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    Default Is this a waste of time?

    I've cleaned out a friend's Emachines all-in-one EZ1601 and I am looking
    for ways to speed up the really poor performance (running Windows7).
    It has a slow 1.6GHz CPU and will only take 2GB RAM (installed).
    Pondering the idea of replacing the SATA HDD with a cloned SATA SSD
    to try to speed things up and wondering if anyone out there has done this
    successfully. I don't forsee a problem with the mobo accomodating the
    SSD unit in the 2.5 inch HDD Sata socket but wondering if this would be a
    worthwhile project financially and in performance gain, bearing in mind the
    limitations mentioned.
    I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    " 1.6GHz CPU"
    Thats a spec from last century :-)

    Im guess its an Intel Atom .
    Its slow . It will allways be slow.
    SSD will certainly help, dont expect miracles

    Silk purse, sows ear .
    Sometimes, its best to just walk away .

    Cloning old HD to new SSD is very commonly done .
    Make a up backup with Macrium free , then use that backup to restore to a new drive . That should allways work .
    Last edited by 1101; 05-03-2021 at 01:20 PM.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Here's your problem...

    Quote Originally Posted by blanco View Post
    It has a slow 1.6GHz CPU and will only take 2GB RAM (installed).

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Yes, Intel Atom. I am aware of it's limitations and the 2GB RAM
    and already described it as 'past it's use by date' to the user
    who is an octogenarian, reluctant to let go of his beloved PC
    and purchase a newer replacement. Anyway, I can't see the SSD
    giving enough % improvement to justify it's use, as you suggest.
    I should point out that I am just a hobbyist, retired and in the same
    age group.

    By the way, I have no experience with SSDs. How much faster
    are they than HDDs generally? Thinking of using one on my
    own desktop which is a few years old. This video clip suggests
    it may be worth considering:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j84eEjP-RL4

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    SSD'S are usually a good upgrade for a PC and are generally a good option to go for. Your device will boot up a lot faster. In your friend's case though it would appear to be a waste of money and it would be more sense to put his cash towards a better device.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Quote Originally Posted by blanco View Post
    EZ1601 1.6GHz CPU and will only take 2GB RAM (installed).Is this a waste of time?
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    Yes.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Depends what he uses it for.

    That system would be fine if all you do is play solitaire.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Quote Originally Posted by blanco View Post

    By the way, I have no experience with SSDs. How much faster
    are they than HDDs generally?
    Windows10 really runs much better with a SSD

    SSD's can make an unusable(slow) PC , usable again.
    Ive 'fixed" many slow pc's just by installing a ssd
    The old mechanical hd drives can get horrendously slow as they start to fail.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    Quote Originally Posted by blanco View Post

    By the way, I have no experience with SSDs. How much faster
    are they than HDDs generally?
    They are noticeably faster, while it wont turn a low powered CPU, low memory machine into a gaming machine, there is a difference.

    Its not uncommon for results like the ones I do all the time, example: Customers PC was taking approx 3 minutes to boot from Off on a Std Drive, imaged to a SSD, and after the 1st "bedding in" took approx 15 - 20 Seconds to fully up and running. Generally they will run faster over all.

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    Default Re: Is this a waste of time?

    really not worth the effort or money IMHO

    Maybe a really light OS like a linux distro designed for old hardware might run ok, but it'll never be great.

    The difference an SSD makes is both huge and also nothing at all. It makes a PC boot faster, load software faster, and feel more responsive over all which cures what a lot of people perceive as a "slow" PC in a lot of cases. But it does not actually make the PC any faster in terms of CPU/GPU performance so once software is running it may not make a difference at all. It can help a bit with low RAM amounts by making page file access much faster but it still isn't the same as more RAM.
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