What should you do if your HDD or SSD of your computer deteriorates? Maybe some buy a new computer. However, if there are no major problems other than the internal HDD or SSD, do you feel that it is a waste to let go of your favorite computer? One of the countermeasures is to replace the internal HDD or SSD in your personal computer with a new one.
In addition, by replacing an HDD with an SSD, it is possible to improve the performance of your personal computer (HDD / SSD) and lead a more comfortable personal computer life. However, if you have never exchanged it yourself, you will of course be worried. This content introduces what steps should be taken to replace an HDD or SSD.
1. Benefits of replacing an HDD / SSD
1-1. Replace an HDD with an SSD [Improvement of performance]
Since a drive itself is accelerated, the performance can be improved.
1-2. Replace an HDD with an SSD and one HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of performance]
You can use an entire OS as a new one. In other words, it is possible to improve the transfer speed of a personal computer whose data is heavy and its movement is slow.
* For clean installation
1-3. Replace an HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of capacity]
It can be replaced with a larger capacity than the HDD or SSD originally built into your personal computer.
Even if the speed has slowed down, there is a possibility that it can be improved by simply replacing the internal HDD or SSD without letting go of your familiar PC or replacing it with a new one.
2. Clean installation and data migration
When replacing an HDD or SSD, what to do with the data in the HDD or SSD currently in use is a big problem. There are two ways to handle the stored data: clean installation and data migration (migrating the entire OS). Please be noted that each has its advantages and disadvantages.
2-1. Clean installation
Since an OS is newly installed, it can be completed faster because there is no data migration. However, all the applications you have installed, the data you created, and the settings on the OS, are erased. You need to install them again, copy the necessary data, or set it to your liking.
2-2. Data migration
Immediately after replacing an HDD / SSD, it is possible to use an entire OS in the same state as before. However, it is necessary to clone from the internal HDD or SSD of the personal computer to a new HDD or SSD in advance. You can easily work by using data migration software or a device dedicated to cloning (creating a backup for each OS) such as a duplicator. Depending on the cloning method, data migration may be performed without data optimization. In that case, it is better to optimize in advance.
3. How to replace an HDD / SSD
Finally, let’s take a look at the procedure for actually replacing an HDD or SSD. The first thing to keep in mind is that the procedure for replacing an HDD and an SSD is basically the same. The procedure is as follows.
3-1. Check if your computer can be replaced
If you are unsure, please contact to the manufacturer.
3-2. Prepare a new HDD / SSD
When migrating with entire OS, clone from the original HDD or SSD to the new HDD or SSD.
When performing a clean installation (installing a new OS), back up the necessary data.
3-3. Remove an internal HDD / SSD of the personal computer and replace it with a new HDD / SSD
*If you want to perform a clean installation, execute it after this.
When choosing a new HDD or SSD, choose one with a larger capacity than the original HDD or SSD. Depending on the product, the software required for replacement may be included, so choosing such a product is one way to do it.
You can replace an HDD or SSD by yourself if you learn the procedure. However, there is a risk of failure, so if you want to avoid it, make sure that the computer can be replaced and that the newly prepared product comes with dedicated software before replacement. Also, it is safe to back up important data to another device.
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