Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to Upgrade a Solid State Drive in a Laptop

Unlike a traditional hard drive, which contains a spinning internal disk, a solid-state drive uses a microchip to store data. This drive contains no moving parts. It's a very high-tech storage device for your computer, but it contains the same interface as a regular hard drive. This means that it fits in your computer the same way a regular hard drive does, so the removal and replacement procedure is no different from a standard hard drive.
1.Turn off your laptop computer and remove the power cable along with any peripheral cables connected to the unit.
2.Close the screen and turn the laptop upside down. Slide the battery out of its compartment on the bottom of the laptop.
3.Locate the hard drive compartment on the bottom of the computer. Consult your user guide if you are having difficulty locating the compartment. The hard drive compartment is usually the largest of the compartments on the bottom of your laptop.
4.Remove the screws securing the compartment cover and lift it up to expose the solid state drive.
5.Slide the hard drive out of the laptop. If your old hard drive is enclosed in a metal frame then remove the screws on the corners of the frame and remove the hard drive.
6.Fit the solid-state drive in the frame, if there is one, and replace the screws. Fit the drive into the compartment, making sure the interface at the bottom of the drive plugs securely into the port in the hard drive compartment.
7.Replace the compartment cover and screws.

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