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Creaky old laptop pissing you off?

Postby Black » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:28 pm

Bought an SSD hard drive for the wife's laptop plus a usb caddy to put the old drive in for transferring everything and then to use as a backup drive. Total cost £50.

The old laptop was bought in 2007 running Vista. It had virtually ground to a halt and I could see the hd was struggling to cope so I thought this might be a cheap way to speed it up and give it a few more years as there is nothing wrong with it in essence.

Holy effing crap - it has utterly transformed the thing, much better than when it was new!!!
Some of the speed-up will be due to the clean install but I've done a re-install before and it didn't take long to slow down once you got a few meaty programs on there - this time its impeccable. This was my valentines present (yes I'm so romantic) and she loves it to bits!!

It probably took a day in reality to get it all sorted with inevitable glitches - the Windows updates are a pain as there's so many but its now a solid platform that works how you would want.

If you have an old creaking laptop that has no mechanical issues get an SSD - its a no-brainer, works so much better than I anticipated - really just do it! :-D
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Re: Creaky old laptop pissing you off?

Postby briggfoot » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:52 pm

Nice, Black. I just bought a usb caddy having read your post, and will give it a try then try an SSD hard-drive in future.
The hard-drive in my laptop popped it's clogs about a month ago, and has just sat here gathering dust whilst I think what to do with it, and whether there's a way of extracting the data off it without paying through the nose.
Looks like much more suitable drives for laptop computers which are used whilst commuting/mobile etc.
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Re: Creaky old laptop pissing you off?

Postby Black » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:28 pm

How did your laptop hd die? From my experience if you put it in a caddy that you know is reliable (they're cheap and some don't work too well) and you still can't get it going it is dead and would cost a small fortune to get data off it.

Looks like much more suitable drives for laptop computers which are used whilst commuting/mobile etc.
Yep, more reliability - no moving parts so less susceptible to impact damage. Also the SSD uses less power so should make the laptop battery last longer.
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Re: Creaky old laptop pissing you off?

Postby flacky » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:47 am

Recently bought myself a dogs bollocks MacBook Pro with a SSD. FUCK... Total cost, over 2k.

Within 20 seconds of hitting the on button, I have Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign all open.

Looking into a retro fit for my Desktop mac now.

SSD is amazing. Might look into doing what you've done for my older MBP now. Given it to the kids rather than selling.
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Re: Creaky old laptop pissing you off?

Postby Hoppimike » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:52 pm

Yeah makes sense that that worked because I mean... I mean firstly a Windows reinstall will help a lot regardless. On top of that of course as we all know the read/write speed for an SSD is way higher.

I still use normal drives but I of course make sure I have plenty of RAM and good all-round specs - I use my PC for gaming.

I'm cool with the old drives but I'll get an SSD when they're a bit lower in price or maybe when my current drives pack up!
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