Introducing a method and important points
Are you using an old laptop and considering replacing it with a new one? If the storage of the old laptop is an HDD, you may be able to improve the operation of it somehow just by replacing the HDD with an SSD. Would you like to try? This content introduces advantages and a method of replacing storage on an old PC with an SSD.
・1. Advantages of using an SSD for an old laptop
・1-1. PC startup and data loading speed could be improved
Because SSDs use flash memory, they access data faster than HDDs, which are magnetic disks. So, when replacing an HDD with an SSD, data loading speed and startup speed of OS and application might become faster.
・1-2. Quiet and strong against shock
Since SSDs have no physical drive parts, driving sound does not disturb you so much. In addition, for the same reason, SSDs are superior in resistant to shock than HDDs. That is why SSDs are suitable with laptops that can be often carried around.
・2. What you need to replace an old storage with an SSD
When replacing the storage of an old laptop from an HDD to an SSD, some tools and software should be prepared. Especially, you need the following;
Data migration software that comes with an SSD is the most secure. If an SSD does not come with software, it is okay to use free software with high reliability.
・3. Transfer data on an HDD to an SSD
First, after setting an SSD in an external drive case, connect the SSD to your computer with an USB cable. After formatting the connected SSD, start up data migration software and clone the HDD data to the SSD.
However, depending on an HDD partition and usage conditions, cloning may not be possible. In case of such a situation, it is recommended to make a backup data of the HDD before start cloning.
・3-1. Remove an HDD and replace with an SSD
When cloning is completed and data is moved to the SSD, remove the internal HDD of the laptop. How to remove an HDD and the place an HDD is located differ depending on each computer model, so check it beforehand. After removing the HDD, install the SSD at the place the HDD is originally installed. Before you replace storage, please disconnect an AC adaptor and a battery because a laptop may break due to be energized.
・3-2. Confirm if a PC starts up
After installing the SSD, turn on the PC and confirm if it starts without any problem. In rare cases, there is a problem such as a specific driver cannot work. If so, try to update the driver.
・4. Important Points to install an SSD on old laptop
There are many advantages to replacing an old storage with an SSD such like a driving sound becomes quieter and operation of an old PC can be improved. And it is relatively easy to replace.
However, there are some notes to check before replacing.
・4-1. Some laptops does not allow replacing their storage
You cannot replace their storage on some laptops because manufactures apply their original standards. Please confirm your PC before starting replacing. Also, confirm if warranty period is over since basically you will not be able to receive manufactures’ warranty when you replace your PC.
・4-2. Check an HDD size
Old laptops generally use a 2.5 inch HDD. However, some small mobile PCs or tablet PCs have HDDs that are different from 2.5 inch. If size of an HDD is not 2.5 inch, a 2.5 inch SSD will not fit in. It is important to check the size before replacing.
・4-3. An SSD capacity should be larger than an HDD
If an SSD that is used for replacing has smaller capacity than a HDD in use, data cloning is impossible. You need to select an SSD with enough capacity, considering how and for what you use your PC.
・4-4. Performance is poor than a newer PC
Even though the startup speed is improved, the performance of an old PC is still poor than a newer PC. There is a case that an SSD may not perform its full potential because an old PC uses an old connection standard.If you want to improve the performance even a little, you may consider adding memory in addition to replacing.
・Summary Even an old laptop can be improved by replacing its storage with an SSD
As explained above, even an old laptop may be able to be improved by replacing its storage with an SSD. Sometime it is cheaper than buying a new PC. If you have multiple PCs, you may consider replacing one of them and see how much the performance changes.
・Internal SSD with replacement kit, comes with HDD case, 480GB [LMD-SS480KU3]
Complete kit for replacing an internal HDD in your PC with an SSD. An HDD case and a USB cable are attached, so that the removed HDD can be used as an external HDD or even using as an external SSD is possible. Also, you can use both as a replacement kit and as an external storage for PS4® and PS4® Pro.