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Why you should upgrade your laptop with an SSD

Why you should upgrade your laptop with an SSD

With a lot of laptops, a major reason that they may feel like they’re running slow can be due to the hard drive in the system. Hard drives are good for storing a lot of files, yet they suffer from slow speeds which can mean that larger files and programs can take a while to load. This is why upgrading to a solid-state drive, or SSD, is one of the best upgrades someone can do to make a computer run and feel quicker all-round. SSD’s offer faster read and write speeds when compared to a hard drive, and with large capacity SSD’s becoming cheaper, there are less and less drawbacks to using one as opposed to a hard drive.

Upgrading to an SSD gives a system a lot of benefits, and with the low price of an SSD compared to other potential upgrades or a whole new system, making the whole upgrade worth it. One benefit is that accessing files becomes a whole lot faster. This not only means that opening files and starting programs becomes a lot more responsive, but booting up the system is also made a lot quicker, with the time taken from the laptop powering on to being on the desktop being reduced for some people from over a minute to around 15 seconds or even less. SSD’s are also more reliable, which means that they will last longer in the system without failing and all of the data being lost.

Some laptops have a smaller cover to easily access the hard drive

To upgrade your laptop with an SSD, you would first want to back up all of the data you want to keep onto the new drive. The best way to do this is to clone your existing drive onto the new one, so that nothing is lost and the operating system and other programs don’t even need to be reinstalled, which would be done through software like EaseUS Todo Backup, Clonezilla or AOMEI Backupper. Another way is to back up files that you may want to keep, like documents or images, and then reinstall windows off of a USB or optical disk.

Whole base removed and SSD installed

Installing the SSD is also becoming easier with more recent laptop models, with there being an area on the base of the laptop where you can unscrew the cover and take out the old drive to replace it. If there isn’t a specific area that can be taken off, then the whole base of the laptop would need to be unscrewed to find the drive. The drive could be in a bracket or just be fastened in and attached by a cable. All it then needs is to take the old drive out and unplugging it carefully as to not break the cable, and then plugging the SSD in and fastening it into the laptop or into the bracket that the old drive was in, then closing up the laptop and booting it up.

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