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HeavyDuty
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Feb 23rd, 2018 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a three year old Toshiba compact laptop that has a snails pace hard drive. It was an inexpensive machine but is in great condition and fills my needs - or would if it were faster. RAM is 4 gig and nonexpendable. I run Win 10 with Classic Shell on it.

Talking to friends leads me to think replacing the old 5400 RPM HD with a SSD will likely give me a big speed bump. Not in processing, but in boot and application startup times - which is where things are lacking.

Crucial offers a direct drop-in SSD for about $130, and I'm tempted to give it a try. I've found videos on YT for opening my exact model to access the HD, and it's a breeze.

Has anyone done this kind of upgrade that can offer an opinion of whether it's worth doing?

reverendrob
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Feb 23rd, 2018 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

It'll make a world of difference - with 4gb of RAM, you're using a ton of swap space on the hard drive.

That'll be faster on the SSD by far.

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Feb 23rd, 2018 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have two basically identical Dell laptops purchased within 6 weeks of each other. One has a mechanical HD the other SSD, about 500G each. The SSD machine kicks the mechanical machine in boot time and opening applications. Each of these machines have 8G of RAM. Both Windows 10.

The SSD unit also runs much cooler and gets better battery life.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 23rd, 2018 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, that’s what I was hoping to hear. Ordering...

reverendrob
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Feb 24th, 2018 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Other thing you'll net out of it is a certain amount of more idiot-proofing.

It won't make the laptop bulletproof, but there's no magnetic drive to trash at that point by shock/dropping/etc.


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Feb 24th, 2018 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

My newly installed Crucial SSD is working fast and fine in my HP ProBook 4540s. I wish I knew what additional bloatware services I could shut down since I use this unit heavily for recording, HP is laden with stuff. Even sitting idle my task manager shows no less than 27% memory at work, and that's with 8 gig of ram. This was the case before the swap, too.





reverendrob
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Feb 24th, 2018 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Windows itself will eat a ton.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 24th, 2018 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good to hear you had a positive experience with a Crucial SSD, ‘uch - mine already shipped. How did the copy of your old drive and installation of the new go?

Did you try looking up the processes that are running to see what you can safely kill? I like CCleaner both as a cleanup utility and as an easy way to control Startup.

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Feb 24th, 2018 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I too did this SSD upgrade on two of my laptops and have to say you will be amazed at startup, shutdown and loading software.

Any disk related activity is increased.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 24th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I sometimes use photo processing software on this little laptop because it’s small for travel - that results in a lot of disk read and write activity because the RAM is so small. I’m curious to see how that will be affected.

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Feb 24th, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Transfer went really easy. I had a couple hiccups on versions of some really old music software that required re-registration, but for the most part it was seamless.

I've already shutdown a bunch of HP related bloatware. One of the bigger hogs is an antimalware exe that doesn't let me shut it down, plus several servicehost exe's.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 24th, 2018 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Which antimalware is it? IMO some of the commercial products are malware in their own right.

littleuch
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Feb 24th, 2018 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

It comes up as MsMpEng.exe, which is likely part of Microsoft Security Essentials. I disable MSE when running off line and doing music programs, but that still runs on the background. From what I've researched there isn't any easy way to disable it.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 24th, 2018 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I recognize that one as being MSE.

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Feb 24th, 2018 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yup. That's what it is.

Re: Turning it off

littleuch
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Feb 24th, 2018 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

^That doesn't stop executable file from running in the background.

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Feb 25th, 2018 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

So, how will the OS be transferred?

HeavyDuty
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Feb 25th, 2018 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the OS gets transferred when the new drive is copied, but I’m not completely clear about that. Crucial has a utility that does the copy, I assume that’s how it’s handled.

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Feb 25th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, done in the transfer. New SSD comes with software, physically hooks up to laptop via USB, when done you replace the old drive with the new, Bing bang badaboom.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 11:44 AM, Feb 25th, 2018)

HeavyDuty
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Feb 25th, 2018 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Even I can do that. Possibly.

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