This had to happen at some time, computers do not last forever.
My harddisk in a computer from 2012 just got very noisy and slow. :((
The computer has been running 24/7 since I bought it, i.e. that harddisk has run for many hours. It has never really gone into sleep, because it has always been logging data.
The computer was a fairly cheap laptop and I have ordered a new one. I will be interesting to see if there are any problems getting my usb serial devices to work again.
I could also have ordered a new harddisk and tried copying the old disk, but my confidence it would work is rather low (Due to the noise).
As long as I get the test station up and running within a few weeks it will not affect my battery reviews.
The only potential trouble is the usb serial ports (I did have some trouble with them when I updated my main computer recently, but the hardware is not the same).
The only software I install on the computer is backup software to my NAS and my logging software.
But I am going to have one serious problem with windows 10, I cannot accept random reboots, they will slow down my battery test and lower the quality of the tests.
I wonder if windows will work if I switch it to manual IP address without a router.
When windows reboots due to an update. On my main computer the desktop also crashes at regular intervals (maybe once a month), I do not hope it is common for Win10.
If you use the computer it may be possible to postpone the update to a acceptable time, but my test stations are running unattended and I only start the logging program every few days.
Linux would probably be a much better environment for my test stations, than windows. But before I could do that I would need to add serial port support for linux to my logging software.
Auto updates, can be turned off, or notification only, or set it to only install updates at a certain time. I have a Dell with i7 processor, and it has never crashed, not even once. Just strip all the unnecessary software off it.
I’m a pretty much 100% Linux user, so I would of course recommend you switch your new rig to that. But with that being said, I do have a Windows 10 Professional installation in a VM, and in the Professional and only the Professional edition, you can indeed disable the Windows Update service completely and you won’t get any unexpected updates/reboots.
What were you running on the PC that crashed. If 7. Install that on the new machine
If you have problems with new machine get a new drive and just reload windows on old machine I’d do that anyway for a backup machine unless it’s running some outdated cpu
Yep, good point, I’m not recommending to never update it, but just to take control of when it happens. Then again, in my case my only usage of Windows is a VM that I occasionally boot up for one single task and don’t use for Internet browsing and don’t install additional programs, so it’s pretty safe either way.