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Windows 7: Replacing 160gb hard drive with 500gb in Optiplex 755 SFF

15 Feb 2017   #11
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

To change the Time Zone, click on the clock, down at the bottom RH corner of the screen & select Change Date & Time Settings, when that opens select Change Time Zone, then click on the little arrow & scroll down to your time zone & select it, then click OK & be sure to click the Apply button before closing.


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16 Feb 2017   #12
Schrade

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ochaye13 View Post
Ok thanks, good to know. I may just go that way with it. I should point out that I do not have any recovery/back up discs for either computer. I bought them 2nd hand refurbs with W7 and XP installed on them. Can I make recovery/back ups to usb sticks, if so, what size do I need.? or should I get a rewriter and discs, or should I be ok to proceed and succeed.? My personal files are only music, films, photos and pictures. My concern is keeping W7 in good working order. As with the other computer, I think XP and files have already gone on that one.
You can often find Windows ISO's to download from the web, but your licence key under the computer is still necessary to activate. And you have to be certain that the downloaded ISO isn't some hack's compilation.

I have several Windows legitimate discs for install, but again, your license key is what counts.

And do consider loading Linux beside Windows; it faster, safer, etc., than ANY Windows, on the same machine.
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16 Feb 2017   #13
ochaye13

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
To change the Time Zone, click on the clock, down at the bottom RH corner of the screen & select Change Date & Time Settings, when that opens select Change Time Zone, then click on the little arrow & scroll down to your time zone & select it, then click OK & be sure to click the Apply button before closing.
My own clock and timezone are ok, I mean my timezone on here is wrong. Or it looks to be that way to me. It shows 7pm here in Scotland but my posting times are 7 hours behind, Central America time.
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16 Feb 2017   #14
ochaye13

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

To Schrade, My GX520 will be going on Linux, no choice on that now. My 755 is staying on W7 pro for the time being. I've already had a terrible 12 days with my venture into Linux, and it still isn't over. Got lots to sort out with that. The last thing I need is 2 computers with problems caused by Linux.
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16 Feb 2017   #15
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ochaye13 View Post
My own clock and timezone are ok, I mean my timezone on here is wrong. Or it looks to be that way to me. It shows 7pm here in Scotland but my posting times are 7 hours behind, Central America time.
To set your time zone on Seven Forums, click on User CP at the top of the page, when that opens look down the LH margin & under Settings & Options, select Edit Options, when that opens scroll down to Date & Time & you will see where you can set the Time Zone. You might want to set the DST as well.

Most Important. When you have finished making changes, scroll down to the bottom & select Save Changes.
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16 Feb 2017   #16
Schrade

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ochaye13 View Post
To Schrade, My GX520 will be going on Linux, no choice on that now. My 755 is staying on W7 pro for the time being. I've already had a terrible 12 days with my venture into Linux, and it still isn't over. Got lots to sort out with that. The last thing I need is 2 computers with problems caused by Linux.
Linux doesn't 'cause problems'. Linux does nothing that the user doesn't tell it to do. Sometimes THAT can be a problem, but that's only because we don't understand what WE told Linux to do. And human nature is "I'm not bothering to learn more stuff - too much work".

We like Windows, because it does everything for us. It doesn't do it for free tho', just like government. Government charges taxes, including to do things for us that we DON'T want done, or benefit from.

Like the cloning app. Free? Hardly; nothing is 'free'. The person who you've let into your house to do a job might have done a perfect job, but they're still in your house afterward... .
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17 Feb 2017   #17
ochaye13

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Firstly, as I started out researching Linux before going ahead, checking I had everything needed to download, burn and load a live version of Mint, I was advised 18.1 Cinnamon, I go ahead with the boot from usb into Mint live. Despite seeing a warning of software rendering mode, I was told to go ahead and install. I foolishly did. Altho I had a boot menu with Linux and importantly XP there, I thought ok then I still have XP to work with. It was the wrong version of mint for my computer. I then followed instructions on how to uninstall/delete Linux. That's when the real problems began. On rebooting I was met with a blank screen, an error message and grub rescue:. The only part I played in all of this was to follow instructions and advice. After 2 days hunting around and trying out several fixes that did not work, I go on Linux forum for help. Some guy on there had me doing all sorts for 4hrs, which seemed to be my giving him all specs and information about my computer. No solution was coming anytime soon. He told me Cinnamon was wrong for me and maybe MATE would be a better option. I thought that if something had been deleted with Cinnamon to cause these problems then surely trying to replace it could be a good thing. So I go ahead with Mint MATE, its all looking good so far, until I am at the partition stage of install. At this time I am sure XP is there and can be retrieved to a working order in the boot menu. The guy tells me to let Mint take the whole disk or something like and things can be fixed after. Oh no, XP and all my files are gone. From here on it looks like I have a dead computer because Linux won't boot. So after hours of messing about with this I find that the only way I can get Linux to boot is from Start Linux with more options> Start Linux in recovery mode> Resume Linux. I have did everything I think can be done to update grub, update drivers, update everything. But I still have to go thru these ways to get into Linux now on the GX520. Tonight I scrubbed the hard drive, re-installed Linux and basically started again. I am happy to go ahead with Linux now, it looks a good thing. But Linux does not come without its problems, some things that are not stated in help forums which maybe should be, as in trying to get it booted in the first place, these ways that I figured out on my own, nobody told me. And if Linux is so easy, then why are the forums full of people with much the same issues that I have.? It is not as straight as you are trying to suggest. But trial and error is a good learning curve. Maybe there are problems with this computer, but 2 weeks ago it was a perfectly decent machine. I had not long upgraded the memory from 2gb to 4gb, it was doing great. Now it looks like I need a new hard drive according to Linux forum guy, I'll change the cmos battery as soon as the others get here, I have taken it apart, cleaned and rebuilt it, the mobo seems ok altho a bit dated. After I get the hard drive issue sorted in the 755, as said before, the 160gb hdd will go it to this. Hopefully then I will have a fully working machine that boots to Linux without problems.
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17 Feb 2017   #18
ochaye13

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
To set your time zone on Seven Forums, click on User CP at the top of the page, when that opens look down the LH margin & under Settings & Options, select Edit Options, when that opens scroll down to Date & Time & you will see where you can set the Time Zone. You might want to set the DST as well.

Most Important. When you have finished making changes, scroll down to the bottom & select Save Changes.
Thanks, got that sorted.
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17 Feb 2017   #19
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You are welcome & glad to hear it helped.
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27 Feb 2017   #20
ochaye13

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I seem to have the cloning done ok with reflect, inserted and installed in my 755. Seem to have teething troubles in initial booting but it is booting up ok. I think I need to sort things in the bios.? Only real concern I have here is, the new hdd is not showing as a 500gb but it is exactly the same as the 160gb I cloned from. Basically it has cloned exactly and now looks to be a 160gb.? Have I done something wrong, or is there things I still need to do.? If anyone see's this and can offer any advice, thank you.
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