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Solved Can i install an ssd in an eMachines computer?

January 15, 2013 at 11:48:22
Specs: Windows 7, athlon II x 4 645/6gb ddr2

Will an SSD work on my eMachines computer? Should I get SATA II or SATA III? I am using windows 7 home premium. Its an OEM motherboard. I want to keep the price under $100 and looking at a Kingston HyperX and a Samsung on Newegg. I would take out the regular hard drive, install the SSD (120gb) and install windows from the disk. Step 2, figure out how i would configure the regular hard drive just for storage since i have a lot of movies and music. What benefits will i see on a computer like this?

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January 15, 2013 at 12:30:23

Yes, an SSD will work with your computer. It will greatly speed up booting and program loading. Your computer only supports SATA II, so there's no real point in paying extra for SATA III unless you also buy a SATA III interface card. (It would provide futureproofing, but by the time you buy your next computer prices will be a fraction of what they are now.)

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January 15, 2013 at 20:22:46
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As far as step 2 is concerned, as long as the original hard drive is disconnected when you install Windows on your new SSD, it will include its own boot partition. Then when you plug in the old drive, it should just recognize it as a second drive only and not be bootable unless you designate it as such in your BIOS. If it does give you an issue, just go into your BIOS and designate it as not bootable. Then I generally recommend off loading all data from the drive (if you have enough room on another drive), deleting the current partition, create a new partition, and format it. Finally, copy back the files onto the clean drive for your storage.
Depending on the size of your SSD, you may be able to install your programs on it (at least the main ones you use a lot), or you may need to reserve the SSD just for the operating system. If you go with 120GB size range, you should have enough room for the programs to go on it. If you go in the 80GB range, probably a few important programs, smaller than that, probably not.

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