Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered
When I compare benchmarks and Macrium Reflect backup times for the same 2.5″ HDD in USB-C and USB 3.0 enclosures, I’m stunned to observe the USB 3.0 results are better than those for USB-C. Must be the hardware!
Over the past few weeks, I have had an interesting, ongoing fight with one of my laptops. All my life, I’ve never fought as much with a single device, just trying to get an operating system to work as expected. First, the problem came from the Windows Admin Center (WAC). It caused a GSOD every
Knowing that an NVMe SSD in a USB-C enclosure will be faster than an M.2 in USB 3.0, I’m tickled when the speed ratio turns out better than 3:1 for Macrium Reflect backup.
I just bought an 8 GB Toshiba Performance X300 drive. It cost me just under US$200. I got it to use for backup, but also to consolidate holdings from a bunch of smaller disk drives currently installed on my production PC. Just for grins, I compared the total time to back up that system today,
Macrium Reflect is my chosen solution for backing up Windows operating systems. Your mileage might vary, and you might prefer another third-party solution. But for me, having tested most available products, Reflect is the one I rely on. After a clean install of Windows, having installed Reflect, I always create a small bootable Macrium Reflect
We’ve all seen the dreaded Recovery screen or another error message reporting that the PC could not boot. Sometimes, nothing is shown, just a blank black screen. A common repair/recovery method is to try to boot into the Windows Recovery Console either from USB install media or WinPE and let Windows try to repair the
Microsoft officially proclaimed they will deprecate the native Windows Backup when it released the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) back in October, 2017 (source). The company also recommended that users switch to third party imaging and backup tools instead. In fact, the Windows Backup utility, although still present in version 19H1, is not and never
A few days ago I wrote about my efforts in upgrading a Windows Insider build from 18898 to 18908 (full story). Despite several successful upgrades to new Insider builds beforehand, that upgrade failed every time. I tried everything I could think of, and everything I know, to fix this, but failed miserably on all attempts.
When it comes to Windows management, network administration, deployment and other computing stuff, I want to do as much as possible using built-in Windows tools and utilities. As I have often said, I use no third party optimizers, tweakers, downloaders, cleaners and other snake oil stuff. For me, the main principle in Windows management and