With an SDD hard drive, you make the computer quieter and often a little faster at the same time. Actually, these are not “hard drives” in the traditional sense of the word. And there are a few other differences that you have to watch out for if you want to install an SSD on your computer.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to install an SSD on your computer.
SSD hard drives are faster because they do not rely on moving parts, but use memory chips.
You can make use of their advantages wherever speed is required: For example, as a boot hard drive from which a PC or laptop is started. However, SSDs do not only differ from hard drives but also from each other.
So, if you want to install an SSD, you should check when purchasing it whether it will work at all on your device.
How to install an SSD on your computer: What to check
- SSD is available in two versions: On the one hand, as long bars that are a bit reminiscent of conventional memory bars. On the other hand, in a hard drive design that can even use the common slots.
- The “hard disk-like” SSDs require a SATA connection, which most PCs have and which can be expanded with cables if necessary.
- As a rule, such SSD hard drives are small and come in sizes of 1.8 and 2.5 inches. The standard slots in PCs, however, require a width of 3.5 inches. You can solve this problem with an adapter frame for just under $10 on Amazon.
- The bolt design requires an M.2 slot in the motherboard. These slots are not yet found, especially on older motherboards. Here you can only use the SSD variant.
- If you have a PCI slot but no M.2 slot, you can solve the problem with a PCI-to-M.2 adapter, which you can get for less than $30 on Amazon.
SSD installation in PC and laptop
Before you can install an SSD in your computer, you must use the checklist above to check which SSD fits and can be connected.
- For the ” SSD bar” design, you either need an M.2 slot or an adapter. This type of SSD is the easiest to install.
- For “hard disk-shaped” SSDs you need a suitable place for installation. Read beforehand in the manual of your laptop which size (1.8 or 2.5 inches) and height (7 or 9.5 mm) fits. In order to install such a tiny plate in a standing PC, you can either buy an adapter frame or risk “hanging up” the plate or placing it on the bottom of the case.
This is how you install an SSD hard drive on your PC or laptop:
- Disconnects the computer from the power .
- Finds a free hard drive slot . If it is too big, insert an adapter and screw it on. Most laptops only have space for one SSD.
- Insert the plate and screw it in place. Usually the necessary screws are included.
- Now the disk connects to a free SATA port and then to a free power plug .
Install the SSD bar in the PC or laptop:
The memory bar-shaped SSD requires an M.2 slot or a corresponding adapter. You don’t need a connection or power cable for this.
The SSD is simply carefully inserted into the slot and then clicked into place on the motherboard. It is then immediately ready for use.
When you start up the computer, the disk will usually be recognized immediately. Usually it is already formatted and you can use it immediately. However, if you intended to accelerate the PC with the help of an SSD , you have to add a few more steps.
The new SSD is obviously not set up as a boot drive. You have to make it bootable first , then change the boot order and then install an operating system on the SSD.
Through these processes your previous system becomes unusable. So it would be better if you clone your standard hard drive to an SSD beforehand and then set it up as a boot drive. Then you can use the system as before – only faster.
The boot process can be significantly accelerated by an SSD – especially compared to older hard drives.