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

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

Windows itself will eat a ton.

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Feb 24th, 2018 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

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Feb 24th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

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Feb 24th, 2018 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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Feb 24th, 2018 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

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Feb 24th, 2018 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I recognize that one as being MSE.

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Feb 24th, 2018 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup. That's what it is.

Re: Turning it off

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Feb 24th, 2018 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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Feb 25th, 2018 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, how will the OS be transferred?

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Feb 25th, 2018 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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)

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Feb 25th, 2018 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Even I can do that. Possibly.

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Feb 25th, 2018 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Toshiba's are a PITA to replace the HDD. You practically have to take the entire thing apart and remove the mother board. Not hard and their are good step by step instructions on the Toshiba site on how to do this, just be warned.

Having a good set of automotive detailing tools used for taking off door panels and dash parts is good for removing the bezel around the laptop screen.

I've replaced the hard drive in my HP laptop, my wife's HDD in a Toshiba laptop and an LCD screen on my daughter's Toshiba laptop.

Take your time and keep track of the screws and parts and where they go.

Good luck.

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Feb 25th, 2018 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I got lucky. I’ve seen a video of replacing the drive on my exact model, and all you have to is pull the bottom plastic - nine screws, I believe.

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Feb 26th, 2018 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, you got very lucky!

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Feb 26th, 2018 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the physical swap was a piece of cake on my HP ProBook.

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