Paul is vision impaired and has an eight year old iMac. How can he update it? Leo says that as long as he can update it to the latest OS, he'll be OK, and it sounds like Paul's is updated. But sooner or later, the machine will be left behind. Should he buy a new one? Leo says these days, computers aren't that much faster from one model to another. The improvement in speed really comes with a solid state hard drive and faster memory, though.
Paul wants to know how to get his SSD to run as fast as it did when he first got it. Leo says that SSDs can slow down a little over time and there's a command called TRIM, which can fix it if his OS supports it. It's like garbage collection. If he runs a defrag on the SSD, it will force the drive to TRIM. Leo recommends he do this very rarely though, because it can affect the even wearing of the drive. Will it make it that much faster? Not really. It might help a little, but he'll have to decide if it's worth the trouble.
Alan is looking for a new laptop. He wants to transcode video with it. What specs should he look for? A faster processor, more cores, more RAM, and even a faster hard drive will all make a difference.
Zach's dad is getting him a new computer. What should he get? Leo says that an i5 processor with at least 8GB or RAM and a 256GB SSD drive will set Zach up nicely.
Dale is having issues with his Windows Vista PC where programs will just stop running. He gets a time out message that the program is not responding. Leo has a hunch that the program is just running really, really slow and it's likely the hard drive is getting flakey. Leo advises backing up the data and replacing the drive. Leo recommends going with a solid state hard drive. They're getting less expensive now and it'll be far faster. Then he can use a spinning drive for his data.
Robert wants to upgrade his MacBook Pro into an SSD and then clone his hard drive to it. Leo says to use SuperDuper to clone the drive to an external drive, then copy it to the SSD. He should just make sure he has a large enough drive. Go to MacSales.com. They offer great stuff and will walk him through the process.
David wants to get his wife a tablet that can work as a laptop. Leo likes the Lenovo Yoga. But the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has the best screen. It's not cheap, but people rave about it. Leo recommends to always go solid state. It'll be faster and lighter, but they're more expensive than a spinning drive.
David is going to be upgrading his laptop, but he's concerned because his Samsung SSDs have onboard encryption and he's not sure what laptops would support it. Leo says that the encryption has always been around, but EVO is a new standard. EVO is a self encrypting drive and even the BIOS doesn't have to handle that. So he'll probably be OK if his SSD is EVO.
Jamie wants to rip hundreds of DVDs and compress them on his computer. Leo says that's a great idea. But since Jamie has an SSD, it would be a good idea to get an external drive. Jamie is worried about bumpy roads, though. Leo says SSDs would be better for that, since they don't have moving parts. But hard drives also should be able to handle that. Still, Leo says he understands the concern. Either way would work, and it won't be hard on the hard drive to do the ripping. Sold state would be ideal for a trucker's computer, but the cost per gig is much more.
Tom wants to get a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Should he get a hard drive or SSD? Leo says that if he gets the MacBook Pro, he can still get an SSD and it's worth it unless he gets the low end model. Leo doesn't recommend getting that one though. The MacBook Air is great for travel because it's so lightweight. And an SSD is so much faster. Anything else just feels too slow.