Upgrade day

January 9, 2016

I built my computer way back in December 2013, and now it's time for its first upgrade. When I built it I went with a 64gb solid state drive to use as the boot drive. 64GB isn't much, and for the last year I've been struggling with Windows complaining about a lack of space on C:. Those days are over! Be gone, tiny SSD!

I decided to buy a 1TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD to the old 64GB drive, and seeng as I was replacing my boot drive I figured now seemed like a good time to upgrade my operating system as well. Hello Windows 10!

Upgrade complete, and Windows 10 wasn't recognising my data hard drive. This was a 1TB spinning rust drive that has basically all of my stuff on it. While I'm fairly sure all my data is backed up, I'm not quite at the I-can-take-a-hammer-to-my-pc-and-everything-will-be-fine stage. Turns out, that disk was a dynamic disk which wouldn't mount under Windows 10. I guess it was missing some required metadata or something, I'm not really sure, but I was able to convert it to a basic disk without losing any data and have Windows 10 recognise it.

Future plans

At some point soon I'd like to rebuild my PC on a mini ITX form factor, but that will have to wait until I update my processor. I would also like a 4K monitor, but that will also have to wait for a price drop.

The next thing I'm definitely going to upgrade will be my graphics card, which I'll probably do next year. My GTX660 is still managing 1080p60 with the games that I play, so I'm in no hurry to upgrade it at the moment. After that, maybe the following year, I'll probably do the CPU and motherboard upgrade so I'll be able to build it into a much smaller case. The next storage upgrade will happen when 1TB NVMe SSDs are affordable.