replace old hard drive with SSD for my laptop

May 20, 2018 at 18:37:49
Specs: Windows 7
How can I find a compatible hard drive for my laptop? I just bought a second hand computer. I recognised that it runs too slow. So I want to add a SSD for it. But I don't know which SSD is compatible with my laptop. That's really annoying. So get me some advices please.

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#1
May 20, 2018 at 19:43:36
We don't know what type of laptop you have. For all we know you may have something too old to accept an SSD. Be as specific as possible in describing your hardware...

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#2
May 20, 2018 at 19:43:55
logon to crucial.com and let them scan the laptop for recommended upgrades.

They will install a small utilty - quite safe - which will determine what etc. and then you’ll see a list of possible options.


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#3
May 20, 2018 at 21:11:08
Answer #2 does not mean that you have to purchase from them or even their brand, but you can determine the best interface based on their recommendation and compare that to others and decide what best fits your needs.

You can give us the make and model number of the machine and we can look up the specs.
You can even give us the make and model of the hard drive and though not as complete, may give us enough clues to recommend.

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#4
May 21, 2018 at 09:32:26
A few things to consider...

1. running slowly could be due to many things. You didn't post the make/model or specs, so it could be an old WinXP laptop with Win7 installed, which means there might not be enough RAM. 4GB should be considered the minimum for reasonably good performance; more would be even better. Remember that the graphics generally "borrow" a portion of the system RAM for display purposes.
2. being that it's a used laptop, was the HDD wiped & Windows reinstalled before the sale? If not, it could be loaded with viruses, malware, spyware, etc., not to mention a bunch of useless crap left behind by the previous owner.
3. if you swap out the HDD for SSD, Win7 will need to be installed from scratch. Do you have a disc & product key for the installation? The existing HDD should have a Restore/Recovery partition on it; if the previous owner never created the Restore discs, you should be able to create them & use for the new install. It can only be done once so if the last owner already did it & he didn't give you the discs, you're out of luck going that route.
4. if #2 & #3 are the case, the best thing to do would be to wipe the OS partition & reinstall Win7 using the Restore/Recovery partition. That way you'll have a fresh Win7 install that can then be cloned to the new SSD.

Please post the make/model of your laptop.


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#5
May 22, 2018 at 00:13:39
Well, my laptop's make/model is ASUS K95VJ-YZ010H-BE.

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#6
May 22, 2018 at 00:16:53
Thanks, It is a ASUS K95VJ-YZ010H-BE laptop. This laptop has been reinstalled and there is no chance to store much viruses or malware. So I guess that is the hard drive problem and wanna to replace a new SSD for it. Any suggestions?

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#7
May 22, 2018 at 00:49:44
"This laptop has been reinstalled and there is no chance to store much viruses or malware"
If you didn't Delete all the partitions, there is every chance.

Partitions are deleted during the install, keep hitting Delete, until Format is greyed out.


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#8
May 22, 2018 at 17:10:55
Your laptop uses a 2.5" SATA hard drive so most 2.5" SATA SSD drives should work without problem. SATA 3.0 Drives are backward compatible with SATA 2.0 so that is no problem even if that is what you have though you will not achieve the maximum speed in that case.

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