How to Upgrade Your Laptop’s HDD to an SSD

How to Upgrade Your Laptop’s HDD to an SSD

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

The reason why you are still experiencing a slow laptop issue after all maintenance has been done on your laptop might be because you haven’t upgraded your HDD to an SSD.

HDD are mechanical drives which make use of moving parts. These parts sometimes get weak after several months of usage. It has also been discovered that HDD gets slower when they carry too much data.

Unlike HDD, SSD is smaller, faster and has larger storage capacity. So if you’ve done all the necessary check on your laptop and it’s still slow, then it’s time to upgrade your HDD to an SSD.

If you’ve never done an upgrade of this nature before, don’t be scared, we’ll show you how to upgrade your HDD to an SSD with ease, and in such a way that you won’t necessarily lose all your files.

So, if you ready to rumble, then let’s get you started on how to upgrade your HDD to an SSD. But first,

Check if it’s Upgradable Before You Begin

The way toward upgrading your PC from HDD to an SSD is genuinely basic on the off chance that you have simple access to your hard drive by means of a removable board on the base of the workstation. In the event that you have an Ultrabook or your PC doesn’t have that sort of simple upgrade access (e.g., the baseboard is fixed), it’s an entire distinctive ballgame, and you’ll have to counsel your PC manual for directions on getting to that drive and finding the correct substitution drive. Something else, this instructional exercise will help those of you with the removable board through setting up your workstation, cloning your framework, and making the huge swap.

Find the right SSD form factor and interface

The other thing you’ll need to look at before you proceed to purchase a substitution SSD is your drive’s structure factor; you have to ensure the drive will fit in the workstation. Most PCs have 2.5-inch drives, yet ultraportable journals may utilize the 1.8-inch disc size. Additionally, even 2.5-inch drives can have various thicknesses of 7 mm or 9.5 mm and various interfaces (SATA or IDE, as a rule in PCs from 2008 or previously). Workstations most generally utilize 2.5-inch SATA drives, however, you should check your PC manual or determinations to ensure you purchase the correct size SSD with the best possible interface.

On the other hand, you might most likely discover this data by visiting Crucial’s Advisor Took or taking a gander at your present drive’s name: Open the entrance board and look on the drive itself to check whether it says 2.5-inch and SATA and what thickness you need. For the most part, 7mm, 2.5-inch SATA SSDs will fit even in the 9.5mm openings and some accompany spacers for a more tightly fit.

What You’ll Need


Notwithstanding getting a drive with the correct structure factor and interface, you’ll need to get an SSD within any event enough space for the Windows segment and any framework recuperation allotments. A 250GB Samsung SSD is right now about $89 and a 500GB variant is about $120. For a great many people, the 250GB drive ought to be fine, however, the 500GB one offers greater adaptability, for just somewhat more speculation.

An outer fenced in area or connector to associate that SSD to your PC. For this how-to, we utilized a StarTech SATA outer hard drive walled in area, despite the fact that there’s a refreshed USB 3.0 you can buy. In any case, the fenced-in area proves to be useful not only for associating the SSD for the cloning procedure, yet additionally a while later to turn your present drive, when it’s supplanted by the SSD, into an outer one for reinforcements and another storage drive.

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Separate outside hard drive (optional). You may require this on the off chance that you have huge files, for example, photographs and recordings, that probably won’t fit on your SSD, and furthermore to make a full framework reinforcement at the beginning.

Prepare Your Current Drive for Cloning

First, we need to do a little prep work on your current drive.

1. Make a full reinforcement of your framework.

Make a framework picture backup in Windows 10 by setting off to the Control Panel (hit the Win+X keyboard alternate way and select Control Panel), at that point go to “Save backup duplicates of your records with File History” (under System and Security). In the left menu, go to “Framework Image Backup” to make a framework picture on an outer drive or system area.

2. Move huge files that don’t should be kept on the SSD.

Odds are your hard drive is bigger than the SSD you are moving to (for instance, moving from a 500GB HDD with bunches of media records to a 120GB SSD). If so, move bigger files, for example, those containing your photographs, recordings, games, and individual archives to an outside drive or other areas to make enough space on your drive for cloning to the smaller SSD.

3. Tidy up your drive for extra space.

This is likewise the opportunity to uninstall programs you aren’t utilizing any longer and erase superfluous documents that you would prefer not to be extended to your SSD. Make one final uncluttering clear with freeware CCleaner, which erases old temp records and other space swine, or at any rate run Windows’ circle cleanup (in Windows scan – search for “plate cleanup,” at that point pick “Free up circle space on this PC”).

Connect the SSD

Now we’ll get the SSD set up for the cloning process.

1. Physically connect the SSD.

Spot the SSD in the nook or interface it to the USB-to-SATA connector, and after that associate it to your workstation with the USB link.

