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05 June 2016 @ 12:38 pm
New computer!  
I set my new computer up, as well as the external hard drive that Newegg paid me to take off their hands--it cost $90 for a 2 TB external hard drive, and I got a -$120 sale credit for the bundle, and with an offer like that, how am I going to turn it down--and spent Thursday to Friday taking all the data off my old computer and transferring it to my new one. As of the time of this post, it's pretty much done. I have a Backup folding sitting on my desktop with some of my old User folder in it still in case there are any saved games or setting files that I'm going to want, but once the Backblaze backup of my new computer is finished, I'm going to wipe the external HD and copy over my new computer's settings, and everything will be fixed.

I have run into a few problems with the new computer, though, mostly related to finally have separate OS and data drives and using Windows 10. Here's some thoughts:
  • Rarely have I longed for the days of DOS games, where everything was stored inside the game directory in a folder marked "Save," as much as I did when copying user files over. The User folder is a snarled mess of data from programs everywhere, and I have basically no hope of ever untangling it. Steam Cloud saves got most of them back and the only other games I'm in the middle of are games that do store their saves in a folder mark Save, but I wish people would come up with some kind of system.

  • Now that I have the OS on a smallish SSD, I have to worry about programs that don't give you a choice of where to install them. Windows lets you move the Documents, Music, and so on folders, which takes care of a lot of it, but I had to solve the problem of iTunes storing all backups on the OS drive, which is a problem with a 64 gb iPhone, a 128 gb iPad, and 128 gb SSD. I found a program that makes an NTFS Junction automatically and lets you decide where the backups go, so I moved them onto D: where they belong. But really, as multi-drive setups like this get more common, this is only going to happen more and more often.

  • I only have six USB ports here. The old computer had ten, which means I don't have enough for all my peripherals. Fortunately, I don't need them all at the same time, but it still requires me to do more plugging and unplugging than I had to.

  • The lack of start menu is disconcerting, and I didn't realize that Cortana had taken over the start menu's functions, though with a ton of clutter from the internet. Once I cut off all of Cortana's internet access, the box says "Search Windows," which is exactly what I want.

  • Goodreader wifi sync to my iPad doesn't work anymore. I have no idea whose fault this is.

That said, I'm pretty happy overall. Modded Skyrim, which on my old computer hit the VRAM memory limit all the time just with walking around the countryside, runs smooth as butter with the High-rez texture pack enabled on my new machine. It's fast and quiet, with even the GPU under load not making much noise (and speedfan tells me it doesn't get above 80 C, which is what it's supposed to do since NVidia has a program designed to overclock it to that temperature). As long as it doesn't collapse into flames in the first thirty days, I should be set for a while.

I named it after Sovereign, the only Reaper who was actually interesting. I think it's time to go back to my old tradition of computers named after AIs. Skynet and Helios never gave me any problems at all.
 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: The Crüxshadows - Sophia
 
 
 
q99q99 on June 5th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
-I only have six USB ports here. The old computer had ten, which means I don't have enough for all my peripherals. Fortunately, I don't need them all at the same time, but it still requires me to do more plugging and unplugging than I had to.-

Maybe get a USB hub?


(And, hah, I have 4 and don't even use 'em all ^^)
dorchadasdorchadas on June 6th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
Mouse, keyboard, webcam, headphones, gamepad, lightning connector, other gamepa whoops out of space.

Realistically I don't need all of them hooked up all the time, but it's something I haven't had to consider before!
q99q99 on June 7th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
Hm, for me I just have, Keyboard (+mouse goes in here), and printer/scanner. Cam's part of the screen, and I lack gamepads...