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Windows 7: SSD Questions on New Computer

30 Sep 2016   #61
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

One other question. But do you know how much it cost to have your hard drive taken out and replaced with a ssd?

And the process they are going to do for me, they are just doing a clean install of windows.


What would you say the average price would be for this? Obviously doing the clean install cost a good amount since this takes time. But the hard drive replacement probably doesn't cost that much? I googled this and big name places charge a lot for tasks like this.


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30 Sep 2016   #62
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

We don`t even know where you live.

Just call the place and get the price over the phone.
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30 Sep 2016   #63
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
Of course its because i didnt download anything much. I just downloaded chrome and a few other things like avast. But yes i rather he remove the things Dell put on it.

You should make sure he puts the browser of your choice on it before you get it back.

And that you have a working Internet connection so you can get on the Internet to download whatever you need---Open Office, anti-virus, etc.



Yes i will ask him about the sticker. Im pretty certain hes well aware of all these things though.

There is no sticker.


When you say did i activated the new laptop... im assuming the answer to this is yes. I did type my name on it and all those things. I installed few programs and using windows 10 and used chrome to browse websites. So yes.... i activated the new laptop?

You tell me.

You can run Windows 7 for 30 days without activation. I'm not sure about 10, but you should be able to find out if it is activated.

Type "activate" or "activation" in whatever search box that thing has on it and find out for yourself if Windows is formally activated.

It's not a big deal if it isn't activated, but you should make sure he knows if it is or not.




Well the ssd should be fine i believe. I will ask him if theres a way for him to test my ssd. But last time when i was there, my other ssd from my asus, i asked him hey does it look okay, he said he could tell just by looking at it... its fine.

You can run a benchmark on the SSD after you get it back. There's not a whole lot else you can do. It either works or it doesn't. You need to be sure the SSD is properly aligned, but he should know that and you can find that out when he is done with it.

What are you going to do if you have to reinstall Windows 10 next Wednesday?

Be prepared to be bewildered by Windows 10 differences from 7, particularly the update process. It's supposed to be a barrel of laffs.




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30 Sep 2016   #64
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hi yes i know there is no sticker. I wrote that wrong.


I typed in activate. Yes windows 10 is activated. It has the product id. However the product key doesn't show all 25 letters/words though. It only has the last 5. The first 20 are all XXXXX. Do you know if thats an issue?


Well my laptop is working fine for now. But after when the guy replaces the hard drive and does the clean install, i will see how things go. Well yes i know computer problems happen all the time. For now, the laptop seems pretty nice. The volume is amazing.


Yes windows 10 looks much different from 7. I recalled when i first used windows 7, it was much different than what i was used to with XP and wanted to go back to XP.


One other thing. Would it be possible for someone who have access to my hard drive be able to view my browsing history and all those things? Like could i view the last few websites that i went to on my hard drive etc? They were mostly main sites but curious if this is possible. Thus if so, im sure i could do this now? Like is it possible for a person to open chrome and then view sites that i just visited etc?


I will let you know how this goes. Thanks
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30 Sep 2016   #65
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post

I typed in activate. Yes windows 10 is activated. It has the product id. However the product key doesn't show all 25 letters/words though. It only has the last 5. The first 20 are all XXXXX. Do you know if thats an issue?

The Product ID is NOT the Product Key. I don't know if what you are looking at is the Key or the ID. Regardless, ask the shop to write down your Product Key if they know it.

I'm not sure about Windows 10, but the Product Key could just be a generic set of numbers that Dell used for thousands of PCs--rather than a unique Product Key that is not used anywhere else. Retail keys are unique, but your installation is not retail.

Talk to your guy about how you would re-install Windows 10.



One other thing. Would it be possible for someone who have access to my hard drive be able to view my browsing history and all those things? Like could i view the last few websites that i went to on my hard drive etc?



Yes. That why the cops want your hard drive after they have you in jail for something. Any browser has a "history" of where you've been on the Internet.
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30 Sep 2016   #66
CaptainWD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
~snip~
A word from me

glad to see everything went smooth.
In order to prevent anyone from seeing data on your drive you should use an application that can fill the drive with zeros multiple times so no data recovery tools could work.
WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic has this option.

Captain_WD.
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30 Sep 2016   #67
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hey guys thanks all for all this information. One last question before i go there.


