Posted by david on 07 January 2018 at 3:15 am

The fan on my aging laptop is dying, so I ordered a new fan and decided to do some upgrades. I've installed SSDs for several people, including my wife's laptop, but I was running an OEM HDD, mainly because the thing just won't die. Well, one of the upgrades is SSD. It's amazing how much faster it is. I'm also doubling my RAM (to 16gb), but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm kind of questioning the need for it now, but I have ran at 80% usage before, somehow. Maybe the upgrades will breathe some new life into some otherwise aging hardware. I should have switched to an SSD a long time ago. I used to always switch out OEM RAM, but when I bought the laptop it was the fastest computer I'd ever owned.

This is the first time in almost a decade I haven't had dual boot with Windows and Linux. I rarely boot to Windows, but I like to have it if I need it. I may just run a virtual machine with Win10 if I need it now.

I bought an external enclosure for my old HDD, mostly intended for backups. No use wasting a drive. If you haven't made the jump to SSD, it's definitely worth it.


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07 Jan 18


Of course, the downside of all of this is a break in Clay dev. I should be back to full speed tomorrow though

3:16 am