How to make computer like new again with upgrading SSD

Post On: January 28, 2017
By: dhioendar

Below is how to make computer like new again with upgrading SSD.

If your computer takes a long time to boot up, that’s because it runs on regular hard drive. With replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) will make the machine run much faster. The good news is that replacing the drives is quite easy to do and not too expensive either.

Tips: To replace the old hard drive, you have to clone the entire existing hard drive’s content to an SSD, then taking the hard drive out of the computer and putting the SSD in its place.

Getting ready

Get an SSD with higher capacity than the total amount of data you currently have on the hard drive you are replacing. For example, your computer’s main hard drive capacity is 1 TB but you have just use 200 GB, so you need an 240 GB SSD.

The second thing you need is cloning software, my favorite is free version of Macrium Reflect. It’s a great software to clone the existing drive to a new one without restarting the computer and it also supports all types of hard drive formats.

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The third thing you need is USB-to-SATA adapter (around $15). For desktop, you can install the SSD as a secondary internal drive for the cloning process and that works much faster than connecting via USB.

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Extra preparation.

There are 2 types of drive formats: Master Boot Record (MBR) is used in Windows 7 and earlier, and GUID Partition Table (GPT) is used by Windows 8 and later (Windows 8 and later can works with MBR too).

How to find your computer hard drive’s format:

In the command prompt, type in diskpart and press enter. At the diskpart prompt, type in list disk and then press enter.

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If the is an asterisk (*) under the GPT column, then it’s using GPT. Otherwise, it is an MBR drive,  easy right?

How to convert MBR drive format to GPT and vice versa.

Open the command prompt, type in diskmgmt and press enter. Find the SSD (shown as Disk 1 or Disk 2) depending on the amount of drives you have on the machine. Right click the SSD and choose Convert to GPT or Convert to MBR. Just make sure, they share the same drive format type.How to make computer like new again with upgrading SSD converting drive format

 

Cloning the drive.

Plug the SSD into USB port using the USB to SATA cable.

Install Macrium Reflect Free. once the installation is finish, double click the Reflect icon and click on Clone this disk….

In the Clone window, choose Select a disk to clone to …. pick the SSD, which is connected via an USB port.

Click next and follow the rest of the wizard, wait until the cloning process to complete.

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Replacing the hard disk drive with the SSD.

Your hard drives are easily spotted (around 3.5 inch) once the cover of the chassis is opened. Pulled ot the old hard drive, and put the SSD in the place of the old hard drive. Make sure you don’t have a screw or two left, that means you have done something wrong.

You will need to reverse the process using the SSD once the previous hard disk has been taken out. Make sure all of the screws are used by you when installing the SSD. In my own experience, if you have two left or a prop, you’ve done something wrong.

As a finish action, you need to restart the computer with a few times so the OS can get used to the new SSD. The computer will take a very short time to boot up now.

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