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Topic # 223951 25-Oct-2017 16:50
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Got an SSD lying around the place. Asked the IT department if I can swap the HDD of my desktop with my SSD. They said no can't be done.

 

Is there any risk to the company in doing so?





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  Reply # 1889399 25-Oct-2017 16:51
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Yep.  Along with risk to your job depending on what kind of IT policy you signed when you started (assuming you're thinking of doing it yourself).


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  Reply # 1889433 25-Oct-2017 17:15
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Did you ask them why it cannot be done? Potential reasons: hardware warranty; company's policy; too lazy busy IT technicians; etc. 




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  Reply # 1889436 25-Oct-2017 17:27
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Did you ask them why it cannot be done? Potential reasons: hardware warranty; company's policy; too lazy busy IT technicians; etc. 

 

 

It only took them 3 weeks to respond to my initial query.

 

I shudder to think what would happen if I persued the issue. They might choke on their angry birds game or sabotage my PC.





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  Reply # 1889438 25-Oct-2017 17:29
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gehenna:

 

Yep.  Along with risk to your job depending on what kind of IT policy you signed when you started (assuming you're thinking of doing it yourself).

 

 

No I was about to do it myself when they didn't respond, but ^%$& they responded saying no, so I'm not planning to go against that to gain a few seconds here and there for the rest of my life.

 

Would be easier to use my own laptop (some of my colleagues do that!)





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  Reply # 1889469 25-Oct-2017 17:54
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The biggest risk is you will become too efficient at your job and they'll need to pay your more :)




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  Reply # 1889471 25-Oct-2017 18:00
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SSD is really the light and day breath into older work machines... is a shame they aren't keen on it.

 

 

 

the way you mention others bringing their own devices seems to imply that there may not be many corporate controls around this though..

 

we have a decent BYOD system here where applicable, Although for what i need it for... I certainly prefer to stick with office supplied and keeping that work/home life totally separate.





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  Reply # 1889483 25-Oct-2017 18:32
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I would say no, too. Nek minit IT having to provide support for for the install or related failures. Not to mention everyone suddenly demanding they also get an SSD.

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  Reply # 1889488 25-Oct-2017 18:52
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macrium reflect https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree as it states its free, just clone the drive and swap them over job done lol

 

 




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  Reply # 1889498 25-Oct-2017 19:22
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macrium reflect https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree as it states its free, just clone the drive and swap them over job done lol

 

 

 

 

I know, that was the plan when they suddenly replied. #!!





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  Reply # 1889500 25-Oct-2017 19:28
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It only took them 3 weeks to respond to my initial query.

 

 

I suspect your query is very low on the list of priorities.  It would certainly be near the bottom of my team's todo with everything else that happens during a day in an IT department.  


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  Reply # 1889506 25-Oct-2017 19:49
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I honestly dont understand companies that wont spend $100/computer for a SSD.  If you can improve your employee's productivity by a day (I'm being heavy on the time to pay it back) over a year then it'll pay for itself well within the lifetime of that computer. Wouldn't be surprised if you could get half a day a month back in productivity! Its almost going to pay for itself every month.

 

The company will have less frustrated staff too.  Hard to measure that.


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  Reply # 1889509 25-Oct-2017 19:54
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company is turning down a free SSD that's surprising 


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  Reply # 1889518 25-Oct-2017 20:26
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They’re not turning down a free SSD - I’m certain they won’t get to keep it should its owner decide they want it back

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  Reply # 1889521 25-Oct-2017 20:34
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A few reasons:

 

1 - Every man and their dog now complaining that they want an SSD.

 

2 - You might be the type of guy who complains about everything, and they're being d1cks to you.

 

3 - Driver issues to do with the specific build they're running. (E.G. We had about 5 hours worth of work getting our SSD's to work with our Win 7 32bit builds)

 

4 - Time/budget it'll take to transfer your stuff/perform the work as a once-off activity, which probably wouldn't be covered under BAU and would have be funded from a discretionary budget (which they clearly don't want to do).

 

5 - They don't want to introduce an unknown component into their hardware fleet, just another thing to worry about warranty.

 

6 - They don't know how old the SSD is, or how many write cycles is has left, and would rather not task a risk on an older component.

 

 

 

I'm sure I could think of more.. But there are plenty of reasons for them to not want to do it.

 

 

 

Edit: thought of a few more.. 

 

 

 

7 - Potential down-time for you while they're swapping out your machine.

 

8 - The device is still owned by you personally and it's not worth the legal departments time or energy 'buying' it from you for legality sake.

 

9 - Even wiped it still used to contain your private data and they don't want anything personal on their network that may able to be restored.

 

10 - Some viruses can reside on MBR and survive formats, so potentially bringing in a foreign virus on your machine. 

 

 

 

I work for a governmental agency, and we have to be so stupidly careful with stuff like this. 

 

To be honest I'd reject your request as well. Or at least have to make your bosses very well aware of all of the points above.


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  Reply # 1889549 25-Oct-2017 20:55
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I can't see any circumstance where this would be acceptable in any company big enough to have an IT department. 





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