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Main PC amendments, farewell Windows

Postby LongRunner » January 4th, 2022, 2:52 pm

A few twists (not all of which can be publicly disclosed) have happened around here lately, breaking up the boredom a bit :-)
One of the less-good developments is that one WD3003FZEX-00Z4SA0 (of the 2 internal to my PC, out of 3 I have in total) now has some pending sectors (9 at the last count), taking a handful of programs out of action (one of which, ironically, was HDDScan :lol2:; its normal way of displaying the report sheets doesn't work anymore, so instead I got a prompt to open the XML output in another program).

I pondered what to do for a bit; I already tried Linux Mint Cinnamon on an old freebie PC (which also came in handy for playing music and videos while waiting through the set-up on here :D), so I got out an SSD I brought home earlier (Kingston SA400S37120G), added it into my PC, and installed the latest Mint version (20.2) on it. (And yes, I checked that it doesn't have a SandForce/Farce controller :dodgy:.)

I've long maintained the good sense to stick with open file formats (and multi-platform application software) where available, so shouldn't have too much trouble transitioning. In the worst case, I could set up a VM with Windows 7 for what remains…

I don't expect miracles from Linux, nor do I even mind if it isn't as functional as Windows; as long as it's adequate for my purposes.
I even know that many people regard it as a pain; but then as my Mum can attest at the office, so is Windows 10 :lol2:
Information is far more fragile than the HDDs it's stored on.

Smart people don't buy "smart" devices without very carefully weighing up the risks and benefits beforehand.

My PC: Core i3 4130 on GA-H87M-D3H with GT640 OC 2GiB and 2 * 8GiB Kingston HyperX 1600MHz, Kingston SA400S37120G, WD3003FZEX-00Z4SA0 and HDS721010CLA630, Pioneer BDR-209DBKS and Optiarc AD-7200S, Seasonic G-360, Chenbro PC31031, Linux Mint Cinnamon 20.2 (with Windows 7 still accessible if needed).
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Re: Main PC amendments, farewell Windows

Postby Behemot » January 8th, 2022, 11:22 am

any reason not to stick with 7?
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