Speed up your old computer or laptop

December 03, 2020

Trust me when I say that your computer is not as slow as it feels for you now. For most of us no matter how latest laptop models we try to buy, If it has HDD, it will start to get slower as we put our data and install more programs on it.

HDDs are the slowest part of any computer and that’s why it is called secondary memory


The solution is to replace HDD in your computer with SSD. SSDs (Solid State Drive) are different and newer kind of storage option. Unlike HDD they do not have any moving parts, no disk no spinning no vibration nothing. Also they are generally 10 to 50 times faster at handling your files. Compared to HDD which can handle 10 to 15 read/write operations per second, SSD can easily handle more than 2000 read write operations.

Those merits converts into a great experience for you as a user. Your computer which used to take around 3 to 5 minutes to turn on and get ready for you to work on, with SSD you can start working on your computer in less than 30 seconds after pressing the power button. Also your programs like Microsoft word or photoshop should load 3 to 10 times faster. Or as a programmer my code compilation times are at least 3 times faster.

As a professional saved second is money.

Or every saved second for my mom when turning on her computer means little less of listening to how slow is this computer son.

How do I install SSD on my computer or laptop

Well, There are two options here

  • Get an experienced person to do it for you
  • Buy and do it yourself (With all the help from YouTube)

If you choose to go to someone with expertise, they will help you with everything.

And if you want to do it yourself, you can choose an SSD from the list below. And then follow a YouTube video demonstrating this upgrade

SSD for regular users

Crucial BX500 240GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch SSD (CT240BX500SSD1) https://amzn.to/35TldVG

Crucial BX500 480GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch SSD (CT480BX500SSD1) https://amzn.to/333mKqc

Western Digital WD Green 240 GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (WDS240G2G0A) https://amzn.to/3nMwlcZ

Western Digital WD Green 480 GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (WDS480G2G0A) https://amzn.to/2IPJnI0

SSD for power users, Software developers or professionals

Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SATA 2.5” Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MZ-76E250) https://amzn.to/35UGbDi

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA 2.5” Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MZ-76E500) https://amzn.to/337Gau0

Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (CT500MX500SSD1) https://amzn.to/3lUcxDL

Crucial MX500 250GB SATA 2.5-inch 7mm Internal SSD (CT250MX500SSD1) https://amzn.to/2HpDTTx

WD Blue 2.5” SATA SSD, 550MB/s R, 525MB/s W, 5 Y Warranty, 250GB https://www.amazon.in/Western-Digital-250GB-Internal-WDS250G2B0A-dp-B073SB2MXW

Feel free to contact me on twitter (@prasadsunny1) if you need help.

Written by Sanni Prasad who lives and works in Ahmedabad creating apps using Flutter . follow me on Twitter