New Laptop

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  1. 9fears08

    9fears08 Tele-Meister

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    One thing I'd throw in at this point is that if you're not computer savvy (not judging if that's you, we all have different talents) and 'just want it to work' the quality of your laptop is not the only concern.

    Not sure what it's like in other countries but broadband providers in the UK are shockingly bad and misleading in their claims. For example BT claim the 'Best WiFi Signal' which is probably true for most but what it means is the best signal from your computer to your router. The signal on to the wider world could be complete trash (which isn't uncommon) and they don't explain that. Also, if you live in a small flat, the quality of your router's not gonna matter too much cos you'll always be relatively close to it.
     
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  2. Rich_S

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    I've been binge-watching "Person of Interest" lately. According to the computer experts on that show, to completely wipe out years of world-changing advanced artificial intelligence development, you simply drop the hard drive on the floor and stomp on it once.
     
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    There's a kit you can buy at Best Buy to clone you're hard drive.
    Also, buy an external hard drive to store you're music on from now on...things like songs, pics and vids consume a lot of memory.
     
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    You're correct that an SSD should never be defragged.

    A hard disk has spinning platters that store the data, and a mechanical read head (think tone arm of a record player) that jumps around different locations on the platter to read&write data. If a file is split up in many small fragments in different locations on the platter, the read head has to jump around more than when the file is one big chunk in one location of the platter. So it takes longer for the head to read a fragmented file. Defragmenting a disk joins fragments of a file together in the same location on the disk, so the reading of the files is faster.

    SSDs have no spinning platters and read heads, all parts of a file, regardless of where they are stored, are read at the same speed. So defragging is completely nonsensical.






    This has very little to do with the specs of your computer, it's all about the speed of your Internet connection.





    SSDs are fast and (relatively) expensive, HDs are much, much slower, but cheaper if you need a lot of storage.

    For music and movie playback, HDs are perfectly adequate.

    That being said, I personally would never want to go back to the much slower overall performance of a hard disk. (2010 MacBook Pro with 1TB SSD here..)



    Regarding disk space for music:
    Try a streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music, both have free trials. It needs zero storage space on disk (unless you want to download music for offline listening).
    I've discovered lots of interesting new music since I signed up.
     
  5. 9fears08

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    If you use your existing laptop with Ubuntu you could store all your music on there then use Google Music Manager to upload it all to Google Play (free service). Once you've done that you can stream or re-download your own music from there. Even on a smart phone.:)
     
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