For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my laptop, instead of the monstrous workstation I purchased a few years ago. I’ll tell you one thing, I like the laptop a lot better.
The workstation was loud and hot. It would warm up the room I was working in quite a bit. That’s nice during the winter months, but come summer, not so much. Also, the workstation uses a lot of electricity. I’m not drawing any conclusions just yet, but our electricity bill has dropped about $30 month over month, compared to last year. Running that workstation sucked up a lot of power.
The thing is though – it was a beast. It could handle anything I threw at it. Now, I don’t do a lot of processor intensive work, I just do a lot of memory intensive, high volume work. Most of the time it’s backups and things like that. Working with thousands and thousands of files takes it’s toll on a computer.
Since I started working on the laptop, I figured that I should get comfortable. I picked up a nice 22″ LED monitor and am using my normal keyboard and mouse. I also work with an external hard drive that I can swap to any computer I decide to use for the day. It’s very nice and mobile, to say the least.
Working with an external hard drive has its challenges though – and one of them is making sure all data is backed up on another external hard drive. I don’t trust hard drives in general and external ones haven’t really been close to the top of the list in that respect.
I use Microsoft SyncToy to perform my backups. I sync everything from my main C: to my external G: and F: drives. It’s a simple and fairly powerful program. The only thing is, if I have a lot of files, it will use all of the RAM I have available. Twice now I’ve had to actually restart the computer by pushing the power button. If you work on computers a lot, you know how that feels.
A few days ago, I was running my normal backups and had to restart the computer in a less than elegant way. This prompted me to make a visit over to Crucial.com for a RAM upgrade. My laptop had 4GB of RAM and I wanted to upgrade it to 8GB. Actually, I wanted to upgrade it to 16GB, but Crucial suggested 8GB. I wasn’t in the arguing mood, so I just got the 8GB.
I stalled the RAM yesterday and things have been smooth sailing. I took a few photos for those of you who are planning on upgrading the RAM in your own Dell Inspiron laptop.