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Ugrading laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zxspectrum, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    I have a lenovo z585, and im thinking of taking out the 1tb HD and replacing it with a 256 ssd drive, purely for speed purposes. I have an external drive which is also 1tb, and that is on usb 3, so for storing data im good to go etc.

    One thing i would like to know id personal experiences of anyone who has done it here?? and any pitfalls i should avoid

    I have a back up file to factory settings etc, but i was thinking of creating an image of this laptop, which is running windows 8, and then do the full reinstall with the new SSD installed??

    So im thinking it should be an easy job??

    ZX
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    We've upgraded a few laptops to SSD's and it give a new lease of life to older models and turbo charges the new models.

    Downfalls, none so far, but tbh it's still early days :)
     
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  3. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

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    I can't imagine using a mechanical hard drive for primary use anymore. Laptop or Desktop, the primary drive is solid state! :)
     
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  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Agree. It's a very straightforward job - clone it, swap it and use it.
     
  5. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yes did this with an ageing Thinkpad T60 the other week.

    Upgraded the CPU from a Core Duo (T2500) to a Core 2 Duo (T7200) and popped in an OCZ SSD and now it flies along.

    More responsive than a lot of the newer stuff (Core i5) we have in!

    Most SSD's come with a free available download to a cloning solution to copy your current Windows install across with ease...
     
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  6. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    I'm sure i read somewhere...then again maybe not,cloning a mechanical drive then using that clone on the SSD ment you didn't get all the benefits of the SSD.

    I could have maybe dreamt that lol
     
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  7. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yes, thankfully that was a *dream*

    To be fair to you though, there has (as always..!) been some strange pseudo-science on the 'net about a few of the settings needing to be different but, TBH, if there's anything that would cause problems, a combination of the cloning program and Windows itself make sure that you end up with a perfect Windows image from your original HD onto the SSD.

    NO need to worry for the end-user... :)
     
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  8. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks for clearing that up
     
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