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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    How to clone a disk with Macrium Reflect 7.x

    Any questions on clone or image can be posted in this forum:

    A clone will be the exact size.
    An image will be compressed.

    Any data that currently is in bad sectors if any will not be in a new clone or image.

    The smallest important data can be copied without a clone or image.

    Most can be performed overnight.

    So it's a matter of preference and time.
    Some prefer a clean install so that the registry is clean.
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    FredricJLowe said:
    Lastly, it was also suggested to do a clean install. Was that referring to a clean installation of Windows 10 Home Edition?

    So to make sure you understand what that means, it's the operating system only, and the Store applications that come with Windows 10.

    Any other programs you use will need to be re-installed.

    Make sure you have the installation media (CD/DVD or download) handy.

    Some may have licensing keys that need to be entered to complete their installation, so make sure you know where those are located.

    Your personal data will need to be moved over, and anything stored in other than the "standard" locations (all the My... folders such as My Document, My Pictures, etc.) will need to be located and moved over as well.

    Clean installs are a piece of cake on two drive systems, where you have nothing but Windows on one drive, and your programs and personal data on the other.

    Not so much on single drive systems.
    Last edited by OldNavyGuy; 01 Jul 2020 at 02:27.
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    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Thank you again OldNavyGuy!

    That makes sense. To reinstall everything on this 12 year old desktop with a new Solid State hard drive, it will make a difference as I understand but it will still be limited by the restrictions of the motherboard.

    Eventually, I will want to just upgrade to a new system and I'll have to do this all over again.

    I don't know what's worse this or moving!!! But their in the same league albeit this is a lot less daunting.

    I'm inclined to just spend the money for a new system as I mentioned.

    I haven't been able to find a price better than this system:

    What do you think of this configuration?

    Dell XPS 8930 Desktop

    Est. Value $1,999.98
    Price Match Guarantee

    16GB DDR4 at 2666MHz; up to 64GB (Additional memory sold separately)

    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 6GB GDDR6

    2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English

    9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 9900 (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology)

    12 months 0% interest
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  4. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    Any particular reason you want a Desktop rather than a Laptop?

    You might compare specs and prices to some recommended here -

    Laptop Mag: Find the Perfect Laptop, Tablet or 2-in-1 for You
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  5. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    That's a very good question. I have a HP Envy with an i7 processor and a 500 GB solid state hard drive. There is about 300 GB of free space. This HP is about 5 or 6 years old and boots up in less than 7 seconds.

    So my dilemma really is this.

    I have about 250 GB of data on this antiquated 12 year old desktop.
    I still like to use a large monitor with it.

    I guess I could swap out the 500 GB SDD and put in a 1-2 TB solid state. I'll run the Crucial System scanner again in the morning on this laptop.

    That would solve having to buy a new computer.

    Maybe I should just get a wireless keyboard too. I do like the keyboard from a desktop. And maybe a wireless monitor to replace my corded 12 yr old Samsung 22 inch monitor.

    Your thoughts and any other suggestions are greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
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  6. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    My wife uses a large monitor with her laptop.

    Laptop Mag has monitor reviews as well.

    Best computer monitor deals in July 2020 | Laptop Mag
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  7. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Well I did the Crucial System scanner on this HP ENVY 17t-n000 notebook and there are no SDD available for it!

    So I am at a loss for upgrading this notebook to 1 or 2 TB.

    Back to square 1 again.

    Do I replace the 12 yr old antiquated desktop with a new SDD which will improve the performance but not as fast as a new computer or take the plunge and buy a new laptop or desktop.

    I'll have to ponder this over the Holiday weekend.

    The test said that the existing hard drive had 36 days remaining.

    Then again, it probably should have died years ago.

    It might stay alive for another year or so!

    Does anyone really know for sure?
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    The SMART results were designed to predict drive failure.

    Unfortunately drives can fail with perfect or 100% results.
    And drives can function after displaying fail on one or more tests.

    There can be performance problems before the terminal event:
    slow read
    slow write
    unexpected shutdowns and restarts

    As long as important data is backed up end users will have to judge their patience or impatience with the performance problems.
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  9. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Thank you. I agree.

    And yes the data is backed up weekly on Acronis.

    So I'll have to make some decisions eventually.

    But I do like the idea of getting a new computer with an i9 processor and 2 TB SDD. If this Dell lasted 12 yrs, then this one might the same amount of time and be slow by standards down the road!
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  10. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    Buying an SSD only -

    At best, you'll extend the life of your system long enough to make a purchasing decision not being "under the gun".

    At worst, you'll have a spare drive to use as an external backup for disk images. Get a drive enclosure and you're there.
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