SSD

Should I buy a laptop with an i7 processor?

Episode 1297

Dave from Whichita Falls, TX

Dave wants to buy a new Dell XPS laptop with an i7 processor. Leo says that he won't really need an i7 processor unless he's doing something graphically intense, like video editing. It would be better to get an i5 and then add an SSD. That will increase the speed of his computer's performance because the hard drive is solid state. He can then get a spinning drive for his data and still come out spending less.

Meanwhile, on another computer, he needs to activate Windows 10 but it hasn't yet. Leo thinks it's because it has an unauthorized copy of Windows 7 on it.

How can I make my laptop lighter?

Episode 1296

Chad from Cedar Rapids, IA

Chad has installed Cloud Ready Chrome on his old laptop to create his own Chromebook. Leo says he's tried to install it on a Mac and it hasn't worked. If he can do it on a PC laptop, then it's a great choice. Leo loves the idea, and for a lot of people, it's far better than Windows.

Chad wants to know how he can make his laptop more lightweight. He's already put in an SSD. Leo says that's a huge start, but a great deal of the weight is in the battery. Given the design of the laptop, there's not much he can do about that either.

Why does my computer keep losing access to my hard drives?

Episode 1285

Bill from Glendora, CA

Bill's hard drives keep disappearing from his computer. After he reboots, it'll say "fixing disk," and will be there for about 10 minutes before it disappears again. His SSD boot drive works fine, though. Leo says there are a lot of things it could be including hardware and cabling. He should go and look to see how its setup in BIOS. It should be something wrong with AHCI or a driver issue. Since he built the computer himself, there's no one he can call for help. Then again, the support from the major companies isn't helpful anyway.

Is hard drive speed more important than processor speed?

Apple iMac

Episode 1268

Henry from Riverside, CA

Henry wants to buy a new Mac and wants to know if it's true that processor speed isn't as important as hard drive speed. Leo says that's true. Processors are really fast now and there's only a dimes worth of difference between them for every day use. It's better to get an i5 and then spend more money on a faster hard drive and better screen. Leo says that a 21" iMac with an SSD is best for speed, but a Fusion Drive would give him more space plus a speed boost.

Why are Apple Fusion Drives so expensive?

Episode 1264

Chris from Miami, FL

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.

How can I transfer my OS to my new SSD?

Episode 1256

Charles from Oxnard, CA

Charles just bought a new SSD and he wants to know how he can transfer Windows 7 to it. Leo says Charles will need to have the license key to do it. Then all he needs to do is install the Windows 7 ISO, which he can download from Microsoft, input the license key, and he'll be good to go. If he can't find the product key, Charles can use Belarc Advisor, which will help him find it.

How can I install a new SSD?

Episode 1250

Jeff from North Carolina

Jeff bought a 1TB SSD and he wants to install it with a fresh install of Windows. Leo says that makes it a lot easier. Jeff can just install the drive and then install WIndows on it. Jeff may have activation issues with it, though. Jeff could also clone the other hard drive by imaging it to the new one. It won't be a clean install, but he can then do a recovery.