Upgrading to New Laptop

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  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Upgrading to New Laptop


    I cracked my display so will be upgrading to a new laptop, I know I've seen it before but I'm looking for the tutorial for moving all my stuff over to my new laptop to include desktop, outlook PST, firefox bookmarks and most settings if possible. I would like to do this with as minimal setup as possible.

    Also, any recommendations on a new laptop with SSD (at least 1tb if possible), 8 gb ram and maybe a i7 processor? Touch screen and small, maybe 14" display would be nice also. I don't do any gaming, mostly web surfing and writing in word.

    PS... I use office 2010, anyway to move my license to the new computer? I'm not looking to pay by the month for Office.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    If you currently use a Win 10 build and the new laptop has Win 10 installed, you could clone your current disk and simply restore that to the new laptop. I would advise creating a disk image of your new laptop before doing that, just in case.

    Yes, the hardware is different, but some here report good results in doing that.

    If you prefer, there are tools to support bare metal restore e.g. Macrium Redeploy, which helps deal with driver issues.

    You do need to consider activation of Windows having done that. Are both licenses the same - both Home or both Pro? And are both 64 bit installations?

    Further, if you are moving from HDD to SSD, for example, that's another factor. It would help if you can compare the two in a simple list of just the salient points- don't just quote laptop types please.

    (As to screen resolution vs size vs weight vs 'can you get the rear cover off easily' vs battery life, there are many options, and it depends on your price range and objectives. You might wish to consider a laptop that can take an SSD and a HDD, or second disk, for example. I bought this Thinkpad t440s with a mid res 14" screen, SSD and 8Gb RAM with Win 10 Pro 2nd hand for £200 - it has a huge battery and an internal one as well - and without the battery, light for travelling abroad as a 2nd machine, with i5 processor. My other was quite a lot more new, with no Win 10 license).
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Let me do it this way, I currently have a Sony SVE14135cxb Sony VAIO E Series SVE14135CXB - 14" - Core i5 3230M - 6 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - QWERTY Overview - CNET that I am pretty much happy with as far as performance with the things I do. So I'm not looking to spend a lot, just replace my cracked screen.

    I was thinking about a Dell Latitude E7450 which seems to be old hardware but should work for me. I found one for $429.99 which looks like a good price for that machine.

    Cloning my drive may not be an option since I once had my laptop dual booting with Win10 and Debian. I also have all my personal files on a separate partition. I did that so the files could be accessed from either OS.

    I would like to get a SSD with my personal stuff on a 1TB, but doesn't look like I can make that happen with minimal setup. I may do better to just setup the new machine then copy everything over. I was also hoping to get touch screen and perhaps a 2-in-1 to help when I'm doing presentations.

    I need to be under $500...
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       1 Week Ago #4

    Hi there

    @Soapm

    things like HP are decent these days -- if you travel weight and size is important believe me so a 14 in screen should be more than enough -- ensure it also has a decent HDMI out so you can plug into large external monitor with decent resolution. The display should be at least full 1080p HD - and even these days you can get 4K UHD resolution.

    pretty well all laptops are 8GB RAM minimum these days -- for Windows a 512GB SSD will also be more than enough for Windows and plenty of storage space, Get a couple of external passport size self powered USB3 drives -- even the 3TB ones aren't hideously expensive any more. Unless you are an inveterate gamer an i7 processor is likely to be mega overkill -- a much cheaper i5 will do very nicely too.

    Note - if your Bank account runs to it - these are utterly brilliant and will give pleasant use for years.

    https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/O...envy-notebooks

    (Now where did I put those EuroMillion Lottery tickets !!!!!!).

    Don't forget also that there are people who can replace cracked laptop screens too so that could be a much cheaper solution to anything else. Just google a bit -- what these people tend to do is salvage parts from discarded / junked computers - perfectly valid way of getting cheap repairs.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Wow, I just noticed I was confused in my thinking, I thought these new laptops came with both SSD and a regular HDD. I was thinking the 256gb drive came with additional storage, now I'm seeing that's all the storage you get.

    thanks for the advice.
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    It depends on the laptop. Mine has a SSD, a HDD, and a DVD-RW drive- which could have been a 3rd drive.

    You probably know you can buy screens- e.g. (I've not looked for your exact model)
    Amazon.co.uk: sony vaio pcg-71911m screen
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  7. Infrasonic's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #7

    Soapm said: View Post
    Wow, I just noticed I was confused in my thinking, I thought these new laptops came with both SSD and a regular HDD. I was thinking the 256gb drive came with additional storage, now I'm seeing that's all the storage you get.

    thanks for the advice.
    Plenty out there with that dual SSD(M.2) and HDD configuration. That's what I'd go for as that way you could partition the HDD to have a cloned W10 OS for multiboot redundancy and a separate data partition.

    Keep the SSD as OS only or again partition it OS/Data if possible. If you want to keep it dual boot on the SSD with W10/ Debian that shouldn't be an issue with secure boot off. If you cloned the machine A disc then you might have to reinstall Debian (from a backup?) if it didn't survive the clone, never tried that variation, although I do run Linux Mint on a live USB drive (non persistent though...) and as a VM (snapshotted) with multi boot W10.
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  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    I found an open box, Dell Inspiron 13 5379 Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 Setup and Specifications the guy gave me for $550.00.

    I'm not completely happy, I can live without a DVD drive but it also doesn't have a LAN port which I use for moving video's around at the house etc... Moving video's over wireless is painfully slow...

    I also bought an open box 1TB SSD for $100 (v-NAND SSD 860 EVO). How can I clone the original SSD Drive onto the new one so I can keep the original factory fresh and just use the 1TB drive. I would like to have two partitions, 256gb for the os them the rest partitioned off for storage.

    I have a headless Debian video server, can I find a way to keep them both to it and do a dd command? Or is there a way to back an image up to it then restore it onto the new drive and have it fully functional? Is there some free windows software that can do this easily with my old laptop?
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    Infrasonic said: View Post
    Plenty out there with that dual SSD(M.2) and HDD configuration. That's what I'd go for as that way you could partition the HDD to have a cloned W10 OS for multiboot redundancy and a separate data partition
    My other limitation was size, I wanted no larger than 14 so I can easily see over it when I lay on the couch (I mean so it fits nicely in my bag I carry) which I didn't find many options with two drives. As for Debian, I gave up using it on a laptop, it was too much work trying to find applications to do things easily done in Windows so I stopped using that OS. It's been dormant for years so now's a good time to rid myself of it.
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  10.    1 Week Ago #10

    dalchina said: View Post
    It depends on the laptop. Mine has a SSD, a HDD, and a DVD-RW drive- which could have been a 3rd drive.

    You probably know you can buy screens- e.g. (I've not looked for your exact model)
    Amazon.co.uk: sony vaio pcg-71911m screen
    thanks, new screen on the way. I'm going to give my old laptop to my daughter who can use it for school.
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