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    GordonSweet
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    Is it a simple matter to replace a standard Hard Drive with one of the faster but smaller SSD drives, such as by plugging in the usual data plug and power plug?

    Do they fit into the same slot as the other drives.

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    Anonymous
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    As long as the SSD is the same physical size as the one it’s replacing, it’s a straight swap. The PC won’t know the difference, except for the speed increase you’ll see.

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    biggles77
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    GordonSweet;286692 wrote:
    Is it a simple matter to replace a standard Hard Drive with one of the faster but smaller SSD drives, such as by plugging in the usual data plug and power plug?

    Do they fit into the same slot as the other drives.

    Are you referring to laptops or desktops Gordon? As mentioned they will usually fit into the laptop unless it is a model that took the earlier thicker14mm 750GB HDD. The standard size mechanical HDD is now 9.5mm so a 9mm SSD is not a problem however you may get some movement in the HDD bay if the SSD is the 7mm version. If it is a desktop then you will need a cradle of the appropriate size to make it fit. 3.5″ to 2.5″ Adaptor

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    GordonSweet
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    Thanks Guys. The position is not wanting to download massive Gb of Music or DVDs etc. you will not be surprised to learn after all these years I have only used up 55 GB of the 465 Gb on this hard drive. So one day I might replace it with a small fast SSD120 Gb drive from my local PC shop.

    But I have no plans to try to tinker with any if the free laptops I acquired. One has a blank white line display, another no display at all but shows on a TV and Monitor, and the third the CD/DVD drive does not recognise any disks. I have offered to lend the last which the battery still holds a charge to anyone in the Radio club to write an article for the club News Letter.

    Is there anyone in the Hastings UK area interested in repairing any for a few quid?

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    Ossian
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    The hardest part is transferring the existing OS and files – there are plenty of applications to do so but it can be time consuming.

    Depending on the OS you are running (is it still Win9x :lol:) you should shrink disk volumes before migrating to a smaller drive.

    As said, unless you get an mSATA format drive, an SSD should easily fit into a laptop and, with a (cheap) adaptor, fit a desktop (alternatively you could – since there are no moving parts, just leave it loose inside the desktop (or use a bit of Velcro to secure it))

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    christy18
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    We’ve updated to Samsung EVO 840 SSD drives.
    They come with a very good cloning software that will move your OS/ data etc to the SSD.

    Done it with over 40 PC’s with no issues.
    Brought new life into some test XP boxes and early W7 boxes that were heading for WEEE skip.

    This is the marketing blurb…
    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/about/SSD840EVO.html

    But I’d recommend them.

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    biggles77
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    GordonSweet wrote:
    I have only used up 55 GB of the 465 Gb on this hard drive.

    Gordon, you really must stop downloading low resolution porn. You will never fill the drive that way, err so I am told. :oops: [ATTACH]6101[/ATTACH]

    Another option is the SSHD. Not as fast as an SSD but a lot quicker than a mechanical drive. However since you look like you will be fin with a Samsung 840 120GB SSD. Don’t know about the smaller size but the 1TB has a 3 year warranty (will look this up after tea and get back with the info (if I can bloody remember to). The Samsung 840 Pro has a 5 year warranty though they are a bit more expensive. Just read an article about some site doing a destruction test on some SSDs and the Evo Pro and another I can’t remember have reach 1.6PB worth of read/writes. I think the article equated that to 40 years of normal usage.

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    Ossian;286713 wrote:
    The hardest part is transferring the existing OS and files – there are plenty of applications to do so but it can be time consuming.

    Depending on the OS you are running (is it still Win9x :lol:) you should shrink disk volumes before migrating to a smaller drive.

    As said, unless you get an mSATA format drive, an SSD should easily fit into a laptop and, with a (cheap) adaptor, fit a desktop (alternatively you could – since there are no moving parts, just leave it loose inside the desktop (or use a bit of Velcro to secure it))

    I have a 120GB SSD flapping around inside a microserver. just kind of sits there, not attached at all

    I’ve also got a Samsung Evo in my laptop andI’m happy with it.
    I think a smaller one went into my old (now my wife’s) laptop

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    GordonSweet
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    Thanks folks. As I found several time in the past, though it is a long winded job of installing an OS I do have a spare Win XP and Win 7. Perhaps it would not take quite so long with a faster SSD drive. I will think about it one day.

    Being a Radio HAM for many years I am quit handy at simple metal work and as before I dare say I could concoct a cradle to house a SSD drive if necessary.

