Upgrading to solid state drives rather than changing your computerSolid State Drives

Upgrade your hard disk to enhance existing computers and extend the life of slow machines without reinstalling all your software.

People are increasingly reliant on their mobile computers and are always striving for better performance. One of the most significant issues with mobile computing is the time it takes to boot up and shut down as well as the length of time the battery lasts. Reducing weight and noise would be additional benefits.

Most laptops have an electro-mechanical hard disk that spins at relatively high speed and uses a read/write head on the end of a movable arm to access the data. The time it takes for the disk to rotate and the arm to move is the main limitation to computer performance.

Over the past few years, the Solid State Drive (SSD) has improved. SSDs use memory chips rather than revolving magnetic disks to store data. Solid State Drives are much faster, lighter, use less power and are silent.

Initially, SSDs were very expensive, had a small capacity, were not very reliable and had numerous compatibility issues with existing computers. Today most computers will work with an SSD and combined with larger size, higher reliability and lower cost they are an excellent means of improving laptop performance.

Is the computer compatible? Due to the way, data is handled in the physical drive installing an SSD is not recommended on machines before Windows 7. The laptop manufacturer might not list SSD compatibility on older computers so to give the best chance of success upgrading to the latest BIOS is recommended.

SSD Upgrade

Working out how large an SSD is required. Most laptops have hard disks much larger than the user needs so a smaller disk can be chosen to reduce costs. Typically a 256GB SSD will be sufficient and is cost effective. Finding out how easy the drive is to fit. Many standard laptops have a removable panel which gives easy access to the drive. Changing to an SSD involves removing the existing drive and replacing the drive and putting the cover back. It is possible some BIOS settings might need to be changed. Laptops without easy drive access can be difficult to dismantle to access the drive. This adds some risk and more time to replace the drive.

An empty drive is completely useless so getting back to a working machine means either rebuilding the machine from scratch and restoring the data or copying the old drive exactly to the new one. Assuming the machine was as required with correct versions of software and no problems doing a drive copy should be the preferred option as it is much quicker and easier. This involves removing the old drive and connecting it along with the new SSD to another working PC, then doing an exact copy of the old to the new drive. Once fitted to the machine should work as before but much faster.

If the machine was not running the required versions of the operating system or it had some problems a rebuild would be the best option. This takes several hours and means all the software must be available along with any required license details. Data can be copied from the old drive or a backup.

Over the next few years, new machines will increasingly become available with SSD. In the meantime upgrading, existing devices will improve performance in every way. If replacing a failed drive then fit an SSD, it will cost a bit more, but you have to rebuild anyway and this will take less time due to the faster drive.

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