2. Instate the SSD.

On the off chance that the SSD doesn’t appear on your PC with another drive letter, head to Windows’ Disk Management device. Raise Windows scan again and search for “disk management,” at that point pick “Make and configuration hard plate allotments.” In Disk Management, you should consider the SSD to be as another plate under your current one. In the event that it says “Not introduced,” right-click on the drive and pick “Instate disk.”

3. Resize the present drive segment to be a similar size or littler than the SSD.

While you’re in Disk Management, verify whether your present plate’s essential parcel (for the most part, C: the one that has Windows and your introduced projects) is bigger than the SSD. If not, you’ll have to shrivel the parcel with the goal that it and the other framework recuperation allotments are smaller than the SSD. Right-click on the OS segment and pick “shrink”

In the following window, leave the defaults and click “Shrink.” This will resize the essential parcel so it’s smaller and leave the remainder of the space as unallocated. Try not to stress; during the cloning procedure, the cloning programming will appropriately resize and designate an additional room to the fundamental parcel on your SSD.

Right now, you ought to restart your PC to ensure that the partition works before cloning.

Clone Your Hard Drive

Finally, it’s time to clone your drive to the SSD.

1. Install disk cloning software.For this instructional exercise, we’re using EaseUS Todo Backup Free, which is free for individual use, has an easy to use interface, and furthermore upgrades the movement to an SSD.

2. Select the source and goal drives in the cloning software.

In EaseUS Todo Backup, select the “Clone” choice from the principle menu. use the wizard to choose your source disk (your HDD) and your goal (the SSD).

Note specifically that you should tick the “Advance for SSD” choice when you select the goal drive. This ensures

the parts are adjusted on your SSD and improves your odds of booting from the SSD after the cloning procedure. (EaseUS notes that it’s not important to tick the “part by segment” choice, which duplicates each area over, regardless of whether they’re vacant or terrible.)

3. Survey the format and begin cloning.

In the following screen, you’ll have the option to contrast the source drive and your

SSD. As you see underneath, EaseUS naturally modifies for variously estimated drives by utilizing the unallocated space on your present drive (which we made in stage 3 of the last area).

Click “Continue” at that point pick “Shut down PC when the activity finished.” This will take you about 45 minutes to finish, although it may take more.

Physically Swap Your Current Drive with the SSD

Presently how about we remove the HDD and upgrade to an SSD.

1. Turn the PC off and expel the backboard.

Turn your workstation off and afterward disengage both the power link and some other associated links – including the SSD. At that point unscrew the backboard and evacuate it to gain admittance to your hard drive.

2. Search for any screws tying down your drive to the PC.

You’ll have to unscrew those before you can evacuate the drive. Lift the old drive up around 30 or 45 degrees and haul it out.

3. In its place, introduce the SSD and set the backboard on.

Introduce the SSD by doing the turn around of how you expelled the HDD: Slide the drive-in at an edge and push it immovably into the right spot so it’s completely associated with the interface. At that point secure it with the screw you expelled in the last advance and, at last, screw the backboard covering the drive back on.

Boot Up with the SSD

The decision time: Turn your PC on. In the event that your PC boots as typical and you see the majority of your projects and settings simply the manner in which they were previously (aside from a lot quicker), all went well.

For one last test to see everything went as arranged, how about we ensure Windows perceives your drive as an SSD. Hit Win+S to scan for “defrag” and select “Defragment and advance your drives.” In the Optimize Drives window, your drive ought to be recorded as a Solid State Drive. Mission complete!

(Coincidentally, SSDs ought not to be defragmented. Windows 10 knows this. In the event that it distinguishes your drive as an SSD, rather than defragmenting the drive, it will enhance it for the TRIM order, which improves the exhibition of your SSD. Naturally, your drive will be consequently improved.)

You would now be able to put your old drive in the walled-in area and wipe it in Disk Management, maybe moving your media documents to this drive. Simply ensure your computerized reinforcement framework (you have one, right?) covers both your new interior drive and associated outside ones.

Another way you can tell the relocation worked? You’re currently booting up, propelling projects, and performing multiple tasks such a great amount of quicker than previously.

Speed Tests: No Contest

To see exactly how much changing from an HDD to an SSD would influence execution, we coordinated to what extent a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 with 8GB of RAM took to open a Word record with one page of content, a clear Excel spreadsheet and another case of Google Chrome. (We ran each test on different occasions and took the normal.)

The 1TB, 5,400 rpm Seagate HDD that accompanied the Inspiron took 31.9 seconds to open the Word report, 19.9 seconds to open the Excel spreadsheet and 14 seconds to open Chrome.

With a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD introduced, the PC opened both Word and Excel in 1.8 seconds and Chrome in 1.1 seconds.