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Great for an upgrade on an old laptop
on 21 October 2014
I have a very old Dell XPS 13 inch laptop, which my wife uses for surfing and emails. The machine was getting so laggy and generally a pain that I thought of getting a cheap second hand one, but a friend mentioned converting to SSD and here I am. I did a lot of investigation into the read/write speeds of various manufacturers (Intel, Samsung, Tosh) and found the 840 EVO the best option for price/write and read speed combination. This may not be the case anymore as this drive was purchased in February 2014.
My drive included some drive clone software which you can use to clone your drive and putting the image directly on, however I decided against this for the following reasons
1 – This would bring any malware/spyware/bloatware with it
2 – It’s easier to copy files you need to a portable drive, do a clean install and thus improve the laptop performance.
IF you’re not a stay at home hedge fund manager, then in my mind there should be nothing on your current HDD that you would want to transfer, aside from mail files (pst etc), music and photo’s. As long as you have a valid license for windows I would recommend a clean install above anything else. (If you don’t have a spare portable USB key, sites like dropbox give you GB’s of storage for nowt). Even for a Dell Laptop which is over 8 years old, I was able to go to dell, give my system tag and re-download all of the drivers I needed.
One thing you MUST remember, this will fit any laptop, but for some smaller models (like my 13” dell), you need a mount for this. The drive has the screw holes for the mount, but no mount or screws. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR OLD DRIVES MOUNT AND SCREWS IF IT HAS ONE!!
*Really easy to install - Just plug (and screw if mounted) and you’re done.
*Battery – you may not think about this, but it will lengthen your battery life.
*Comes with disk cloning software.
*Comes with performance tuning with several choices. Great for everyday users who just want to plug and play.
*Incredibly fast boot speeds - if you’re upgrading from an old hard disk drive on an old laptop (my wife’s laptop went from 5 minutes to <1 minute boot time)
*Weight. It won’t make any difference, but it really feels like there’s nothing inside when you first lift it!
*Sound – noise from your laptop will decrease.
Price – For me, 100 odd GBP for the 250GB drive was great, as it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the cost of a new laptop, but a 1TB disk is still extortionate in my mind considering the price of storage these days.
Warnings/Things to remember
*Doesn’t work miracles – Remember, replacing your HDD will not make your laptop a supercomputer. Performance will improve but it won’t magically transform into something performing like a new Macbook. You need to look at why your performance is bad and what you will use the system for.
*You must enable AHCI Mode in the bios (google it, and you will see how easy this is)
*Motherboard should support SATA 3.
*Keep the mount/screws from your old HDD if removing it in advance
*Look into buying a cheap USB housing/cover for your old HDD. For a few quid you can (possibly) make your own portable disk using the HDD you're replacing.
DO NOT WORRY - Even if you're computer illiterate, if it goes pear shaped (and you're upgrading an old drive), put your old disk back in (if possible) and continue to use your laptop. Then give a friend a distress call.