As explained a while ago we (developers) get an annual creativity budget. This time I decided to improve my notebook working experience and reliability by introducing two new items:
- A fast SSD replacing the conventional relatively slow 2,5″ hard disk
- An one-touch backup solution which in fact is a no touch solution
The SSD is a X25-m from Intel with 160Gb and the backup solution is a Seagate Replica with 500Gb disk space. Although there are recurring problems with the firmware and toolbox software the Intel SSD seemed to be the best choice price/performance/reliability wise. To be on a safer side data wise we paired it with the backup solution. Let me first explain the migration which went really smooth and was the first stress test for the backup system. The steps were the following:
- Backup the existing system with the replica which does not require any user interaction after the client backup software is automatically installed
- replace the original harddisk with the SSD
- reboot the system with the recovery CD of the replica solution and restore the backed up system
- reboot the recovered system from the SSD
The whole process went really smooth and only took some hours of data copying. There were no hickups whatsoever. After booting from the SSD my system was exactly like before, so the replica already proved that it really works even in the worst case of a complete drive loss.
The performance of the whole system is noticable better especially at system and application startup as you would expect.
The backup solution is so damn easy to use that I would recommend it to all people running Windows and caring about the data on their system. To keep your backup up to date just plug the external hard drive in a free USB port and continue working. You don’t have to do any configuration and other hassles which often end any effort of deploying a working backup solution. This is even more true for private people who do not have the knowledge to fiddle with system details. So go for a “one touch backup” if you do not have some working solution in use already!
A modern SSD can really improve your working experience especially on notebooks where hard disk performance is far worse than in an workstation environment. So older hardware can get new life and make your life easier and more productive.