he can download the Microsoft Windows 10 ISO and then activate it. He should create a recovery media on a thumb drive as a safe backup. He should also check his laptop's firmware, as there may be a way to read the serial number if it's an HP.
If you plug in a hard drive and can't get it to work, it may be that the drive isn't formatted properly for that operating system. For instance, if you plug in a drive that had been formatted with a Mac into a PC running Windows, it won't be readable. The same thing will happen with a drive that had been formatted using Linux.