• Upgrading laptop HDD to an SSD

    18th July 2017 | AJPCSol
  • So, today was the day I'd finally had enough and decided to replace the mechanical HDD in my Samsung Gaming laptop with an SSD.

    The laptop isn't the latest, but is a Core i7 2670QM (2.2GHz), with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2GB Radeon HD 6900M graphics card and 2 1TB Seagate Hard Drives. And this is the rub... the hard drives are hybrids, with an 8GB SSD built-in, which is supposed to make the laptop faster to start up. However, since Windows 10 was installed, I have no idea if this is still working, as the software supplied by Samsung is only for Windows 7 (which is what came with the laptop).

    I have tried to get this working with new software from SanDisk, but the laptop takes an age to start-up now, around 5-10 minutes depending on whether it's a cold start or waking from sleep and can take even longer to be usable if it's been off for a while and there are loads of Dropbox/OneDrive files to be synced.

    After sitting here today, waiting 30 minutes for the hard drive to not be running at 100%, I decided it was time to replace the hybrid drive with an SSD one. My main PC is ready for use within 25-30 seconds from turning it on and I want that sort of performance from my laptop. The machine should still be quick and it's the hard drive that's proving to be a bottle-neck.

    I happen to have another Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD drive to hand, so whilst I am losing some 700GB of storage, it will be worth it for the speed boost!

    The first thing I have to do is move every non-essential file from the hybrid HDD to the 2nd HDD, so that the files will fit on the SSD. This is taking hours, so I will continue this in a while...

    Finally everything was copied across and I was able to clone the hard drive to the SSD. This took a couple of hours and then it was ready to be installed.

    I fitted the SSD into place of the 1st HDD and booted the laptop up. After some initial reluctance and a bit of fine-tuning, the laptop now boots from cold in around 40 seconds!!! :)

  • A perfect result! When it comes to computers, a RAM upgrade was always the first answer to speeding up a slow computer. Now, an SSD drive is running it a close second when it comes to return on investment.

    Happy days!