Going to W10, need advice on laptop.

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  1. bro67's Avatar
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       #11

    Your current laptop will run a 64-bit OS. As for the storage, go at least a minimum of 1TB and for RAM, go no less than 8GB, 12 is preferable with all current Operating Systems.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #12

    I disagree with needing 1 TB of storage. If the user is completely happy with a 256 GB SSD running Windows 7 now, there is no need to expand that to 1 TB just to run Windows 10 instead of Windows 7. Lots of low end computers are running Windows 10 on 32 GB eMMC drives - which is problematic when wanting to do a major version upgrade of Windows 10. 64 GB is plenty for the OS itself and will easily allow all updates. Anything above 64 GB needed depends upon which programs/apps the user wants to run in addition to the OS and how much data the user wants to store.
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  3. Compumind's Avatar
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       #13

    @klxdrt10 -

    I would like to chime in on this. All SSD's are *not* created equal.
    If you are going to get a new laptop, try to build one with the fastest SSD possible.

    Here's an example from Dell -

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    FWIW.
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  4. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #14

    klxdrt10 said:
    What size flash dr will Macrium Reflect need to backp C drive? Or can I BU to large USB DR.



    klxdrt
    It's a good idea to put the Macrium image on a hard drive rather than a flash drive if at all possible.

    Having said that---Macrium backs up on a partition basis. You can back up all partitions in one image file or you could back up each partition in a separate file.

    The image file will be roughly half the size of the occupied space on a partition. That is--if C is 500 gb, with 130 occupied, the image will be somewhere not far from 65 gb, barring an unusual situation. You could drive that number down a bit by using "high compression" rather than the standard "medium", but it rarely makes a big difference.

    I'd try to think in terms of putting the image files on a second internal drive or on an external........not a flash drive.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #15

    klxdrt10 said:
    What size flash dr will Macrium Reflect need to backp C drive? Or can I BU to large USB DR.

    Below are the capacities of my SSD's partitions:
    W7 & program files are on C drive.

    klxdrt
    To back up only your C: drive partition using Macrium Reflect Free, I would suggest at least 80 GB free on an external USB hard drive (or USB SSD). You might be able to get away with a 64GB USB flash drive, but I would not recommend it. I'm with @ignatzatsonic on this one...I don't recommend USB flash drives for the images.

    If you decide to do a clean install of Windows 10 later, show us a screenshot of your disk management first. We can look at your partitions and tell you which partitions you need to delete to do a good clean install.
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  6. Compumind's Avatar
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       #16

    ignatzatsonic said:
    It's a good idea to put the Macrium image on a hard drive rather than a flash drive if at all possible.
    I'd try to think in terms of putting the image files on a second internal drive or on an external........not a flash drive.
    Some good logic here!

    If you have duplicate destinations for the image, the risk is lessened.
    I have images on HDD, SSD and on USB Flash - spread the image (and yes, recovery boot media) around just in case something goes wrong.

    Storage is so cheap that it is a no-brainer.

    FWIW.
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #17

    Your SSD is getting pretty full. I would suggest getting a larger (500GB?) SSD before doing the upgrade and at the same time get a 1TB external USB hard drive to use for backup. Install Macrium and create the Macrium Recovery USB flash drive as NavyLCDR mentioned.

    Make a backup image of the current drive (all partitions) using Macrium Reflect Free then swap out the drives.

    Boot the Macrium rescue flash drive you made when you installed Macrium, and restore the image to the new drive, then use Minitool Partition Wizard to expand the partitions to use the entire drive.

    Do one more Macrium backup of the new drive then your ready to do the upgrade to Windows 10. Remember, the upgrade is still free.

    This may sound like a lot of work but I think it's worth the effort as right now you only have 20GB free on your existing SSD.

    Setup a regular image backup schedule. I Run mine every Friday evening at 8PM, keeping 1 full and 3 differential backup images. Some people take one every night which I think is overkill, some do only full backups. As long as you do it regularly you'll be in good shape if something bad should happen to your system in the future.
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #18

    Ztruker said:
    This may sound like a lot of work but I think it's worth the effort as right now you only have 20GB free on your existing SSD.
    There is an error in the data column. The values only add up to 170.2.
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  9. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #19

    NavyLCDR said:
    There is an error in the data column. The values only add up to 170.2.
    That would leave sufficient space to do the upgrade to 10 then. Still would be good to get the external 1TB USN drive though.
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  10. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #20

    Ztruker said:
    That would leave sufficient space to do the upgrade to 10 then. Still would be good to get the external 1TB USN drive though.
    USN drive? I could definitely go for that! US Navy!
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