Laptop/computer Performances really matters for every PC users and it will be wrong to say that, it’s impossible to increase its working efficiency. Although, through replacing processors, motherboard and video card is somewhat difficult as because of its extreme replacement cost. But, there is also a other choice related to this and that is Solid state drive. It’s true that an SSD doesn’t change how quickly software runs, but it can improve the speed in which it loads, that is definitely going to make your PC feel much faster. And the best part is that, it’s not so much difficult to install Solid State Drive. You can upgrade your laptops on a kitchen table with a screwdriver only. So, It’s time to upgrade your laptop’s hard disk to SSD so as
Drooping price of SSD has reached to a level where, we all can thought to replace our hard drive with it. It has become possible to get 265GB of SSD for around 150. Although, it’s somewhat expensive as compared to hard drive, but after looking toward its features like speed, reliability and battery life, it’s not a bad idea to replace computer hard drive with SSD.
Installing an SSD is really gonna to be beneficial as it offers for fast boot time and application load times that makes it considerably faster and efficient than hard drives. Although, its write performances varies depends upon the file size or its compressing nature, but it’s spectacularly fast at reading data. Also when it comes to resistant, SSD is much better than traditional hard disk as it doesn’t poses moving parts that make your data completely safe from
Before upgrading your laptop’s hard drive to SSD, it’s necessary to go through a small research whether your laptop will be perfect for SSD upgrade or not.
Some of the points that should be taken in mind are:
Operating System : If you are using Windows XP, it will not so much beneficial to invest for an SSD as because XP is not well optimized for the use with SSDs. Windows Vista is somewhat more better, but windows 7 and later launched operating system has been considered as the best operating system as all they support TRIM that helps to enhance SSD’s performances.
Hardware : Be sure that your laptop or computer poses SATA hard disk as internal SATA connector is needed for modern SSDs.
Mainly three SATA standards that is 1, 2 and 3 are available that runs at the of 1.5Gbps, 3Gbps and 6Gbps respectively. The latest SSDs support SATA 3, but older laptop or computer may not support that definitely limit the speed at which the SSD can operate. In order to know SATA version supported by laptop, you can check manual or through online. One thing you must know is that SATA is backwards compatible means a laptop that poses a SATA 1 connector can be compatible with SATA 3 SSD. Although it won’t work on its full speed but, there will be definitely increment in overall performances or speed.
BIOS : Some PC BIOS don’t support SSDs because of which its performances may affected. Regarding information about the BIOS supportability, you can get better from the forums of from the others users who has successfully upgraded. You can also contact to the manufacturer directly.
Warranty : If you are going to upgrade your laptop’s hard disk to SSD then, it will be more better if your laptop is under warranty period so as SSD could void this cover. So, just check the small print of warranty before removing existing hard disk.
Prepare Your Laptop For Installation:
There are two ways to handle data of your current hard drive. Primarily, backup your important files and start over with a new operating system install (be sure of having install disc!). Although, it’s easy but somewhat time consuming.
And the second way is to clone your drive that helps you to transfer all the data of the current hard drive to new one. It’s also very fast process but requires better technical knowledge. Remember one thing that you new drive must same or more storage capacity as compared to existing one. To clone, you need a SATA to USB adapter. Connect your new SSD to the SATA/USB adapter, then plug the adapter into a USB port on your laptop/PC. Your device must should detect your new solid state drive as an external drive.
Cloning is not just dragging and dropping. Everything, including the drive potion that helps windows to use it as a boot device, must be copied. With the increasing in the numbers of SSD manufacturers, there is also increment in the software that comes bundled with them. But, if you want, you can also go for Norton Ghost, Paragon Drive Copy, Arconis true Image, etc. Also, if you want any free one, then try for Try ShadowCopy, XXClone, or MiniTool. But, there is some limitation in free programs that you can get any customer help support line if looking for help or is getting confused.
It’s Time For installation
Keep your laptop upside down with the power unplugged and battery out (if you can) on the level surface along with proper lighting. On the button, there will be a plastic cut-out panel covered by multiple screws. In some laptop there will be two panel, in which case, you should remove the one marked by the hard drive symbol, as engraving that looks like three stacked discs.
Some laptop might have no cut-out and in that case you have to take the entire button off, that will need more screws and so keep track of them. A Ziploc bag has been considered as ideal as it keeps the screws secure and cannot be tipped over.
Poke the cut-out panel off with a sharp object after removing the screws. Lift it gently as panel can break. And if any section seems dogged, then try loosening another instead of forceful trying.
Hard disk will be unveiled after offing of the panel. In latest laptop, drive are usually wrapped with a metal bracket or metallic cover along with a tab attached to it. Pull the tab softly out so as to remove the drive. Although, some laptop poses a loose connector, in which case the cable and SATA connector will start to go with the drive. Remove it.
If you are using the laptop that uses a bracket, the drive is secured to the bracket by screws (usually four), so in that case, remove them to detach the drive, and then place your new SSD into the existing bracket and use the same screws you removed to secure it. Beside, simply discard any wrap used by the previous drive in case of having laptop that doesn’t poses a bracket. Further, plug the drive in the SATA after sliding the drive back into the bay.
Remember, SATA connector used by the old drive. One thing that you must know is that, SATA connector have an L-shaped pattern, so there is no chance of having incorrect installation means you don’t have to use much force if installing the new SSD correctly. Now, You are almost done. Replace the panel and screws.
Info Source – pcadvisor.co.uk & digitaltrends.com