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    just clone your drive.. easier than reinstalling

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    biggles77
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    GordonSweet;286751 wrote:
    Thanks folks. As I found several time in the past, though it is a long winded job of installing an OS I do have a spare Win XP and Win 7. Perhaps it would not take quite so long with a faster SSD drive. I will think about it one day.

    Transfer the O/S install files to a USB thumbdrive and the install to an SSD takes about 15 minutes. Doing the blasted Updates takes the time however you can shorten this by slipstreaming the Hotfixes etc by using a nice little easy to use program called nLite. Download Well worth looking at Gordon. If you want help putting the install files onto a USB the don’t hesitate to ask. I have created one using instruction online that has all versions of Windows 7 SP1 both x86 & x64 except for Starter and x64 Enterprise. Damn handy when you don’t know what version the client requires.

    I would strongly suggest that you only use XP on a machine that will have ZERO connection to the Internet.

    [EDIT] Really do need an eye checkup. nLite only supports XP & Server 2003 32 & 64bit versions. Read IE 7 as Windows 7 due to blurred vision (only made the 7 out). Apologies Gordon for supplying incorrect information. There is a Beta version of NTLite that does the same thing with Windows 7 & 8 as nLite. Keep in mind it is in Beta.

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    cruachan
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    Personally I prefer to reinstall. Takes about an hour or so on SSD (bottleneck on read times from the optical drive is the issue most of the time), often less, and you are guaranteed a clean copy of windows with no crap. I’ve only ever done clones for other people who have loads of apps etc they wanted transferred.

    Once you’ve gone SSD you won’t go back though – I’ve got a Surface Pro Gen 1 and it boots up in about 5 seconds.

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    wullieb1
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    cruachan;286780 wrote:
    (bottleneck on read times from the optical drive is the issue most of the time).

    What is this “optical drive” you speak of??

    :twisted::twisted::twisted:

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    cruachan
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    wullieb1;286790 wrote:
    What is this “optical drive” you speak of??

    :twisted::twisted::twisted:

    Coffee cup holder on your desktop machine. :wink:

    When I worked at Dell they loved acronyms, so they were called ODDs which is rather fitting these days…

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    biggles77
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    cruachan wrote:
    Coffee cup holder on your desktop machine. :wink:

    Oh brilliant. Lucky I didn’t have a mouthful of Milo when I read that. [ATTACH]6106[/ATTACH]

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    Ossian
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    cruachan;286810 wrote:
    Coffee cup holder on your desktop machine. :wink:

    When I worked at Dell they loved acronyms, so they were called ODDs which is rather fitting these days…

    This one?
    %D0%B3%D0%B8%D1%84%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%8B%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B5%D0%B9-%D0%9A%D0%BE%D0%BC%D0%B8%D0%BA%D1%81%D1%8B-%D0%B3%D0%B8%D1%84%D0%BA%D0%B8-1151466.jpeg

    tehcamel
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    omg zip drive!
    the only thing that’s missing is a 5.25″ and an LS120 !

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    Dumber
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    Ive an Intel SSD in my laptop. I simply cloned in about an hour or so (few 100gigs)

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    wullieb1
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    cruachan;286810 wrote:
    Coffee cup holder on your desktop machine. :wink:

    When I worked at Dell they loved acronyms, so they were called ODDs which is rather fitting these days…

    :beer::beer::beer::beer:

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    cruachan
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    Can we have a coffee cup smiley added? :mrgreen:

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    biggles77
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    Dumber;287000 wrote:
    Ive an Intel SSD in my laptop. I simply cloned in about an hour or so (few 100gigs)

    Grrrrrrrrr. :envy: :envy: :envy:

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    Wired
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    Talked to someone once (2001 or so) who accidentally broke off their coffee cup holder on their PC… :)

    Don’t forget – some SSDs are thinner than others as well.

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    GordonSweet
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    Is there any chance SSD drives will replace old drives in even old Laptops. Also can they be used to as External Drives via the USB port on most PCs and Laptops even old ones?

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    wullieb1
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    GordonSweet;287066 wrote:
    Is there any chance SSD drives will replace old drives in even old Laptops. Also can they be used to as External Drives via the USB port on most PCs and Laptops even old ones?

    Yes every possibility.

    Yes they can.

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    Ossian
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    #189931

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    Check the speed of your USB ports first, as that may well be slower than the SSDs transfer speed

    Also check the SATA speed of the laptop (and make sure it IS SATA!)

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