cf31 from hd to ssd. Anything I should know?

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  1. Stewboy

    Stewboy Notebook Consultant

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    Hello all,
    Just purchased a used 31(mk 4 i5) w/ Windows 10pro, 64 bit, 8gb. 500gb hard drive. Want to migrate everything to a Samsung 500gb ssd when the unit arrives.

    I've done it before--two years ago-- on two cf30s via an Apricorn drivewire and Samsung software with no problem. Anything I need to know before the machine arrives? It doesn't come with recovery discs, so I'll be cloning. I hope that doesn't set off alarms at Microsoft when I run update.

    Any reason to try something other than the Samsung EVO (SATA III)? That's what I've used before and have been very satisfied. Thanks in advance for your advice.
     
  2. UNCNDL1

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    Consider running a complete backup before doing anything.
    I believe Windows has a way to do this.
    Not familiar with methods you used before with the 30’s but know Acronis works great and has backups and clone features.


    Sent from my CF-M34
     
  3. Wyoming88!

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    If you have a USB big enough you could. At least on Win7 it says “use this as a backup” and select that. Also it may not work because I don’t know any USB that’s that large...
     
  4. Stewboy

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    I've got an outboard drive I can use--thanks for the tip.
     
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  5. Waldeck

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    Samsung have their own cloning software so you should be fine with that. Things will get a whole lot faster once it's done which is good, but the best thing for me anyway is there is less heat coming from the drive.
     
  6. Stewboy

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    Yes, that software worked well for my 30s, and the ssd reduced the heat significantly.
    BTW, I notice you have a 31 64 bit windows 10 as well. Anything you or anyone else would recommend over this? I'm not a gamer or anything.
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)
     
  7. Waldeck

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    Depends on what you want to pay, in my desk top I have a 128gb 830 Pro for my OS and photo-shop. In the CF-31 I have a 256gb 860 EVO. Both are good, but for some reason I like the Pro better, not sure why it just seems smoother, it's been in daily use for many years. I am going to upgrade the Pro to a 860 Pro 500gb as soon as I can afford to and fit the old one into my wife's laptop. Be good for those Recipes!
     
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    As time goes by, everything gets more affordable, and more reliable. A few years ago, I paid > $300 for 32 GB SLC SSD. (Before that, it was + $2000 for SSD when they were fairly new).) I had bad experience with 2 Samsung SSDs (beautiful silver/orange 64 GB SSD died just before warranty was up, and they sent replacement, which also died a quick death) so I typically avoid Samsung, and favor Intel, or Crucial drives, which have never, ever died on me. I feel now that this was a fluke, since Samsung drives consistently get rave reviews from buyers and users here on notebookreviews.com.

    I have a CF-31 MK4 with a 1 TB Crucial CT1000MX500SSD1, with 16 GB RAM, running Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit. I also have a 240 GB Intel with Windows 10 most current version 1909 in separate caddy. I have to say that Windows runs hotter than Linux. Fan runs as soon as it starts, and doesn't stop for quite a while. (Virus scans, and startup stuff?) Temperature monitors also show higher temps (30degrees in Linux vs 100+ degrees in Windows).

    In either operating system, SSD is significantly faster, no matter which brand.
     
  9. Stewboy

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    That Crucial drive is at $119 on Amazon for 1TB. Remarkably cheap. I don't need 1TB, though I've come close to filling my 250 fb ssds in my 30s. But with a price like that, it's tempting. Any advantage to having 1 TB if you're not planning to break 400gb?

    I'll be interested in seeing--or hearing--what my fan does. I'm not used to Toughbooks with fans.
     
  10. Waldeck

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    Like I said depends on what you want to pay. I think the silver/orange samsung was what they called the 830 series, went up to a 512gb as I remember. The pro's are nearly twice the price of the EVO's, for a reason. I have a Blue WD in my new CF-19, hasn't done much more than an hour yet, going to fit it in my jeep sometime soon I hope, but it will not be heavily used. The Pro in my desktop is on sometimes 8 hours a day, and has been for many years. Photoshop does tend to give it a work out, not sure about gaming, only games I play are Hearts and Solitaire.
     
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