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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:38:20 -0500
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In article<>, Bill W<> wrote:

> >> As I understand it, 
> >
> >you don't.
> >> should only take seconds to boot.
> >
> >unless the drive is defective, which given his description, is what the
> >problem is.
> Well I did what any reasonable person would not do, and continued with
> the science experiment. I downloaded some free SMART reading software,
> and there are 30 current pending sectors. Googling that, what seemed
> to appear in every result was "replace the drive now". So I guess I
> will.

exactly as i suspected.

for smart testing, this is among the best, and even supports smart over
usb (with compatible bridges):

> Getting back on-topic, SSD's and more memory to help with photo
> editing have been discussed many times on this group. LR is very slow
> on this laptop when doing demanding tasks, such as spot removal when
> the "spot" is very big. I'm maxed out at 8 GB memory, and I was going
> to find out just how much difference the SSD would make, and then post
> the results here. It should be of some interest to some people. If it
> will rejuvenate an old laptop, people can save money considering the
> low prices of the drives these days. 

an ssd can make a *huge* difference in performance, even though it's
still bottlenecked by sata.

also keep in mind that depending on the sata controller in the system,
some ssds may not negotiate the fastest possible speeds.

> I still plan to do that, but I'm not sure when I'll get back to
> downloading Windows and installing it.