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Which brand laptop makes the Hard Drive easily replacable with SSD

sskshastri 17 18 July 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM
My plan is to buy a cheap laptop with decent specs and then replace the Hard Drive with SSD. I dont want to buy laptops with built in SSDs as they cost much more and are not easily upgradable to higher SSD storage in the future.

So I am looking for a laptop in the $200 to $250 range with decent specs like i5 or higher processor 6 GB or more RAM, HD Screen (I dont need touchscreen), I will then invest $150 to $200 on upgrading to 512GB SSD.

The most important factor is to be able to just open 4 screws (if not lesser) and be able to replace the Hard Drive. I know there are laptops which are specifically designed to make this process easier by placing the hard drives on the corner of the laptop.

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My plan is to buy a cheap laptop with decent specs and then replace the Hard Drive with SSD. I dont want to buy laptops with built in SSDs as they cost much more and are not easily upgradable to higher SSD storage in the future.

So I am looking for a laptop in the $200 to $250 range with decent specs like i5 or higher processor 6 GB or more RAM, HD Screen (I dont need touchscreen), I will then invest $150 to $200 on upgrading to 512GB SSD.

The most important factor is to be able to just open 4 screws (if not lesser) and be able to replace the Hard Drive. I know there are laptops which are specifically designed to make this process easier by placing the hard drives on the corner of the laptop.
I believe most, if not all, (non-Apple) laptops nowadays make this process relatively easy. I think it's a common practice to upgrade/swap out your hard drive/RAM/wifi adapter so manufacturers have one or multiple covers you can pop out and make changes accordingly.
A few things you might want to explore so that you can keep your mechanical hard drive for additional storage.
-see if there's an msata or m.2 slot which will allow you to pop in an SSD drive without having to remove the original drive that came with the laptop... bearing in mind that you would have to buy a specific ssd with mentioned interface.
-depending on how often you use your cd-rom drive, you can buy an HD cd-rom caddy which will allow you to pop-in your orig. mechanical drive into the cdrom slot and then you can go ahead and throw in an SSD where the original hard drive was.
Overall, your best bet is it to find the laptop with the specs you're looking for and check out the manufactures website for "upgrading" tutorials to see how laborious the process might be... my guess pretty simple across the board.
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I believe most, if not all, (non-Apple) laptops nowadays make this process relatively easy. I think it's a common practice to upgrade/swap out your hard drive/RAM/wifi adapter so manufacturers have one or multiple covers you can pop out and make changes accordingly.
A few things you might want to explore so that you can keep your mechanical hard drive for additional storage.
-see if there's an msata or m.2 slot which will allow you to pop in an SSD drive without having to remove the original drive that came with the laptop... bearing in mind that you would have to buy a specific ssd with mentioned interface.
-depending on how often you use your cd-rom drive, you can buy an HD cd-rom caddy which will allow you to pop-in your orig. mechanical drive into the cdrom slot and then you can go ahead and throw in an SSD where the original hard drive was.
Overall, your best bet is it to find the laptop with the specs you're looking for and check out the manufactures website for "upgrading" tutorials to see how laborious the process might be... my guess pretty simple across the board.
g'luck
Thank You for your inputs. Appreciate it!

Now I have a SONY VGN-NW270F which has a Serial ATA 150 on it, so does this mean that it is compatible with SSD (I mean is it capable of handling the higher transfer rates of SSD), Am I correct in assuming this? If so, then I might just replace the hard drive on my old system and continue using it (the only issues with my laptop now is that when compared to the newer models it is heavier and the battery backup is horrible, but I can live with it, especially when I can get a 512 GB SSD for like 150 bucks).

Regarding your other points :
1) msata or m.2 slot --> I am not sure if my system has it. I tried Sony website to find out if it did and I could not find much info.
2) HD CD ROM caddy --> wouldn't having 2 hard drives instead of one screw up the energy consumption and in a weird way blow my battery. The current battery I am using is the one from the factory and it is towards the end of its life (barely gives me 5 mins backup). I tried buying a battery from Battery Pitt, but although it worked, my system just turns off by itself suddenly even when connected to external power source.
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Thank You for your inputs. Appreciate it!

Now I have a SONY VGN-NW270F which has a Serial ATA 150 on it, so does this mean that it is compatible with SSD (I mean is it capable of handling the higher transfer rates of SSD), Am I correct in assuming this? If so, then I might just replace the hard drive on my old system and continue using it (the only issues with my laptop now is that when compared to the newer models it is heavier and the battery backup is horrible, but I can live with it, especially when I can get a 512 GB SSD for like 150 bucks).

Regarding your other points :
1) msata or m.2 slot --> I am not sure if my system has it. I tried Sony website to find out if it did and I could not find much info.
2) HD CD ROM caddy --> wouldn't having 2 hard drives instead of one screw up the energy consumption and in a weird way blow my battery. The current battery I am using is the one from the factory and it is towards the end of its life (barely gives me 5 mins backup). I tried buying a battery from Battery Pitt, but although it worked, my system just turns off by itself suddenly even when connected to external power source.
I checked the model and saw it's circa 2009 which I doubt supports the newer SSD interfaces.
With SATA 150 you'll never see the maximum read/write speed potential listed for the device. However, I'm sure there will be a noticeable improvement from the mechanical drive.
Yes, presumably there would be an increase in energy consumption with having 2 HD's assuming they're both running all the time. But SSD are definitely more energy friendly and you can always play with the power option settings in windows or 3rd party software to spin down/turn off the secondary hard drive pursuant to your needs. Besides, it sounds like you're not getting much battery life as is so you're reliant on your AC adapter most of the time so energy consumption shouldn't be that big a factor.
I was in a similar situation as you with an old laptop with dead battery. I took the existing 750GB hard drive threw it in a caddy and put in a 120GB SSD I got for $35. I left all my movies, music and pics on the mechanical drive and installed OS, most of my progs on the SSD. Not a gamer so can't comment on that aspect. Regardless, it as a good compromise and got a couple more years out of the system till the screen went and replaced it with a new laptop.
Finally, in regards to your power/shutdown issues. Does your computer get hot when you're on AC power? Do you hear the laptop fans running high? That was my problem as it seems Windows tries to send instructions to recharge the battery but the battery is basically dead and my computer would overheat until it triggered the thermal senors to shutdown the laptop when it reach (100 celcius). In the end, I just disconnected the battery and always ran from external power on a very long extension cord... so i was pseudo-mobile but more than enough to meet my needs at the time.
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