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Old 02-04-2020, 02:27 PM   #1
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I was looking at this hard drive ...
https://www.newegg.com/western-digit...quicklink=true

So I can install linux on two systems. I heard linux and windows 7 doesn't work well together on a dual boot.

I am done with windows ... I want to keep windows 7 so I can keep flying with M$ flight sim software. I am going to linux so I can continue to shop safely on line.

Will that hard drive work with the rigs listed in my sig?

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Yes.

The Intel rig will be fine with a 2.5" SATA III SSD, the AMD (B350 GAMING PLUS ?) would be better off with an M.2 (Key M) 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110 version (faster).
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That is an SSD drive, not a hard drive.
SSD = Solid State Drive
HDD = Hard Disk Drive
It will work just fine, after all, it's just a SATA drive like the hard disks that are in your rigs. Upgrading to Windows 10 is still unofficially free as of today as long as you have a validly licensed copy of Windows 7. While I respect your choice to avoid Windows 10 going forward, I suspect you've been grossly misinformed about it. Have you given ANY Linux distro a test run to see if it will suffice for your daily online presence and computing needs? If you haven't, and have been waiting to cross that bridge when you get to it, then you might be in for quite a "culture shock". Do your homework regarding moving to Linux from Windows. I believe there is a recent thread discussing Linux distros for those migrating from Windows. Search for it. I'll post its link when I find it. There are other external discussions and articles regarding the same, just search for them. I'd rather not have this discussed further on this thread because it's off-topic as regards the scope of the title. Consider this thread asked and answered. Feel free to ask any unanswered questions regarding switching to Linux on a separate thread in the right subforum.
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Yes.

The Intel rig will be fine with a 2.5" SATA III SSD, the AMD (B350 GAMING PLUS ?) would be better off with an M.2 (Key M) 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110 version (faster).

What is a M.2 (Key M) 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110?
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It's a more recent, smaller SSD design, usually faster than SATA III as it's connected to either 2x (B) and/or 4x (M) lanes on the PCI bus: https://rog.asus.com/articles/guides...hich-is-which/

In the case of the WDC M2, a select-able option on your link, it's only about the same speed as the best SATA III's, so it likely won't feel any faster than the plain Jane version.
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Would this be the correct M.2 drive for the AMD rig?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Dig...0bb4e60be7c29a
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Would this be the correct M.2 drive for the AMD rig?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Dig...0bb4e60be7c29a
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Would this be the correct M.2 drive for the AMD rig?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Dig...0bb4e60be7c29a
That's a WDC Black 250GB, probably faster but half the capacity.

Blue version (as in OP URL): https://www.newegg.com/western-digit...82E16820250091
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