I'm hoping to keep it going for a few more years so I decided to do a final upgrade - a cheap Sandisk SSD.
After the easy-peasy experience with installing Linux on an SSD I have to say that doing the same thing with Windows 10 is a PITA.
My desktop case didn't have anywhere to screw down a 2.5 inch drive, so I got an adapter bracket that I could screw the SSD to and then it fit nicely into a tool less 3.5 inch drive bay - lots of those available. Then I had to hook up the SSD to a SATA III port and power it up.
Next I used my AOMEI Backupper program to clone the existing drive. The SSD is smaller than the original HDD. The first time I tried the clone it failed and the SSD wouldn't boot. So I reformatted the SSD and tried again. The second time it worked.
I have disconnected the old spinner drive for now and i"ll run off the SSD for a bit. If all goes well I plan to reformat the old drive and then transfer the Documents, Music and Pictures from the SSD back to the HDD to free up a bit of space on the SSD. Again you have to do that carefully within Windows so you don't screw up the folder access.
My advice is if you have a Linux and Windows machine, start off with Linux if you want to put in an SSD. You can get by with a much smaller and cheaper drive when you don't have to clone the whole enchilada.
Edited by raymac46, 03 February 2017 - 11:08 AM.