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Desktop PC I am using for six years

The PC I am using right now is more than six years.  I checked my blog and found the post of flash the bios in Feb 2013. I did a search in my Gmail. Wow, I found the receipt which I made the order on NCIX. NCIX has closed for years already.

There are three items. All are running on my desktop now.

  • Kingston Hyper X  KHX 1600C9D3K2/8GB  (RAM)
  • Western Digitial Caviar Blue 1TB (HDD)
  • AMD A8-3870K Black APU Quad Core Processor and MSI A55M-P33 mATX FM! Motherboard (MoBo CPU bundle)

Later I bought a Crucial SDD for Windows system.

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DELL XPS 15 (L502X) Change HDD to SSD

I have a five years old DELL XPS 15, L502X model.  I have an SSD, Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5-inch SSD. I have a 2.5-inch HDD SSD External Enclosure.

Now it is time to change HDD to SSD. I want to keep the system, data, everything on the HDD.

The original HDD on XPS 15 is Hard Drive 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive.

The very first step is to clean my laptop.

Remove some useless programs and movies. Move one of the users’ data to NAS. Delete this user. Just keep one user, which is my daughter.  The purpose of this step is to reduce the data to less than 240GB.

The second step. Install SSD into Nexstar External Enclosure.

ssd-in-enclosure

The third step. Clone the HDD to SSD.

I connect the enclosure to my laptop through USB cable. Install the cloning software, or migration software, which is shipping with SSD.

Acronis TrueImage.

When the cloning process finished, turn off the laptop. disconnect all cable and power.

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NexStar CX Super Speed 2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

I need an external enclosure for my 2.5-inch SSD or HDD. Here I bought it from A-Power computer store. I paid about $31.

Model number  NST-200S3-BK

There are so many different models on market. It is hard to find which one is the best. I just pick up it based on the following features.

  • Aluminum casing. Cools down hard driver fast.
  • Support 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and SSD
  • Maximum transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0
  • Maximum transfer rates up to 480 Mbps with USB 2.0
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1
  • Hi-quality shielded USB 3.0 cable ensures data integrity and speed
  • Attractive blue LED indicates Power and HDD activity

nexstar-box

Open the box, there are USB 3.0 cable, quick installation guide, installation screws, and an enclosure itself.

nexstar-parts

Take a closer look at the enclosure:

nexstar-body

It is a good product. I touch it and can feel the quality.

New 1TB WD10EZEX Hard Disk

To replace my broken hard drive, I did a lot of research. From Seagate to Western Digital, from 1TB to 3TB, from WD blue to WD green.

At the last, I choose WD10EZEX again. Off course, price, stock, how fast to get it are also very important. I bought the new 1TB WD10EZEX at Ncix.com. It is $67.99 plus tax, total $76.15. It is a OEM product. Simply plastic bag pack, no box. I made the order before noon. I picked up it afternoon at Ncix Burnaby store.

new-wd10ezex

Compare it with my old hard disk. It is made in Thailand. The date of made is 2015 July 19. Let me use software to check it.

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SSD drive

I am shopping around for an netbook or light notebook. The main job is to read ebook, internet browse, blog writing.
The very interesting thing is I found some netbook has an option of drive, 8G SSD drive or 160G HDD drive, with almost same price.
What is SSD drive?
Based on Wikipedia article,

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data. A SSD emulates a hard disk drive interface, thus easily replacing it in most applications. An SSD using SRAM or DRAM (instead of flash memory) is often called a RAM-drive.

I think SSD has no mechanical parts. So it should be very fast.
There are some Youtube clips support my point of view.

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