I had thought i deleted a lot of the files in my ssd. The one that is in my enclosure connected to my desktop. Such that deleting documents and other information. However, i had asked on another forum if just pressing delete was good enough for a certain program i want deleted. Thats what i did with tons of files earlier. I was told if you do it that way, it only goes to the recycle bin. That the proper way to delete it was hold Shift and Delete. I did not know this.


Can someone tell me how i can view my recycle bin so i could delete everything permanently? Or restore all the documents and programs I deleted then i will delete all these things correctly by highlighting it and Shift + Delete? Because just pressing delete and send to recycle bin doesn't really do anything right? I didnt really notice that until when i tried to delete certain documents and it say... only send to recycle bin. Can someone tell me how important is this though? I do want to permanently delete these things. CaptainWD, well i dont think i will try that. I just want to make sure i permanently delete it the right way without a program like that. Im pretty certain this isn't a big deal bringing it to repair shop but i didn not know i was deleting it wrong. Of course if i wanted to delete program on my computer, obviously if its a program, i would remove the program each one. Then any document, send to recycle bin then empty recycle bin. I did not think any of this however with the ssd. Can someone tell me how to do this? This is last thing i have to do before i go to repair shop. Thanks.
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30 Sep 2016   #68
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Okay i went to my recycle bin on my desktop. Apparently all the files yesterday that i thought i deleted from the ssd in the enclosure is there. Thus it was sent to the recycle bin. So if i empty the recycle bin on my desktop, does that permanently delete everything such that it is similar to click on programs/files i want to delete in the ssd and pressing Shift+Delete which permanently delete its.


If so, then i will do this and im done and heading to repair shop. I want to make sure i get this part right since i already thought yesterday i had deleted a lot of files from the ssd. But i don't believe this is the case because i read each drive has its own recycle bin? How do i get to this recycle bin with my ssd in the enclosure. I want to delete all these things before i head to repair shop.


Thanks guys.
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30 Sep 2016   #69
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Where is the recycle bin in my SSD enclosure?

I have a thread in the hardware and devices forum where i got a lot of help with my questions but i'm trying to get an answer asap as i need to do this before i go to repair shop which i will do so the moment i get this information.


I have an ssd in an old laptop. The old laptop no longer works. I bought a new laptop but it comes with a slow hard drive. I want to put ssd into this new laptop. Im not good with computers and so i will go to repair shop for them to do it. I backed up many files from my ssd which is put in an enclosure case that is connected to my desktop. The thing is i want to delete most of my files, documents on this ssd before i go and bring this to the repair shop along with my laptop. I had thought i deleted many of my files by highlighting those files and pressing delete. I found out recently that someone tells me you didn't delete it because that only sends to recycle bin which i found is true since i tried to delete some other programs/documents earlier. I was told i need to press shift + delete and when i do this, it ask if i want to permanently delete it and i type yes.


My issue is almost all the documents i thought i deleted yesterday was not deleted. Does anyone know where is the recycle bin in my ssd in the enclosure that is connected to my desktop? I did search my desktop recycle bin and apparently all those documents i deleted yesterday is there. I thought could i just delete my recycle bin and everything in my ssd that i thought i deleted is deleted. But i read that each hard drive has its own recycle bin.


How do i access my ssd recycle bin that is connected to enclosure so i could delete everything? Or how do i restore all these things to where it was... then i delete all these documents the right way by shift + delete. Of course this takes more work so i want to empty my recycle bin thats in my ssd.


Can someone tell me how? I have to know this asap as once i know this, i will do it then head to computer repair shop. I'm posting in a new thread here because the other one, i haven't gotten a response back and i have to know this very quickly. Thanks all.
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30 Sep 2016   #70
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

If you could boot up on the old computer you could right click and set the size of the recycle bin, or set everything to permanently delete instead of going to the recycle bin. I am making an assumption that if you set the recycle bin size to 0, everything in there would be deleted. like this

SSD Questions on New Computer-zz1.jpg

If you can't delete the recycle bin you could use the command prompt and use diskpart to delete the partition, then format it. To answer your question, yes, the data could be recovered, but someone would have to want it real bad. It would take a lot of time and effort to do that. Clean the disk, create a new partition, Format the partition then clean it again. It will show as unallocated.

Right click computer, select run as administrator type these commands and press enter after each one

diskpart
list disk
select disk X (where x is the number assigned to the disk. In your case probably number 0)
clean
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
clean (which cleans it again)
exit
exit

It will look like this

SSD Questions on New Computer-x.jpg

Your third, and best option, is do a secure erase. The procedure will depend on the SSD you have. You should be able to find instructions from the manufacturer or from the tool box, if it has one.


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