My gaming PC Windows 10 started acting out, it wouldn't successfully run any updates. I tried couple of tricks, but even data-preserving re-install wouldn't fix the problem. It was time to sort the problem, for good. The obvious sequence would be to re-install everything and get the system up and working properly again.
Doing such a radical thing wouldn't make any sense if I'd lose all of my precious data while doing it. So, I chose to put my hand to the wallet and go shopping for a new SSD. That way I could copy the files from old drive without losing anything.
This is what I got:
A Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD. It was supposed to be much faster than my old one, which was pretty fast already.
Installation into Asus motherboard:
The M.2-slot is behind a block of aluminium acting as a heat sink. All cards, including the GPU needed to be yanked off first, then three screws undone before getting a glipse of the old 1 TiB M.2 SSD.
Note: In my MoBo, there is a second, non-heatsink, slot for what I was about to do. Transfer data from old drive to new one. I think it is meant to be used as a temporary thing as the drive is sticking out and isn't properly fastened.
Putting it all together, installing Windows 10 20H2 and running a benchmark:
Twice the performance! Every time you can boost your PC into 2X of anything, you'll be sure to notice it. And yup! Booting, starting applications or games. Oh, the speed.
Note: In a few years, the above benchmark numbers will seem very slow and obsolete. Before that happens, I'll be sure to enjoy the doubled speed.