How to replace the laptop hard drive with a faster one

8 responses

  1. theMike
    March 12, 2014

    i had a little dell netbook. to replace the hard drive i had to take the screws out from the back. insert a smaller pin into the same screw holes and pop the keyboard off from the front without destroying the paper thin ribbon wire running to the keyboard. with 8 gigs of ram and a 120gb ssd that was a kickass netbook until someone stole it

  2. Olly
    March 12, 2014

    A word of warning. Some newer laptops can only accommodate low-profile 2.5″ drives (normally about 7mm tall rather than 9.5mm IIRC). If in doubt, check first.

  3. ilev
    March 13, 2014

    Why not install both ?
    I bought a Thinkpad E520 with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. I added a 128GB mSATA SSD drive which hosts Windows OS (C) while the hard disk became drive D for data.

    • Olly
      March 13, 2014

      From the photos I’d say Martin would have to give up his internal wifi card to pull that off, even then I’m not sure it would fit. Looks like the long gap to the left of the wifi card has not actually got a second mini PCI-e socket, just room for one should they want to add it to some models of the laptop.

  4. Nelson
    March 15, 2014

    I upgrade laptops at my job with SSD’s almost weekly and can attest to the speed difference. I eventually put one in my 1 yr old laptop and the speed boost is nothing but impressive!

    My Wn 8.1 boot time went from about 15 seconds to 3 seconds. Programs launch almost immediately and overall much faster than before.

    For those that still have Optical Drives, you can buy a converter that adapts your hard drive so you can plug it in and place it in your optical drive slot for secondary use. I haven’t done this, but might in the future.

  5. TL
    March 15, 2014

    Those tiny screws. I thought of an easy solution. Take a largish piece of paper and pierce it with each removed screw in the relative positions to where they were removed from the laptop.

  6. albresc
    April 15, 2014

    Martin, you say:
    ‘… In addition to that, it is also reducing the noise of the device as Solid State Drives do not emit noise. …’
    I say:
    In addition to this, it is also reducing the heat of the device as Solid State Drives do not emit (almost) heat.
    I’m using all laptops at home with SSDs, Samsung 830 or Intel 520 (now ‘old’) with great joy!
    Even my desktop ‘archive’ with 8x3TB HDDs boots from a small 40GB Intel SSD in less than 15 seconds…
    Also it was a breeze cloning the original HDDs to the SSDs using Acronis True Home Image (could be Paragon Hard Disk Manager, etc.).
    More, my old Dell Latitude D830 with 4GB RAM (and of course an SSD) feels like new! The same for the others.
    Until they die I will buy no new machines!

    • Martin Brinkmann
      April 15, 2014

      You are right, no heat as well. Thanks for mentioning that.

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