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The use of mSATA

  1. #71


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Just now, I tried to restore windows 8.1 to the original C-windows.
    During restore process, the computer seems to be dead.
    I now only see Dell icon on the screen.
    F2, F8, and F12 did not respond during repeated booting. The computer seems to need a new motherboard.

    But I have a good windows 7 computer at home.

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  2. #72


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, I feel with you. Nothing but trouble. I know what you are going thru. I just had a bad day too - but with video recording problems. Took me quite some time to fix it.
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  3. #73


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    This problem is not new. I got this computer in the middle of last December. About three weeks, I go the same problem. The computer was dead. Dell sent out on-site technician to replace motherboard. Now, the same problem occurred after three weeks.
    It seems that I got a lemon. This afternoon, I check everything including memory stick (6gb x 4 sticks).
    I sent an email to Dell to see what is going to happen to this computer.

    When I fix this computer, I might try again probably with Macrium because it works on your computer.

    I have another question. Assuming I was able to run Windows on SSD drive later. how to install programs (Adobe suite, Microsoft office 2013 and other programs)? Many programs provide an option for custom install. In that case, I could simply direct to install them on D-drive (other separate hard disk or partition). Is that right?

    But for some small programs, they do not give any custom installation option. I have seen many programs which do not give custom installation options. They directly install onto windows partition. How should I handle these programs?
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  4. #74


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Your Mobo problem may be caused by the PSU. Maybe it gets too much juice (at least at times). I would have them exchange the PSU too.

    Regarding the programs - I would only direct the really big ones to the HDD. Office is not that big. It is 335MB in the program library. Add to that some program files and .dlls and you are at 400MBs. Adobe I don't know - that could be big.
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  5. #75


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Today, I had a chat with Dell tech. They are going to send me a replacement computer. Dell service is super.
    I expect to get in a week or so.

    When I get it, I will try SSD as windows drive.
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  6. #76


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    That sounds like the best deal. We'll see you when you have your new box.
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  7. #77


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    During the chat with Dell techie, I suggested that replacing MB and techie's time are not worth if the computer could be replaced.
    Techie spent about 4-5 min behind and came back later. I was told that the computer would be shipped in a week.
    Dell is easy to handle solving problems.
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  8. #78


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Your Mobo problem may be caused by the PSU. Maybe it gets too much juice (at least at times). I would have them exchange the PSU too.

    Regarding the programs - I would only direct the really big ones to the HDD. Office is not that big. It is 335MB in the program library. Add to that some program files and .dlls and you are at 400MBs. Adobe I don't know - that could be big.
    I have one more question. In case I was able to restore Windows on SSD disk, and install programs on a separate Hard Drive ("D"), how about antivirus programs? Should I install antivirus program on SSD on D-drive. I am a bit confused. If it is big, I should install on D-drive. Is that right?
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  9. #79


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Programs you can install on either drive - including the AV program. I recommend, however, to keep most programs on the SSD. There will be enough space. Only very big programs should go on the HDD.

    I would see to it that the SSD has about 20% free space - for future updates and for the SSD controller's garbage collection.

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  10. #80


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs,
    I got a XPS computer yesterday which is almost identical to the dead computer except that the new replacement came with 256 GB SSD (instead of 32GB). The computer is running super now. Since the C-partition size is about 130 gb,
    I feel that the whole c-partition (instead of shrunken size of C-partition) could be restored on SSD drive.
    I am thinking about doing this this weekend. So i need your advise.
    a) Should I restore the whole c-partition (130 gb) or smaller c-partition (ca. 14 gb) on SSD drive (256 gb)?
    (there is a plenty of space in SSD drive).
    b) Should I create a smaller, separate partitions (ca. 200-300 gb) next to the windows partition for installing bigger programs?
    c) If and when the SSD-windows 8.1 operates well, can I keep the same windows partition on SATA hard drive?
    (In case of any problem with SSD drive, Windows in SATA drive can be used.)
    Is there any reason to delete the C-partition on SATA drive?
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