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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 22 2013 9:22 PM

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Ugh. Price went up $30. I'll guess I'll need to keep a price watch out. Tongue Tied

The price watch worked... right at the time when I had birthday money. I bought the crucial for $149 on Amazon. I'll try and remember to let you know how it goes... It should arrive tomorrow, but it may take me a bit to get it installed. I want to do a "clean" install. 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 23 2013 9:37 PM

alabama24:
I want to do a "clean" install.

Wonder about cleanly installing OS X Mavericks (for free) ? => http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9243446/Apple_gives_away_OS_X_Mavericks

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 24 2013 4:24 AM

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alabama24:
I want to do a "clean" install.

Wonder about cleanly installing OS X Mavericks (for free) ? => http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9243446/Apple_gives_away_OS_X_Mavericks

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That is the plan. Smile

I am a little worried about MSFT Office though. I purchased it as a student a few years ago, but I don't think I have the installation serial number. If i do a "clean" install, I might end up losing office. Tongue Tied

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 24 2013 10:38 PM

alabama24:
I am a little worried about MSFT Office though. I purchased it as a student a few years ago, but I don't think I have the installation serial number. If i do a "clean" install, I might end up losing office.

Clean install could be done on SSD, then use Apple's Migration Assistant to clone user(s), application(s), ... from old hard drive to OS X clean install.

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LibreOffice is free plus can create and edit docx files.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 24 2013 10:59 PM

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LibreOffice is free plus can create and edit docx files.

LibreOffice has been problematic on my Mac for some time, NeoOffice is much better and worth the $10 for the updated product. Hopefully LibreOffice will get better. Or it will work better on Mavericks.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 25 2013 6:41 AM

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Clean install could be done on SSD, then use Apple's Migration Assistant to clone user(s), application(s), ... from old hard drive to OS X clean install.

Can I cherry pick, or no? The point of the clean install was to keep all of the junk OFF of the new install... I am trying to get Migration Assistant to work, but it seems that it is "all or nothing." Is that right?

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 25 2013 7:17 PM

alabama24:
Can I cherry pick, or no? ...

Apple Support article => http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5872 shows Migration Assistant has a check box for Applications.

Cherry pick option is moving junk from Applications to the trash on the source computer prior to using Migration Assistant.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 25 2013 8:33 PM

I was able to get my unlock code from the company MSFT contracts with for educational downloads for a "nominal" fee... so I am up and running again.

I am not sure that dragging the apps to the trash would work... there are a lot of various files scattered elsewhere. If migration assistant doesn't grab those, then it would be worthless. If it does grab those, then I am back to having things junked up.

For example: I tried moving the kindle app over. I moved 1) the app and 2) the "application support" folder. It didn't work and kindle registered a new device. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:56 PM

New but related question, same thread. Smile

I am thinking about upgrading my 4 year old iMac's 500 GB HD (@5400 rpm) with a 1 TB HD (@7200 rpm). Thoughts? The current drive has about 100 GB left, but I'm thinking of doing some belated "spring cleaning."

FWIW, this is the drive I am considering:

http://www.crucial.com/store/modelpart.aspx?model=iMac%20(21.5%20and%2027-inch,%20Late%202009)&imodule=WD10EZEX 

I would love to get an SSD, but space is as much a consideration for this computer. Will I see a noticeable boost with 7200 rpm? What about the 64 GB cache? 

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John | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 1:15 AM

alabama24:

New but related question, same thread. Smile

I am thinking about upgrading my 4 year old iMac's 500 GB HD (@5400 rpm) with a 1 TB HD (@7200 rpm). Thoughts? The current drive has about 100 GB left, but I'm thinking of doing some belated "spring cleaning."

FWIW, this is the drive I am considering:

http://www.crucial.com/store/modelpart.aspx?model=iMac%20(21.5%20and%2027-inch,%20Late%202009)&imodule=WD10EZEX 

I would love to get an SSD, but space is as much a consideration for this computer. Will I see a noticeable boost with 7200 rpm? What about the 64 GB cache? 

 

A faster hard drive compared to a slow hard drive is usually noticeable. Nothing like the boost from an SSD as you already know, but it can make a difference. How much difference depends on several factors. The larger the cache on the drive can make a big difference, especially in systems with marginal amounts of RAM. Other things being equal, higher RPM equals faster transfer speeds. Larger capacities on the same number of platters and data density also equals faster transfer rates. So a 1TB drive is faster than a 500MB drive.

The drive you have selected is a good choice. The WD blue drives are generally lower performance with smaller cache than the WD black drives, but the EX model appears to have 64MB of cache, same as the WB black of the same size.

Because this model is a new higher density design, it is storing 1TB on a single platter. Compared to the comparable WB Black drive (WD1002FAEX) which stores the same amount of data on 2 platters. What this means is that the higher data density on the single platter means higher data transfer rate. But the Black drive will have faster seek times, as it has two read/write heads as opposed to one.

For the extra $20 or so the Black drive gives a 5 year warranty vs 2 year for the Blue. Normally the choice is easier, but in this case the blue drive performs almost as well as the black. In real world performance tests, the WD10EZEX does well, other than slightly slower seek times compared to the Black of equal capacity.

Amazon has the WD10EZEX for only $65. The drive may not ship in retail packaging for that price.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 7:16 PM

alabama24:
I am thinking about upgrading my 4 year old iMac's 500 GB HD (@5400 rpm) with a 1 TB HD (@7200 rpm). Thoughts?

One idea is partitioning 1 TB drive so Logos is in the fastest partition, similar idea to => http://community.logos.com/forums/p/76746/537629.aspx#537629

108 GB Fast Partition for Logos (personally using a symbolic link for ~/Library/Application Support/Logos4 folder; before creating link, renamed Logos4 to Logos4-old and copied folder to fastest partition)

256 GB for OS X

512 GB for lots of files (optionally split partition for medium and slow access)

Newegg has a Seagate 1 TB hybrid drive for $ 99.99 (plus a coupon through 30 Oct) => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178381

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 8:15 PM

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Newegg has a Seagate 1 TB hybrid drive for $ 99.99 (plus a coupon through 30 Oct) => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178381

Is this drive much faster? Do you know how large the SSD portion of the drive is? (I didn't see it on the site, but I may not have known where to look). Which do you think is more reliable between the two brands? 

The WD was $54 last week, and I put a price watch on it. I did the install on the SSD for my laptop, but am thinking about letting the geek squad tackle my iMac. Thoughts?

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