SSd drives

Can I replace the hard drive in my iMac?

iMac

Episode 1629

Steve from Beaumont, CA

Steve bought a new iMac with a Fusion Drive, but it seems as slow as his 2013 iMac. Leo says it is! It's a common problem with fusion drives. Leo says that you could have an SSD installed to replace that Fusion drive. However, you don't want to try and do it yourself because you would have to lift your screen off with a giant suction cup to get to the hard drive. You can go to MacSales.com for the hard drive you want.

Should I Record to My SSD?

Mac Mini

Episode 1604

Rich from Tuscon, AZ

Rich is an audiobook narrator, and he records huge files on his Mac Mini. Should he record to an external hard drive, rather than the internal drive? Leo says that is just silly.  The SSD has wear levelling that keeps it in a safe condition and the reliability isn't an issue. They also have error correction built in. So it will be just as fine to record to the internal drive than an external drive. Thunderbolt 3 is also just as fast as the internal drive, so either one will work. And professional grade professional software will ensure no errors happen.

Has my hard drive crashed?

Gateway Laptop

Episode 1599

Greg from Apple Valley, CA

Greg has an old Gateway laptop running Windows 7 where it automatically upgraded to Windows 10. Leo says that's a great thing as Windows 7 will go end of life in January, so you're in good shape. But Greg says his screen went blank and is spinning "diagnosing your PC." Leo says it's clearly crashed. The hard drive probably failed, so the choice is to buy a new computer or spend the money to put in a new hard drive. But that computer is pretty old. A new computer will let you do more than that 10-year-old laptop.

How Large of a Hard Drive can I Get for my Computer?

SATA

Episode 1590

Ron from North Carolina

Ron wants to know how large a hard drive he can put in his SATA drive system. Leo says he won't really want a hard drive that's 15TB. As drive sizes go up, the error rate goes up. So in the long run, multiple smaller drives are better. What Leo recommends getting is an SSD drive for the boot drive, and then use a spinning drive for data storage. 

What's better for a budget laptop, storage or speed?

15t Value

Episode 1586

Richard from North Hills CA

Richard is in the market for a low priced laptop for $300-500. Leo says that SSDs are much faster and more reliable, but they are more expensive. Laptops with spinning drives are going to be cheaper and have more space than an SSD drive laptop. But sometimes they don't use an SSD, they use EMMC memory - the same memory on phones, so avoid that. It really comes down to how much data you want to store on it and what your needs are. Leo likes Thinkpads by Lenovo though as they're more though. For budget laptops, HP and Asus are good options as well to look into.

Should I Buy a New Computer or Repair the Old One?

Power Supply

Episode 1584

Sam from Costa Mesa, CA

Sam's computer died and he replaced the power supply, but it didn't do anything. Should he keep trying to repair it? Leo says no. It's likely a motherboard and at that point, you may as well buy a new PC. But all computers have bloatware, stuff that he doesn't want. So he will have to clean them off.  Leo uses PowerShell to delete all the bloatware when he's breaking in a new PC. It also turns off Cortana, and Microsoft tracking. Search for Jess Fraz and her script to clean up Windows 10.

Should I Buy an SSD Drive for my Laptop?

EVO

Episode 1575

Marie from San Tan Valley, Arizona

Marie is planning to swap out her 1TB spinning drive for a 1TB SSD drive. Will that hurt her motherboard? Leo says it won't, but there's no need to get one that large. She can get a smaller SSD drive for just her programs, and then connect the spinning drive via an external enclosure for her data. Leo recommends Samsung's EVO brand. The 860 EVO is a great drive, and at $150 it's a great buy. 

Why are my hard drives constantly failing?

WD Black 1TB

Episode 1565

John from West Palm Beach, CA

John dual boots with Windows 7 and Windows 10 on separate SSDs. Now the SSDs have died. When he replaced them, his power supply died. Did the hard drives do it? Leo says that the power supply may have contributed to the SSDs dying, but not the other way around. After replacing it, his spinning hard drive has died in less than a year. Leo says that large capacity hard drives can die at any time, and the older they get, the more likely they will. They might not fail, though. But after less than a year, it's odd.