Solved HP 620 adding ssd without removing hdd

January 12, 2020 at 12:23:19
Specs: Win 10
Hello!
I have an old laptop which i wanted to bring back to life for my mother. It is HP 620 and it's old. Like 10 years old.
I already ordered another ram stick and now i thought how about adding some cheap ssd just for system files and do a clean install of win 10.
I have two options and those are:
-PNY CS900 120g and
-Silicon power a55 120g
Both are 21e, so I'd like to get the one that's more reliable if possible, since I don't hear a lot about mentioned companies, especially PNY.
Also, is it even possible to add an ssd in this laptop?

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January 12, 2020 at 14:55:25
I've heard that some pholks have been able to replace the DVD drive with another HDD/SSD... But not sure how they went about it. A DVD unit is physically larger than a typical laptop hard drive (HDD or SSD).

I suspect you would need a suitable "caddy" or whatever into which to install the SSD and then insert/mount inside the cavity once used for the DVD?

A kwik broswe via dudkduckgo brings up a few hits about the subject of replacing a DVD drive with hard drive:

http://tinyurl.com/t8qecot

is one of them (there are also several youtube videos too). You'll note they refer to a caddy/adapter... Be aware that DVD drive units may vary a in physical design/size, so one has to be sure to get a "caddy/adapter" that is appropriate?

Personally I wouldn't waste time/effort doing that. Rather retain the DVD unit - always useful to have; and replace the HDD with an SSD.

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#1
January 12, 2020 at 13:07:46
"Also, is it even possible to add an ssd in this laptop?"

Yes, but personally I'd go solely with a Crucial SSD; 2 drives likely won't fit in the system.

https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/comp...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#2
January 12, 2020 at 13:37:51
Why do you think it wouldn't work?

Yeah, mx500 is great, i ordered 1tb for 100e for my main rig!


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January 12, 2020 at 13:49:43
The specs for the drive (as viewed on Seagate) say the current HDD is SATA... so

Get an SSD - preferable larger capacity than the current HDD.

I usually go for a 1Tb these days; minimum being 500Gig.

You clone the olde HDD to the new SSD; then switch the drives.

Job dun...

You will need a usb drive adapter to connect the SSD to the system in order to enable/run the cloning process of course.

You might consider partitioning the SSD so as to have the OS in the primary and the bulk of your data in the second partition. Logically you would clone the current HDD to the SSD Primary.


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January 12, 2020 at 14:05:19
Incidentally if this "is" a laptop - I doubt there's room for a second HDD/SSD...

If you decide to retain the current HDD then install OS etc. on it and use an external drive for data. Personally I'd replace the current HDD with an SSD - as above. Overall performance will be somewhat better.


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January 12, 2020 at 14:22:18
Sorry for not clarifying at start! I was thinking about adding ssd instead of dvd reader and doing clean win10 installation on it.
Yeah, my fault for not saying that at start, sorry again!
So, would that be possible in this laptop?

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January 12, 2020 at 14:55:25
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I've heard that some pholks have been able to replace the DVD drive with another HDD/SSD... But not sure how they went about it. A DVD unit is physically larger than a typical laptop hard drive (HDD or SSD).

I suspect you would need a suitable "caddy" or whatever into which to install the SSD and then insert/mount inside the cavity once used for the DVD?

A kwik broswe via dudkduckgo brings up a few hits about the subject of replacing a DVD drive with hard drive:

http://tinyurl.com/t8qecot

is one of them (there are also several youtube videos too). You'll note they refer to a caddy/adapter... Be aware that DVD drive units may vary a in physical design/size, so one has to be sure to get a "caddy/adapter" that is appropriate?

Personally I wouldn't waste time/effort doing that. Rather retain the DVD unit - always useful to have; and replace the HDD with an SSD.

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January 12, 2020 at 15:05:03
"And here's another "how to from here - the CN parent site (dated 2012...)

http://tinyurl.com/uy2lwow


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January 12, 2020 at 15:08:06
"Personally I wouldn't waste time/effort doing that. Rather retain the DVD unit - always useful to have; and replace the HDD with an SSD."

Agreed. If you need additional storage, add a hard drive (possibly the original internal, after switching to SSD) as an external USB drive.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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January 12, 2020 at 20:45:46
Usually laptops only have a single SATA port. Even the larger ones (17"+) that are sometimes available with second drives, unless you ordered it that way from the start, it will not have the needed hardware, plugs, wires, holder, etc. and those parts will be hard to find and expensive. On smaller ones you might fit it where the CD drive was but there will not likely be a second SATA port to plug it into.

I agree that if you are going to do this just get a slightly larger SSD driive and replace the drive completely. You do not need a very fast one or expensive one, just one that most users report is reliable for the long haul.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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January 12, 2020 at 22:13:53
@trvlr Thanks man. I'll see if i can have some spare time for this, presented in guides, or I'll just buy a larger ssd.

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#11
January 13, 2020 at 01:19:31
Are you sure WIN 10 will run on a 10 year old hardware??

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January 13, 2020 at 01:29:47
"Are you sure WIN 10 will run on a 10 year old hardware??"
No problem, I've run it on older comps.
If the OP is not happy, the SSD can always be used in a newer comp.

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January 13, 2020 at 03:57:07
I didn't try it on this particular model, but i've done it with msi v630 after upgrading it to 4gb of ram, and it's working much better compared to how it was on win7.

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