Never buy a laptop with below usb 3.0 ports and always use a SSD

It took me 18 hours to backup a customers 1tb hard drive :rage: :rage: :rage:.

Hey, imagine you’re gearing up for a digital adventure, right? You’ve got your laptop all picked out, ready to dive into the endless seas of data. But here’s the kicker: you’re checking out the specs, and guess what? The laptop you’re eyeing doesn’t have any USB 3.0 ports. Yeah, it’s like realizing your car has a speed limit of 50km/h in a highway.

So, USB 2.0, it’s like the slowpoke of the digital world, with a max speed of 480 Mbps. Meanwhile, USB 3.0 is like the Ferrari, zooming along at up to 5 Gbps. Big difference, right? Going with USB 2.0 means you’re signing up for slow data transfers and frustrating waits just to get stuff done.

Now, let’s talk storage. Ever heard of SSDs? They’re like the superheroes of storage. Lightning-fast read and write speeds mean your laptop boots up and loads apps quicker than you can say “go.” Plus, they’re tough cookies, no moving parts to worry about. So, combine USB 3.0’s speed with an SSD, and you’ve got yourself a high-speed digital adventure, my friend. Smooth sailing all the way!

We use USB-C to transfer bulk data. Who still uses HDD as the primary drive?

So, I can just buy any SSD? or it will depend on the laptop specs?

yeah USB-c is better as I believe its a universal port that will replace all ports even VGA.

Lots of Kenyans still use HDD na ukimwambia alete 2,500 umwekee 128gb ssd ikuwe ya os alafu hio hdd utamfanyia external anaona nikuuza unauza. Alafu ana shinda akicomplain vyenye laptop ni slow. Surprisingly after convincing them to change to ssd unasikia mtu anasema “iko fast siku hizi ulifanyia nini?”. I did nothing you were the one using ancient tech.

Don’t let me even begin with people with celeron processors or running windows on 2gb ram.


Hata simu sikuhizi comes with at least 4GB RAM and multicore processors. Any PC with less than 16GB and 8 cores will struggle to work with a Windows 10/11 OS.

Your laptop needs a sata connector or for modern laptops a nvme connector, most laptops(2005+) have sata connectors, SSD’s come in two sizes 2.5" and 3.5", most laptops support 2.5" ssds. a 2.5" SSD with a sata connector will look something like this
NVME SSDS look like this

99% of the time you need a 2.5" sata ssd

I have yet to meet anyone in Kenya bringing me a laptop containing nvme

the easiest way in my experience to kill a HDD is to make it external/portable… one is better using it as an archive storage, if you go SSD go full SSD kabisa.

Ubaya naskia when they clap out, unlike HDD they do so without warning, and getting your data our is next to impossible…

true but depends on your purpose

I have installed windows 10 32bit on supermarkets POS with atom processors and 1gb ram that only need to run a webpage or a single app and it ran fine.

I have also installed windows 10 64 bit on 2gb cheap laptops run fine but again one app at a time.

Ideally I recommend for home light use windows 10 64 bit
-4gb ram
-2cores 1.6ghz+

for smooth operations
-8gb ram
-4cores 2.2ghz+

for heavy duty users
-16gb ram
-8cores 3.2 ghz+

double the specs for windows 11.

If you have a laptop with 2gb and below run linux mint xfce(uses 600mb of ram at idle).

Android is getting huge and bloated every version they release.
android 1.0 needed 200 MHz processor, 32 MB of RAM, and 32 MB of storage.
While android 13 uses 2GB of ram to simply turn on with no background apps in use. this is more then windows 11 uses which is 1.5GB.


ukweli HDD don’t have a long life, I have hundreds laying around that I use for archiving only. Yeah enda mble na usiangalie nyuma full ssd.

Yeah kama tu flash disk, same technology storing data as electrons. HDD uikipelekea specialists they can recover juu data is stored magnetically.

I bought a 10th gen Intel based laptop 3 years ago and has a nvme drive. You are not representing any one. Meffi

10th gen of what?? core-13 10th gen??

NVME was released in 2011 and become common in high-end laptops kitu 5 years later.
Kenya is a low end - mid range laptop dumping ground.

NVME’s are not common in kenya, sija sema haziko, I have yet to encounter one being brought for repair(most laptops need service every 5-7 years you purchased yours 3 years ago), you also belong to the few percent who could afford a high end laptop 3 years ago.
even SSD’s are still catching up in the country.
It might take another 5 - 7 years for NVME’s to be a common place thing but for now the average kenyan is happy using an SSD

Stop being a bonobo communicate your point without including vulgar language


Thought hii ni convo ya kitambo, few laptops come with HDD nowadays

True its dead tech, however most kenyans don’t buy modern new laptops.

They either buy old new laptops(lenovo ideapad e.t.c) or refurbrished laptops(hp elitebook e.t.c)

Elder what ssd brand do you sell to your customers?!!

Coz they don’t break easily

Since Kenyans are cheap I use the following cheap Chinese brands:-

  1. Lexar model ns100
    I import them cheap from aliexpress(around $8 for 256gb)

But ukitaka a solid brand na pesa si shida, I recommend.

  1. Samsung

Expect to pay 3-5x the price of the cheap ones. Example a samsung 870 Evo SSD price ranges 12-14k while golden fir 500gb ranges 4.5k-6k.

True also the nvme protocol is much better than sata iii

I have a 12GB lappie with 4 cores running windows 11 just fine. Sometimes I get the impression tech guys huwa mnatutisha tu bure. For a lot of us our laptop needs are quite modest, just basic office work and zoom meetings


Your laptop is just fine for the basic applications, as you put it. Serious tech applications goes beyond laptops because of computational, power and cooling demands. For my case, I had to purchase a $ 5,000 desktop (64 core, 128GB RAM, NVIDIA 1080 ti graphics card) for the deep-learning application. Still, the desktop would freeze when training models. Tech language has different levels of applications.

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Affordable and reliable 1TB SSD which one would you recommend?

affordable(cheap) and reliable never go together pick one

reliable check out samsung
affordable check out goldenfir