Solved Is a SSD drive appropriate for a Lenovo G50 from 2014

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December 26, 2017 at 06:17:24
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, Intel Core i3 2120 - 3.30 GHz-4GB / 4GB DDR3 Ram
Is an SSD drive appropriate for a Lenovo G50 laptop purchased in 2014. I cannot find what SATA type it has The laptop has a CPU: Intel Core i3-4005U CPU @ 1.70GHz. Is the difference in speed worthwhile the purchase ?

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December 26, 2017 at 06:45:57
There'll be at least sides in this debate...

Based on my own experience with a Macbook Pro (2005 vintage) I'd go for it. The improvement in performance will be noticable; as will be the time to boot (shorter); and battery life too between charges.

However... Why are you considering this move, this option?

As regards which SSD to get... logon to crucial.com and let them scan your laptop fully. The generated report will state what's what re' memory and hard drive; and give a list assorted upgrades compatible with your model laptop.

As for buying an SSD from them, someimes they are slightly cheaper (same crucial SSD) on Amazon...

So again, why considering to change the current hard drive at this time?


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December 26, 2017 at 08:23:00
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Not sure what you mean by "appropriate"? You can certainly install a SSD & it will definitely perform better than a standard HDD, but depending on how much you're willing to spend, the storage capacity will likely be considerably less. From what I could find, you probably have a G50-70-59440028 with either a 500GB or 1TB HDD.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenov...

Is there anything wrong with the HDD? The price of SSD's has come down, but larger drives are still fairly expensive. 500GB are about $150; 1TB are about $250. Standard HDDs (7200rpm w/32MB buffer) are about $40/$65 in the same capacities. I also see you're running W7 32-bit & only have 4GB RAM. It might be more cost effective to get a faster standard HDD or smaller SSD, increase the RAM to 8GB, & install a 64-bit OS.

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compa...

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December 26, 2017 at 08:53:30
For laptops, I recommend SSDs for reliability alone. The added performance is just a side benefit. That said, is the speed worth it? I don't know. How much time do you spend waiting on disk I/O, and how much is that time worth to you?

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#4
December 26, 2017 at 21:24:46
If the laptop has the place and connection for a second drive bay then it will be a no brainer, you install a 240-250GB SSD for Windows and your programs and then reinstall the wiped hard drive for a storage drive. Any good current SATA SSD drive will be suitable but capacity does effect the price considerably. Since you probably do not have a second drive bay then it will depend on how much you can spend and what size capacity you need for the laptop. Look at what amount of the current drive is being used and how much more you may need in the future. You will have to plan on maintaining at least 15% of the drive unused for it to perform properly so add that to your calculations.
Then plan on installing Windows 7 from scratch so you can install it as a 64bit version and add the extra memory as also recommended above to get the best performance out of the system that you can.
Your answer = cost + time and trouble. Only you can answer that one.

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December 29, 2017 at 03:45:10
trvlr - I consider to upgrade because I would like more speed in running my older laptop. Have run the Crucial app and seen the possibilities.

riider - By appropriate I really meant is it worth it. My laptop has a 250 GB HDD and still has plenty of place. I don't need a lot of GB, as I use an external HDD to store all my back-ups, and other data. I have taken up your suggestion to also upgrade the RAM to 8 GB. But I am puzzled with your last suggestion to install a 64-bit OS. I thought that the type of OS one can install, solely depended on the present motherboard. Do you mean I can install the 64-bit version I have of my Win 7 ?

Razor2.3 - I have upgraded my PC with an 250 GB SSD and find working pleasure much better.

Thank you all for your advice. Willem 1933


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December 29, 2017 at 20:45:45
Intel i3 and all possible chipsets are 64bit. Yes you can install Windows 7 64bit on your machine but it will have to be a completely clean install meaning that you have to wipe the hard drive (or use the new SSD drive) and install it from media as a 64bit operating system. You may be able to use your existing Windows key if you have it on the sticker or use one of the programs that can show it to you before you remove your current install.
You cannot use more than approximately 3.2GB RAM with 32bit Windows 7 so to use your new memory you will have to install the 64bit version of Windows 7.
Your Windows 7 license is tied to the motherboard and cannot be use on another motherboard but it does not mean that you cannot use the 64bit on your motherboard and it is likely that your license will work on the 64bit version (though others may be able to confirm to correct this part) of Windows 7.

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