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    • I parked a bunch in a 1 year CD at 2.2%. 
    • YW Ray, and thank you for saying so.
    • Filthy, I've posted this here for several years but most folks can't even figure out how to use the recovery USB. The first time I used it I was lost for a minute but finally found the button to restore from a pre-made image. When your data is lost or corrupt the last thing you want is no experience with the non-intuitive recovery stick. I always get computers without SSDs if I can, becauseI can buy one for the same or less than the added cost in buying new. And by doing my own, I end up with a faster system, and the original HDD as removed. 1. Get some 16 GB USB 3 thumb drives, then on each computer make one a recovery USB drive. Go here and learn how: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/be-prepared-create-a-windows-10-recovery-drive/ Now for the confusing to me when I was angry and trying to do a recovery but couldn't find what I needed. Once you make your recovery drive boot from it and go through each part in how to use it outlined here: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/get-familiar-with-the-windows-10-recovery-drive-before-you-need-it/?tag=nl.e101&s_cid=e101&ttag=e101&ftag=TRE684d531 OK so now you understand the basics of using the recovery drive and made one for your computer. And you've bought an SSD but haven't tried to clone the system to it.  If you have a drive dock, use it with your new SSD and go to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-i_-lQ2TPo In addition to the external drive dock I suggest everyone get one of these USB 3.0 2.5" drive wire. These only work with 2.5" drives not 3.5" which need the dock for enough power to run: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S9CKV7X/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07S9CKV7X&pd_rd_w=6mJvz&pf_rd_p=48d372c1-f7e1-4b8b-9d02-4bd86f5158c5&pd_rd_wg=Wbp3j&pf_rd_r=FM3JBPYD24280SSMVK5R&pd_rd_r=edb85d22-fb13-4afb-9c98-bb6fd171c48d&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFLOVIzRlE0TUtETDMmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwNjMzOTIySjI5R0FNTlMzVUtLJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAxNzE4MzcyQk41R09DVzJaUUc5JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==                                                                                                                                    1. You will need an external USB Hard drive to create a system image to. it does not need to be bigger than your installed hard drive. It just needs to be bigger than the amount of data on it. Trust me you need one. I use one of my many spare 1TB HDDs in a drive dock on one computer, on my other main computer I keep a WD Elements 4TB USB external USB drive. On my wife's 21" Lenovo AIO with a 512GB SSD, I have a spare laptop 2.5" HDD in an external USB 3.0 HDD case. On my other systems I use my Thermaltake Blac X drive dock that does both large desktop drives (3.5") and smaller laptop drives (2.5"). https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-External-Enclosure-Docking-ST0005U-C/dp/B01GF0OYI2 So now you have not removed your original HDD, you have an external USB hard drive or dock with a drive. In both cases the drives must only have more unused space as your original drive has used space. With your external drive attached follow the steps in this video to create a system image to your external drive. All your data is safe in your original drive. now initialize the SSD :                              At the end it asks if you want to make a repair disk, just say no. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-i_-lQ2TPo Now you have a complete system image on your external drive and you've not taken the original drive out yet. Now take your original drive out put it in a safe place, and replace it with the SSD Once the initialized SSD is installed in your computer still blank, boot your computer with the recovery 16GB USB 3.0 drive. You may have to go into setup and move USB device in your boot order to first so it checks there first. Booting from the recovery disk takes much longer than from your original drive. Once booted plug in your large external drive, then you follow the steps to restore the image from your external drive or dock with drive from the above video. Once it says it's restored, disconnect the recovery USB drive and disconnect the external drive you in which you created the image. Now you have an SSD with your system on it. Now power it on and see if it boots OK. If not then keep going over it until you have your system on your SSD. This whole thing taught you to make a system image without risk because you have your original drive in a safe place. Now it becomes your drive to put in if you have a hard drive failure. You have to keep making system images often to your external drive. So if you ever put your original HDD back in because of a failure or infection, you just reinstall your original drive and restore the image to it. That only after you've learned to create and restore a system image. Sure it sounds complicated but any time you want to quit and sleep on it, you just re-install your original HDD and you are up and running again without risking your data. This is a must learn skill! The usual way folks upgrade to an SSD is to get a drive wire and initialize the SSD then clone your system to it. Then swap the original drive out and install the newly cloned SSD. But that way you miss the opportunity to learn to actually create and restore an image without risk to your system, programs, and data. If you think you are backing up your system with clones or images and think the above is too complicated, how are you going to do it in a pinch? Angry and in fear you lost it all. If you just make images planning to avoid the hassle of learning the above by taking your external drive to Geek Squad or some such. So what do you do if they tell you the image wad bad and cannot be restored? How would you know if they screwed it up if you never proved you could make a good restorable image, AND restore it. Like Windows 10, once you get some experience it isn't so bad huh? This is easy too. Tip: Always use the same external drive you originally started using to make data backups and create images to. Sometimes that can bite you too. But really, it's easy just make a day of it and don't touch that original drive except to put it back in if you fail to make and/or restore a system image. Images are different than clones, and different from data backups. "Do or do not do, there is no try." - Yoda
    • yes, I was rather surprized reading that. That is getting hot. I have the room. 
    • Glen, Residential solar is very different from RV solar (typically).  Residential solar controllers typically convert the DC power generated from the panels directly into AC power that is fed back into the grid.  In this case a GFCI breaker would be necessary and would be 120 volt (or possibly 240 volt depending on the solar controller output). On an RV, the solar controller is DC to DC and is simply charging the battery bank.  There should be a breaker between the battery and the solar controller to protect the controller and the wiring, but it would be a standard DC breaker of the appropriate rating.  It is also handy to use as a switch to isolate the batteries from the solar controller.
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