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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  



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Posted February 22, 2015 - 02:46 AM

Got the SSD installed, and all I can say is WOW.


It's one of those things you don't appreciate until you use one.


Installed Win 7 from a USB drive in a heart beat or two, and boots up faster than Rosie O'Donnell can scarf down a cheeseburger :D :D :D


Got a basic system installed with all the drivers and other software I want on it, and then cloned to another partition to use for gaming using HyperOS.  The clone that took close to 1 hr. when I had the HDD only took about 10 minutes with the SSD.



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Posted February 22, 2015 - 07:54 AM

It makes a big difference for sure. I'm using a Mac laptop right now with a SSD. It boots up in a few seconds. The SSD also lowers the power consumption for a laptop which is good for battery life.

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Posted February 22, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Glad you are in good shape now..........Whatever this is about, ha! :smilewink:

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 09:25 AM

I have swapped all machines in the house over to SSD.  Windows machines are easy.  Older macs can be a bit more of a challenge but doable.  The drive swap breathed new life into several old laptops.  Glad it went well for you.

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Posted August 13, 2015 - 02:35 PM

Do you guys really know what your talking about?  What is all this SSD  and HHD talk.  Speak English so natives can understand you please.  All this talk about clouds, etc. don't make a nickels worth of sense to me or a lot of others.

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Posted August 14, 2015 - 01:19 AM

We are talking about the 'goodie' in your computer that holds all of your data and the Operating System.


When you turn on your computer, the first thing that it needs to do is get the OS moved from there into it's memory so it can be used.  That's called booting up the system and that's what get's the computer ready to work.


Now, once it's ready and you decide to do something like play Solitaire.  Since the memory is limited, Solitaire isn't in the memory, but still out on the 'goodie'. So the computer has to find Solitaire out on the goodie, and then copy it into the memory so that you can play it.


The two most common 'goodies' are the HDD and SSD. HDD refers to the Hard Disk Drive and the SSD refers to the newer Solid State Drive.


The HDD is basically a round disk(s) coated with magnetic material that spins like a record player, but at much higher speeds.  There is an arm that hovers just above the surface of that disk that can read and write information on that disk.


That disk has a section on it called the index which is kind or like a card catalogue in the library.  When you click on the Solitaire icon, the arm first moves to the index to find out where Solitaire is, then moves again to that location and transfers it to the memory so it's ready to play.


Now, how fast this all occurs is based on the rotation speed of the disk, and how fast the arm can move and where the information is. At worst case, the arm gets there just after Solitaire has passed it, and it has to wait until it comes around again before it can read it and ,move it into memory.  In computer terms, that's pretty slow since information inside the computer basically moves at light speed.


The SSD has no moving parts. All of the information in the SSD can be accessed at pretty close to light speed so that transfer is orders of magnitude faster than using a mechanical device like the HDD.









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Posted August 14, 2015 - 10:29 AM

Like the Military and other trades, computer technology has a language that those in the trade use.  A lot of them are acronyms like the Military, maybe because computer were kind of born from the military is why we use so many of them.


To expand on OB's explanation on what happens when you boot up,  Think about when you are working on your equipment and you have to work on transmission.  You would normally get a manual and then look up how to do what ever it is you need to do and then read about it.  After you have read about the procedure you then have the info in memory and can apply it to fixing the transmission.  It is basically the same with the computer except unlike you it can not retain the information once it is shut down. The operating system, OS maps the computer brain, processor, with instructions on how to function as a computer and when it is asked to do something it know what it needs to do.  Once the OS is loaded then the computer waits for instructions from the operator and as OB said when you click on an Icon it then goes out to the storage device and finds the program you are looking for.


I think it might be a good idea to start a thread for computer terms so those not into computers can understand what is being said in these threads.

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