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Make Your PC Faster With SSD Instead Of Hard Drive

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  • 23rd Dec, 2020
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You have already gone through many ways to make a slow PC/laptop faster, but few are effective, easy and cost-effective like replacing your existing hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD). Exchange will strikingly to a large extent reduce the time it takes to boot Windows, load programs, and perform any activity that involves crucial amounts of disk access. When you will replace your hard drive with a SSD, Windows boot time will reduce from almost 10 minutes to quite under a minute. Programs like Adobe Photoshop that could take one or more minutes to open, now will get opened in seconds. Your old computer would be as good as new.

SSD will also provide the added advantage of greater ruggedness, better battery life and pleasant operation. With the time your system becomes slower or does not perform up to the mark, this is an usual issue and mostly emerges due to the space hogging programs and files in the harddrive. You can free up that space by removing unnecessary and rarely used files and programs from the storage. To identify and eliminate those files, you can take the help of IGS Cleaner, it is one of the best computer software in categories. After installing this software, you will be able to get timely notifications about the available space and other issues that slow down your system.

Despite the several advantages of SSDs, in past days upgrading was not a preferable option for many people due to the high cost. But with 1TB SSDs now available at quite affordable prices, it is almost nitwit not to switch. You do not require expert’s skills to do it manually. Just need to run a simple cloning program, which actually makes a clone of your existing drive and ready to go on your new drive.

Here are the simple steps to replace your hard drive with an SSD:

1. Buy A SSD Drive

What size SSD to buy

The first thing you should determine while looking to buy a SSD is what size drive you need. You should choose one at least equivalent to the current hard drive. If the current drive is getting low on space then you should go for something larger. We would suggest not smaller than 500GB and, ideally, going with 1TB, which should provide ample storage for most people.

What type of SSD to buy

Assuming your PC/laptop currently has a standard hard drive, it is almost certainly a 2.5 Inch SATA drive. So, you will be replacing it with a SSD of the same size and interface (internal connections) and 2.5-inch SATA is all you need.

What brand/model to buy

There are numerous SSD models available from many brands in the market. But since the drive will hold all your critical information, neither go with the cheapest one nor do you need the ultimate performance models intended for large server applications. TBW (terabytes written) is a good indication of the drive’s strength– as more as better. Under normal usage, you would never come close to hitting that TBW limit.

2. Buy A SATA To USB Data Transfer Cable

You will need the data transfer cable to clone your existing hard drive onto the new SSD using the USB port. All the cables are quite similar, and you can pick anyone.

Also check to ensure that you have a screwdriver that will fit the screws on your PC/laptop. If you do not have, pick up a basic computer screwdriver set to help you open your PC/laptop case, if needed.

3. Clone Your Hard Drive

Don’t worry about the efforts to transfer Windows to your new drive, reinstall all programs and transfer all your files. The cloning program that comes with the SSD will make an absolute replica of your current hard drive on your new SSD, so there is no need to reinstall anything. If your drive does not include the software, there are many free disk cloning programs you can download yourself.

To get going:

  • Install the cloning software on your laptop
  • Plug your SATA to USB data transfer cable into your PC/laptop (ideally into a USB 3.0 port, for the best transfer speeds)
  • Plug your new SSD into the SATA cable
  • Follow the prompted directions of your drive cloning application to clone your hard disk

The cloning process will take some time to transfer your data onto your new drive. Do not use your computer while cloning because any changes you make to settings or files may not be cloned to the new drive.

4. Install The SSD Drive

After cloning gets complete, you can place that new drive into your PC/laptop.

  • Unplug the SATA to USB cable and SSD from your PC/laptop
  • Unplug your PC/laptop power or remove the battery
  • Open the PC/laptop case by removing the screws. Your PC/laptop will have a handy little door with a couple of screws that gives you direct access to the hard drive bay. But if you have a more recent “unibody design” model, you will have 10-20 screws to remove. Then open the bottom part of the case to get access to your drive. If you do not get how to do this with your PC/laptop, google your PC/laptop model and search for “open case” or “replace hard drive”, there are plenty of YouTube videos to help you.
  • After removing the case, unscrew the mounting bracket holding your existing hard drive and remove your drive. It should come out quite easily. Now put the SSD into the mounting bracket, slide it into the connectors on your PC/laptop and screw the mounting bracket back.
  • Put your case back into place.
  • Do not screw the case- first check and ensure everything is working. Turn on your computer (it must boot really fast now) and verify that everything looks just like it did before. If everything is fine, turn the computer off and get those screws back in.

5. Install Your Manufacturer’s Drive Management Software

Most drives have an in-built management program to keep drive firmware up to date and allows you to personalize the performance and other settings. It is worth installing for the firmware updates but do not change other settings unless you really know what you are looking for. Your SSD will be fast as supposed.

Now, you can enjoy the boosted performance with the new SSD. Your SSD should be more reliable than your old hard drive.