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Looking to upgrade your laptop’s internal storage but don’t know how to replace your old hard drive? Well, we have the perfect guide for you. In this video we’re going to to show you how to safely replace your Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD).

SSD drives are a great option for those wanting speed and versatility whilst also saving on weight. With SSDs now falling price, it’s the perfect time to upgrade your laptop or PC for gaming or simply to update an old system.

How to: Swap your HDD for a SSD:

How to replace a HDD with a SSD Steps:

1- First off locate the hard drive bay, (usually a smallish rectangle shape on the back of the laptop)

2- Remove any affixing screws around the HDD bay. It’s important you remove every screw as to not damage the laptop.

3- If your laptop has a caddy, remove any screws holding the actual HDD in place.

4- Gently pull or release the HDD from the bay. You will usually need to slide the HDD a little away from the connector pins (be careful to not damage the connector but it might need a little jiggle)

5- Take the HDD out of the bay, again watching for any connections (Keep the HDD safe if you’re using it again). 

6- Unscrew (or slide) the HDD out of the caddy and replace the HDD with your new SSD.

7- Re-screw the new SSD into the caddy, making sure all pins line up. 

8- Put the new SSD (in-caddy) back inside the open bay, remembering to line up the pins and re-screw.

9- Seal up the unit, and go.

 

A Few Warnings: 

-Each laptop will be laid out a little different so please check the manufacturer guide as to the design. 

-Make sure to clear that static before diving in!

-Your warranty may be voided by opening your laptop. Take your laptop to a specialist if you have any concerns.

– New SSD/HDDs will not have an Operating System (OS) preloaded, so you will need to either clone your previous drive, or reload the OS onto the blank drive.

 – Remember to backup or copy any files you want to save from your existing HDD to move over to the SSD.

 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. The main thing I’d need to know about this is the process of cloning the OS and this is completely overlooked by the article. Poor writing.

  2. I have an external DVD player to read or write any disks.
    Can I keep the HD in its original position and fix the SSD in the DVD drive slot and install the OS on it ?
    Because the storage capacity of the SSD is still very costly I can still have all those gigabytes on my original Hard disk

  3. In theory with the right adapters, yes, however, if you have an additional hdd or floppy drive slot this is much easier.

  4. How do you clone a 500gb hdd onto a 250gb ssd? What software can do this? The bigger drive isn’t anywhere near full capacity.

  5. Look for hiren boot disk, has tons of usefull disk cloning packages that allows you to resize the source disk to destination. Always be careful of the system reserved spaces, they will want to continue same size as before, only the C: or other drives that resize within incident.

    All assuming you are not using more space than the one you are cloning too! Delete your rubbish before cloning.

  6. Useless. This should be called how to put an SSD into your PC case. As others have mentioned the hard bit is cloning your C drive onto the SSD and then ensuring it’ll boot up properly.

    Now that would be a useful guide, especially if it covers those occasions when the PC refuses to boot from the new drive!

  7. Daddydaycare what I do to be on the safe side is partition the HD into 2 drives using EaseUS partition master free, then move all if the user data documents, pictures, music etc onto the new partition.

    That should leave you with much less data on your C drive. Then use your cloning software of choice to copy the c drive to the SSD.

    I’ve found the free software Samsung provides with its EVO drives to do a good job but there are many others. Windows 7 is usually straightforward but some OEM windows 8 installs can cause problems if they are set up in a certain way, in which case if you can’t get it to boot after cloning you may need to Google how to change the boot drive in Windows.

  8. So I just remove the old one and replace with one of your ssd’s??? No, didn’t think so. How do I get the operating system on the new one????

  9. I’m with Mark P, but I use 3 partions:
    – C = OS + anything that refuses to install anywhere else
    – D = Major applications that can be installed anywhere else but the C drive
    – E = All the data
    DVD/CD drive sometimes interrupts that sequence – could be D, or G if Windows Disk Management allows it

    Have upgraded from XP & Vista to W7 on several machines with that drive configuration – and everything on D/E has been retained without damage, although sometimes needs to reinstalled to same locations to get the OS to figure out how to load them (but at least you can see what should go where!).

    Then when you install an SSD, you clone the C drive alone, check that the contents match the old C drive and then delete that partition and expand the old D/E (using Erasus Partition Manager or something similar)to take over the existing HDD disk space. Result should be a new SSD C drive and lots more space on your D/E drives. (relatively) Simples!

    Only drawback seems to be that you might lose access to the Recovery Partition (probably because it’s drive Letter was changed in the partitioning process, and the Recovery s/w only looks for the old Drive letter – not sure how to deal with that, but, so far, I have never really had to deal with that problem.

    So, I’m toying with the idea of doing that on several machines – main issues are which SSDs to chose, and how to deal with the C drive cloning process.

  10. PS: always best to partition your HDD as the first thing you do when you get a new machine, and then install all the “new” s/w – that way, there should be no need to be b*****ed about by files being in the wrong places.

    That’s what I routinely do and it pays dividends in both the short and long terms.

  11. If you’re doing this on a Mac the backup part is easy – just run Time Machine to back up to an external drive, then boot from the external drive to reinstall. You’ll need a firewire drive on PowerPC models (e.g. later G4 and G5 models), later ones can use USB. Of course getting at the drive in a Mac to do this is a total pain… it’s not too bad on older MacBook Pros, you just need a screwdriver and some patience, but with the newer kit it’s a nightmare.

  12. Yes ….. totally hopeless description . It ends with the instruction it should start with ….. begin by backing up . I’d be considering a change of career if it wrote rubbish like that as a job !

  13. 1. Buy a desktop.
    2. Unscrew a few obvious screws.
    3. Stick the SSD into a spare bay
    4. You know have a hard disk and a SSD
    5. Cloning is incredibly easy.
    6. If you have a Linux machine, you will find it extra easy.
    7. I use the old disk as a backup destination…

  14. My son could have written a better explanation with some content on the most important element: the cloning of the drive; and my son still occasionally wets himself. But may be so does the author?

  15. So having been roundly condemned as TOTALLY INADEQUATE, you republished this article three months later hoping nobody would notice?

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