All this talk of SSDs got me pondering whether to refresh my hand
me down Toshiba satellite Pro lappy.
Running Ubuntu sluggishly after last update, bit nippier on
Lubuntu but just wondering....
I see I can double the ram to 4gb for 20 odd quid, & a 250gb SSD
for 50 odd quid.
Worth it? Or put towards a newer one?
I tend to stick with SanDisk, Plextor or Lexar for flash products in
general. SanDisk is my default go-to, but sometimes they don't have a
particular format of device in the size I'd like (why I went with
Plextor for my M2SATA SSDs). Never had any go bad (across SATA, SD and
USB flash+USB external disk).
On 03/10/2018 18:56, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
The only one I have ever had fail was a small fast Intel one which was
sat as a buffer cache on a much larger classical disk (back in the days
when they were expensive). I expect it got hammered into the ground by
the load it was under. I replaced it with a 500GB SSD drive which ISTR
cost about as much as the 32GB Intel device had 5 years earlier.
I favour the Samsung ones these days as they deliver real performance on
my incompressible data. Some makers have optimistic assumptions about
the compressibility of data built into their peak performance figures.
I've just upgraded to a Lenovo X220T. Came with 4GB, W7 64-bit and a
It cost ?106 from a known supplier (Tier1) on ebay who replaced a faulty
2GB ram module with a single 4GB without question. This let me upgrade
to 8GB with a module I had here.
I replaced the WWAN module with a 240GB mSATA boot drive and put in a
new 1TB main data drive (I still do a lot of audio work and some video
and run a VM for Turnpike etc.). This cost another ?90 or so.
Being a T (tablet convertible) version, it has a capacitive touch and
pen screen. In laptop mode, the touch screen, particularly the ability
to scroll with a finger, has been an eye opener.
Small, light, fast, I'm typing on it now. The only negatives were the
initial weird faults caused by the faulty ram, which had me thrashing
around a bit.
Nowadays, I'd always look at moving forward a generation or two rather
than updating an old machine.
I'm now trying to decide which of the two machines it replaces to sell.
I think SSD is the single best upgrade to any old lappy.
I see that model came with 2GB - yes 4GB is where I like to be these
days. So do that as well
This desktop is actually useing - caches and buffers excepted - around 3GB
And you dont want to use swap a lot with an SSD.
Truth welcomes investigation because truth knows investigation will lead
to converts. It is deception that uses all the other techniques.
On 03/10/2018 18:19, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
It may depend on the laptop. On my old Toshiba Satellite laptop a ssd
made very little difference which possibly indicated that the hard disk
access wasn't the performance bottleneck.
I would upgrade RAM first but be aware that the manufactures have a
habit of filling both memory slots. 2G may mean 1G in each slot so
upgrading to 4G may mean ditching the 2 x 1G in order to fit 2 x 2G or
fitting 1x 4G to one of the slots. Check the manual for the allowable
combination of memory in the slots. I seem to remember on my Toshiba
laptop all the memory had to be in one slot or alternatively the same
size memory had to be fitted to 2 slots. There may have been other
combinations of sizes but there were limitations.
I've not tried running anything under 4GB for many years. I think that
upgrade RAM is probably worth doing, but look at the ram usage to see if
you are running out.
I also run all my laptops on SSD's, generally hand me downs as I upgrade
desktops, even my router has an SSD (32 GB, gods knows when I originally
bought that). I've only ever had one SSD die of old age.
128 GB SSD is enough for Ubuntu. I generally remove the CD player and
keep the old mechanical disk on a laptop.
See if its paging a lot, if it is then more RAM.
If its just too slow to boot then SSD.
You can also strip out a lot of processes on windows and linux as they
both run a lot of crap that most people don't need.
The 90% of users only use 10% of the OS is true for both.
Of course its a different 10% for each user.
Your processor is a tad slower than the one I'm using here in my 4 year
old Dell (i5-4310U) according to
So I would say: Yes, it may be. I have 16GB RAM, I'd suggest going to at
least 8 if you can.
and yes, the SSDs I have made a huge difference. This run Ubuntu and
still boots in about 10 seconds (timed from when linux starts booting)
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