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Upgrading your system Disk

I am using windows from my first computer in 1997. Since then, whenever a problem arise in system, our hardware expert suggest one thing. Format the system and start fresh. I kinda like the idea at that time, as it give me more time to play with core system things. I remember formatting windows 95/98 PC was complicated, as you have to create some text files, boot with floppy disk and then run from CD.

Time passes, and process become simpler, and I grow in programmer. Now, my machine handle, Visual Studio, Andriod Studio, Nodejs, SQL server, MySQL, apache and IIS, and lot of utilities. Previously I used to keep CD of my software. But every week we have few updates on either of those software and burning CD is not possible. Now, formatting means wasting my 2-3 days to just install everything. Formatting itself take 45 minutes max on my machine, but pre-formatting backup, and restoration after formatting is no fun.

But my primary disk is full and only 5 GB space is left on my C:\, It is only NVMe disk in system and I have to upgrade it to large capacity disk. I don’t want to format PC. So, I find this fine software recommendation from a google search, Macrium Reflect (from https://www.macrium.com/ ). I download their free version, and install on my Home PC. Install it on very drive that needs upgraded, yes my C:\. Install my new Disk on other slot. Now, I run software, and clone my disk to new Disk. Since they are NVMe disk they copy fast, it took about 20 minutes to clone 225 GB of disk to new 500 GB disk.

After 20 minutes, I realise that cloning use only old size from new disk and rest of space is empty, unused still. So everything is waste for me. But then Windows’ Disk management comes handy and allow Extending my new soon going to be C: drive to use remaining space from disk. [Right click on partition and click extend]. It use all left over space.

After swapping old disk with new one. [I tool old out of system to test if cloning was good or not], It works with extended disk. then I put my old disk and format it to use as secondary disk.

It took me 1 hr to do all these stuff, and certainly save my 2-3 days of effort, and save my weekend.

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Encounter with Computer Hardware

From last few weeks, I had a problem that 2 of my desktop PC doesn’t recognize their HDD. I was not sure what is wrong with both of system, as when I put the HDD in different PC it sometime works and sometime it doesn’t. Same when I try to change mother board for them. Ultimately since they are under warranty I didn’t take pain and send them both for repair. I got extra hardware to backup the time lose in service. Yeah cool Idea?

But what is this, when I got them back from service center the problem persist. Damn Service Center didn’t work they didn’t find the fault or fix it. That was my reaction and I was frustrated. Then my brother took the job to fix computer and ask me to sit quite. After 2 hrs he came to me and said that the small power connector was damage and when he replace it with new cable all is working well. I was shocked!!!

I remember I change DATA SATA Cables, but I never change power cables, as I Believe power cable will either work or it don’t work, it won’t make running hardware halt in between when we do Excess data read or something like that. Infact in one of Computer, Harddisk doesn’t work after 20-30 minutes of computer working fine.

But this it is true, Power cables can make you think that other hardware are damage. I remember I change everthing including SMPS, Processor, Graphic Card etc on my PC but what I didn’t get change is power connector for Harddisk which was the problem. It was funny at the end of day.. oops months.