Swapping your conventional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a new Solid State Drive (SSD)

I recently received a call from one of my customers that one of their computers in their office was performing very slowly.  It was an older computer which was using a conventional Hard Drive with a capacity of 500GIG.

Option 1:  Replace the computer with a new computer which would come with a SSD drive installed.  The cost of such a machine could be between $1100 and $1600.  On top of this we would have to setup the machine to work in the office by adding networked printers, mapped network drives, configure standard antivirus software, install Office 2013 again etc.  All this will take a few hours and add to the overall cost.

Option 2:  Clone the contents of the existing drive onto a new SSD drive of the same size and and then unplug the old drive and connect the new.  Under the covers there is a change to the drive, but nothing appears to have changed on the PC except for the boost in performance.  Cost here would be 1-2 hours in labour plus the cost of the drive.  Drives vary in cost depending on the brand, quality and capacity of the drive in GIGABYTES.  It is always recommended to cleanup the drive and remove all unnecessary data to speed up the cloning process.

SSD drive are 2.5″ drive sizes which are normally the size put into laptops.  The capacity of the drives start as small as 120GIG and go up to 1 Terabyte or 1000GIG and can cost from around $100 up to $500.

I finished cloning of the drive and the computer performance was as the customer put in  and I quote “computer booted-up ‘like lightening’…thanks”

The drive rating using the Windows Experience Index went from a 5.9 to a 7.4 out of a possible 7.9.  Vast improvement.

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