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Ken - I probably have an old SSD laying around so you can try it for speed. If I do, it is yours.

I discovered this morning that my furnace is not working.  Any computer purchase is oh hold until I see how much this will cost to fix.

The feature set/price ratio was good, though, so you're on the right track.  I'm actually tempted to send this deal to my work's IT department, because they're so cheap, they won't even buy i7 machine

On 1/4/2018 at 5:42 PM, n_maher said:


Why clone?  Is there software that you want to transfer but don't have install files for or something?  Otherwise, I think it's always best to start with a fresh install of the OS.

All the instructions I found specified cloning, so I didn't think of a fresh install.  I see the advantage of a fresh install.  The advantage of cloning is that it's simpler than a fresh install, just 1 step instead of 3 or more (back up user files, do install, restore user files) for a fresh install.

Since I have no experience at either of these, I'll explore the fresh install route.  So far I have the SSD initialized and formatted.  Now I can worry about putting the files on it.


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Macrium Reflect has worked well for me in the work situations where cloning was needed.


I prefer to do a clean/fresh install as well, but dread the time and work needed to get everything reinstalled and configured. I've been putting off upgrading my primary 120GB SSD to a 500GB I've already purchased for months now. -_-

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