If you ask anyone in relation to current recommended upgrades for their machines the most highly recommended and common answer will be, ‘install an SSD.’
An SSD is a Solid State Drive, and it replaces your HDD (Hard Disk Drive). It is basically a giant flash drive, with no moving parts or spinning disks and and pull information from itself almost instantly.
It is hard to beat Wikipedia for definitions so here you go :
Solid State Drive :
Hard Disk Drive :
The main benefits from such an upgrade are :
1. Massive improvement is booting times.
2. Massive improvement in program launch times.
3. Massive improvement in data access times.
4. So basically everything runs quickly.
I decided to take this upgrade on, and it is one that you can easily do yourself in about twenty minutes!
Here is a quick guide to get you on your way to a massive speed improvement of your machine. At the end I have added a video that shows my machine booting prior to the upgrade with the standard 750GB HDD installed, then booting up with the new 256Gb SSD installed.
Good luck and take your time, there’s no rush, and no reason to be troubled by this upgrade.
1. Make sure you have everything : You will need your new SSD, an external case for your old HDD (as well as aiding in data transfer if you decide to go down that route), a set of precision screw drivers.
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