Solid Boost with SSD

Give your PC/Laptop – Solid Boost with Solid State Drive.

SSD – Short for Solid-State Drive or Solid-State Disk, SSD is a drive that uses non-volatile memory as a means of storing and accessing data, much like computer RAM. Unlike other storage devices such as hard drives, an SSD has no moving parts, which gives it advantages such as accessing stored information faster, produces no noise, often more reliable, and consume much less power than the traditional hard drive (HDD) found in computers.

Read about the advantages of SSD over HDD or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXG1C5YLkhE

 

Experiencing SSD

Step #1 – Buy one

Recommended size – 128GB or 256GB

Step #2 – Adding SSD to your laptop

You can either swap out the existing HDD with SSD or add SSD as an secondary drive (In the case of Laptop, Swap with Optical Drive with HDD Caddy).

HDD Caddy is a case for a hard drive which you can mount inside your laptop. This case fits perfectly in the bay where normally your optical drive (dvd-drive) is located. This allows you to exchange your optical drive with the HDD Caddy. Read more…

Type #1 – HDD Can be removed Separately without opening back panel
Eg. Lenovo Thinkpad T420
In this Model, HDD can be removed/replaced.
Watch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLAlTbA5GXQ

Type #2 – HDD Can only be removed by opening back panel
eg. Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
In this Model, HDD can be removed/replaced only by opening the back panel and may void the warranty. Alternatively, Check out HDD Caddy and add SSD as an secondary HDD (Swap with Optical drive).
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk7Fs9Hao2Q
Using HDD Caddy, Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1OEerHf-IY

Step #3 – Cloning the drive

Clone factory installed Windows 8 to a new empty SSD using free version of Macrium Reflect
Follow the procedure – http://hddcaddy.eu/2013/02/21/how-to-clone-factory-installed-windows-8-to-a-new-empty-ssd/

Step #4 – Disable internal HDD

Its highly recommended to disable the Internal spinning HDD when SSD is added as secondary HDD. Tweak based on your own requirements.

To disable internal HDD in windows,
1. Make sure that you boot from SSD (Change BIOS Settings – Boot Order),
2. Open device Manager – Control Panel > System/Advanced System Settings, Click Device Manager button in the Hardware Tab.
3. Expand and Choose the Internal HDD (Under Disk Drives). Internal drive is identified by its name/make/capacity. Details are available in Volume tab in properties dialog (Right click on the Drive and choose Properties in the popup menu.
4. Right click on the Internal HDD and Choose disable option in the popup menu.

Finally, Belt up and experience the speed.

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