The new-to-me old computer has landed here at bucolic TOP Rural HQ. The entire sprawling enterprise has transitioned and all is well.
It seems to be working fine. Everything is up and running...even my brand-new 10-day trial of Affinity Photo, which looks to be a simplified clean-sheet Photoshop without all the graphics and prepress stuff and less of that fathomless inscrutability and endless redundancy for which Photoshop is famous.
Note: the time it takes to upload your data from a backup onto a new computer is the same kind of time they tortured you with in 7th-grade French class in the final five minutes before lunch. I.e., a very, very slow kind of time, in which "for-[effing]-ever" is packed into some interminable-seeming but eventually actually finite number of minutes or hours.
Revitalize your computer
Many of you know this better than I do, but for those who might not...if you're using an older computer that has a hard disk drive (HDD) and have been thinking about a new computer, consider upgrading to a solid-state drive (SSD) instead. My new-to-me 2012 Mini has a 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, a brand and model that gets very good reviews both from reviewers and from users and has a five-year guarantee. The SSD in the new Mini and in my laptop make a huge difference in speed and "snappiness," and with this higher-spec'd computer (actually, my new Mini is the highest-spec'd computer I've ever owned, even though it's a 2012 model) it's even more pronounced. If you don't want to switch it out yourself, computer repair shops and many dealers will do it for you for a modest fee. This especially makes sense if your HDD is older...as we're often told, "all hard drives fail eventually."
Other "refurbs" you can do to your old computer, I'm told, are: 1) have it cleaned, 2) add more memory, 3) do a clean install of the latest operating system, and 4) replace the heatsink grease under the CPU. [Thanks to Steve Greenwood for number 4. —Ed.]
...But I'll bet an SSD will make the biggest difference by far. You might not need a new computer at all!
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Jim in Denver: "Yes. SSD is the single best thing you can do to speed up a computer. It's jaw-droppingly faster. Much-newer-computer faster. One of those things that's hard to comprehend until you experience it yourself."
John Krill (partial comment): "You're right about the SSD making a huge difference in the speed of computers. For over 30 years I worked on computers and for all those years, putting more memory in made the biggest difference. But all that has changed with SSDs. I too purchased a 1 TB Samsung SSD and it was the easiest install of hardware or software I have encountered in years. If you can't afford or don't need the 1 TB, the smaller SSDs are very affordable. Just get one. You will not regret it."
Steve Greenwood: "My local computer guy also swears by renewing the heat sink grease under the CPU. Cheap, takes only a minute and can't hurt."