I bought this new notebook for my wife. I ordered it online for what I thought was a great price. When ordering it, I requested that I would be willing to purchase the Dell OS restore CD (an optional extra) for it. I sent in my purchase on the website, everything was ordered and then I waited for this to be delivered. On the day it was delivered, I checked the contents of the package and lo and behold, the CD I ordered was not there. So I called up their support hotline, and was transferred to Dell Malaysia. That is when the nightmare started. I was shunted from department to department to department, waiting up to an hour on the phone. When I reached the final department, I was kept on hold and then unceremoniously cut off. So I sent a complaint email to the relevant department and after that, I started getting results. Someone actually called me back and I got someone promising me that they would send the OS recovery USB drive to my house. I said that I would pay for it because that is what I requested for in the first place but they said that they would waive off this charge as a gesture of goodwill.
Other than that, I love this laptop. I paid a good price for it and I was very happy for what I paid for. My wife is going to have this notebook installed with a new SSD drive and Windows 7. Let us see how that works out.
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Well, here is the skinny. To install Windows 7, you have to change the boot from UEFI Secure Boot on to Legacy Secure Boot Off. After that, and after what took a long while, Windows 7 was able to boot from the Dell Windows 7 DVD. Notice I said DVD. That is because these idiots that made this computer have USB ports that seem to be having issues with USB drives. The issue becomes apparent when you boot up the the damn thing. Nothing can be used. Even the USB. So Dell lied to me…again…saying that Windows 7 can be used. Looks like I have to break out my Ubuntu Live DVD and try it that way.
About a week back, well slightly less than that in fact, I decided to change the hard drive on my Dell Inspiron laptop. This Dell Inspiron is getting old. It has been with me for a number of years and it has served its purpose very well. But the hard drive, which was a 320Gb Western Digital Blue, was starting to get slow. So I told myself…it is time I reloaded the operating system on this laptop as it has been about 4 years since it was re-loaded.
The first thing I did was to go to Sim Lim Tower to check out the prices of SSD drives. The results were not encouraging. The prices of SSD hard drives had ballooned. Remember I wrote a post about getting a SanDisk Plus SSD some time back? Well, that very same 240Gb hard drive that I bought for a steal for less than $100 now cost more than $100! And forget about the next step up, the SanDisk 480Gb drive that I saw was on sale for $179 some time back. It had now ballooned in price to $220! I really do not know what is causing the price to suddenly balloon. I suppose it could be something to do with demand out-stripping supply.
Anyhow, what I did was to get back home and then I remembered. Ever since I bought my MacBook Pro, my old Lenovo ThinkPad was not being used much. The reason it was not being used anymore is because the BIOS battery is shot and getting a replacement was not really something I wanted to get. So I told myself to use the old SSD hard drive that was in that Lenovo and load it into my old Dell.
Taking the Dell Inspiron apart was not that difficult, thanks in no small part to the various how-to videos on YouTube. After I switched the hard drives, I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on it. That version of Windows came with my Dell laptop. After I installed the operating system, I installed the various drivers for it. I started to notice that the SSD was really causing my notebook to start and shutdown much, much quicker.
I must add that when I opened the casing, I decided to also change the BIOS battery with a new CR2032 lithium battery. That is when I faced an issue. The battery when it was removed from its receptacle, two tiny taps holding it in were broken. So what I did was to wedge in some bits of plastic and it worked a treat. Bloody Dell. I really hate booby traps like these!
So now this 5-year-old laptop has a new heart, a new 250Gb hard drive. I am very happy with it and my Dell Inspiron is more zippy now. It feels like I have been given a new laptop!
Some time back, I wrote about an Intel 80Gb SSD drive that I got from my client. Now that SSD hard drive has started to fill up in an alarming manner. 80Gb just don’t cut it anymore. I had to live without my MP3s, my movies and I had to be very careful that I did not max it out with applications and programs. That is when I decided to bite the bullet, cough up $92 dollars and the result? This Sandisk SSD Plus SSD drive
U saw the review on Amazon. Pretty good I must say. But I was drawn into the price of this drive and the 240Gb capacity of it. It was practically a no-brainer and loading the drive was pretty fast with Windows 7. It has a read speed of up to 535 MB/s, a write speed of up to 445 MB/s and it has a SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s) interface. It fit in my trusty 5-year-old HP EliteBook notebook with ease and does that notebook fly!
I downloaded some software for it too…the SanDisk SSD Dashboard. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard helps users maintain peak performance of the SanDisk SSD in Windows operating systems with a user-friendly graphical interface. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard includes tools for analysis of the disk (including the disk model, capacity, firmware version, and S.M.A.R.T. attributes) and firmware updates. So in a fact, it is very useful. I have not downloaded the .Net Framework that requires to run it but once I do, I think I will be ready to go
So if you need a good, inexpensive SSD drive, get this. There are faster ones out there but from what I have, this is the least expensive
I get asked sometimes how to upgrade the SSD drive in a variety of MacBook Pro models and I came across this video. Always use OWC drives when replacing the SSDs. So far, OWC SSDs are the ones which are compatible with Apple Macs. This is a good video on how to do the relative easy upgrade.
I have been looking at this SSD drive from SanDisk. Apparently this is an SSD that automatically encrypts in the background to increase performance while enhancing security. SanDisk has touted that this is an SSD that is ideal for corporate PCs and notebooks and features industry-standard security support and a Device Sleep (DEVSLP) low-power mode. Available in sizes from 64Gb to 1Tb, it looks pretty good.
I wonder how much it is going to cost. It looks pretty interesting…
About a few months ago, a client of mine needed an SSD hard drive replaced in his VC system. That SSD hard drive was not very big…only about 80Gb in size. After I had replaced the hard drive, I asked him what he wanted to do with it. He said that he had no further use of it. So I took it home and promptly replaced the hard drive that my workplace had given me with this one. I reformatted my hard drive and all I can say is…WOAH!
This SSD hard drive is not new by any standards. It came out in 2012, a good 4 years ago. SSDs have improved since then, in technology and pricing. But the speed boost that it gave to my 5-year-old work laptop was just fantastic. It just zips along and is totally fantastic. I plan to get a bigger one soon but so far, I have used up about 70% of this hard drive. Or maybe I will just hope that I have another SSD hard drive that my client needs replacing!
I currently have a Samsung 256Gb SSD in my old Lenovo ThinkPad x61 notebook. That notebook is old and the SSD drive just makes it go fast as anything and frankly, I am very, very pleased with it. I am thinking of getting a 512Gb SSD for my laptop computer because the hard drive is 3 years old and it should be starting to show signs of wear and tear. The only thing that is stopping me from buying this SSD is the price…it is still kinda expensive. I am waiting for Amazon Global to cut the price some more and whoosh…I will order it online and have it sent over. You can get these drives here in Singapore but honestly, you get better savings from Amazon Global. Trust me, if you can, go the SSD route. You will not be disappointed. Look at my 256Gb SSD in my old Lenovo…the thing just flies and there is heaps of space. So yeah…decisions to be made on this soon.