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Easiest way to replace laptop harddrive with SSD

andy7088 111 June 9, 2016 at 10:13 AM
I am a noob, so please don't blame me if I ask these questions.
Where do you first start and how do you know a SSD is compatible with your laptop when you buy it?
When you buy it, how do you install the SSD?
When you physically install the SSD, how do you use it on your laptop?

Lots of thanks for spending the time reading and answering these questions!



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Posting the make and model of laptop you have would be very helpful as the process of installing is different between them and some SSD's. Start with this and then we can go from there.
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Vague questions receive vague answers . . . . . .
Liquid is right, having your laptop make/model would help. But judging by your question you most likely don't already have one in there so we can rule out the msata size drives. That means any standard 2.5" ssd would work in most laptops without a problem (though some models require a "super slim" drive and can make a tight fit.

Personally I love the Samsung EVO and Pro line. Get the size with enough space (look to see how much you're currently using and make sure you have room to grow). From. There you'll need to decide if you will be installing a fresh load of your operating system or cloning your drive to the ssd.

Different laptops have different means to access the hard drive bay. Some have a few screws on the bottom and the drive slides out the side. Others have a few screws and a panel comes off the bottom. And the worst ones require a full teardown and are located underneath the motherboard.

So what's your system and "noob" willingness to learn?
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