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>> No. 23040 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 9:57 pm
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So I'm getting a little fed up with my laptop. It's mostly alright except that it takes an absolute age to boot into Windows and get shit running. I have a suspicion that the hard drive might be going as after just running an in-built diagnostic test on it everything came up fine except the HDD which just said FAIL and nothing more.

My idea is instead of buying another cheap laptop (because I'm a student and I can't afford no ultrabooks) I could try and build a desktop PC. I happen to have managed to blag myself a rather flashy 1TB SSD so I'm thinking if I can build a computer around this it might work out better value.

Just a couple of questions: firstly, is putting an SSD in an otherwise fairly standard PC akin to trying to fit a turbocharged V12 into a shitbox Saxo (i.e a stupid idea that will result in everything blowing up)? If not then what are the best resources to gauge cost and time for a complete beginner?
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>> No. 23041 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 10:13 pm
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> everything came up fine except the HDD which just said FAIL and nothing more
I hope you've backed everything up ladm8fella.
>> No. 23042 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 10:33 pm
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>>23041
Well, everything I care about yes.
>> No. 23043 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 11:08 pm
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If you install an OS on a drive, you can take out the drive and use it in any other computer. So, it's in no way a waste to install it into an otherwise shit computer. Computers and their parts are highly interchangeable.
>> No. 23044 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 11:23 pm
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>>23043
Of course you don't mean that you can use the installed OS on any other computer?
>> No. 23045 Anonymous
28th August 2014
Thursday 11:42 pm
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>is putting an SSD in an otherwise fairly standard PC akin to trying to fit a turbocharged V12 into a shitbox Saxo (i.e a stupid idea that will result in everything blowing up)?
No. The rest of the system may represent a bottleneck but unless the system is genuinely ancient you'll still get an appreciable performance boost from adding it in. It won't "blow up".

Is there some reason you wouldn't put the SSD in the laptop and save yourself the cost of the desktop?

>after just running an in-built diagnostic test on it everything came up fine except the HDD which just said FAIL and nothing more.
That's likely SMART flagging up a predicted future failure. This failure, it should be pointed out, is not guaranteed.
>> No. 23046 Anonymous
29th August 2014
Friday 4:05 am
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>>23044

Of course you can. If you upgrade everything apart from the hard drive, you're just putting the hard drive in a different computer, aren't you?
>> No. 23047 Anonymous
29th August 2014
Friday 6:45 am
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>>23045
>Is there some reason you wouldn't put the SSD in the laptop and save yourself the cost of the desktop?
This. Unless by some quirk of fate you've managed to somehow land yourself with a 3.5" unit, it should fit inside the laptop.
>> No. 23048 Anonymous
29th August 2014
Friday 8:54 am
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>in-built diagnostic test

Where/what is that?
>> No. 23051 Anonymous
29th August 2014
Friday 4:12 pm
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>>23046
It depends on the OS. Windows OEM copies, for instance, are tied to the motherboard, and wouldn't work in a different machine.
>> No. 23052 Anonymous
29th August 2014
Friday 5:16 pm
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>>23051
*actually of course it depends on lots of things, this was just an obvious one.

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