What is SSD?
SSD stands for solid-state drive. It is a newer and smarter storage technology- the latest hotcake of the computer world, which has progressed rapidly in very recent years. An SSD is a solid-state storage device- uses a compact circuit panel as a memory to store data persistently. SSD reads and writes data much faster than a typical mechanical hard disk drive. In a nutshell, it can be said that SSD is the future of computer storage technology.
What’re The Advantages Of SSD? (SSD vs HDD)
Solid-state drive (SSD) uses flash memory to store and handle data, which provides enormous better performance and authenticity over an HDD (Hard disk drive). Solid state drives offer faster load times for games, applications, and movies. And because of having no moving parts in it, SSDs are soundless, lighter and use less power than a standard hard disk drive- which ensures a lower energy bill and increased battery life for laptops. Moreover, SSD generates less heat- which increases its lifespan and reliability. You can also connect SSD via USB by plugging it into a USB3-to-SATA adapter.
SSD Installation Guide – Step By Step
Since SSD is a newish technology, many of us don’t know how to install SSD to pc. However, It’s not something out of the world and of course, you don’t have to be a pro to know how to set up an SSD. Let’s have a look at the ultimate beginner’s guide to install SSD in your computer.
How To Install SSD In Desktop
1) Shut Your System Down
At first, power off your system and unplug the power cable. Now for discharging residual electricity, hold down the power button for 3-5 seconds.
2) Remove The Side Panel From CPU
After powering off, unscrew and remove the side panel of your computer’s CPU case. Ensure that you have clear access to the motherboard’s SATA cables and hard disk bays.
3) Place The SSD In The Bay
Put the SSD into an adapter bracket or a removable bay. Then position the adapter bracket onto a vacant hard disk bay and screw it properly. For installing a 2.5-inch SSD in a 3.5-inch bay, attach the drive to an adapter bracket. If your desktop has a 2.5-inch storage bay, you will not need to use an adapter.
4) Connect The Connectors To Your SSD
Take an available SATA power cable coming from your system’s power supply, which should have a flat connector, connect the cable to the matching terminal in your SSD. After that, connect the L-shaped end of a SATA cable (which typically has a flat red cable and black ends) into the smaller terminal on SSD.
5) Replace The CPU Case Cover
Just return the side panel back on and screw it at the back of the CPU tower. Now reconnect the power cable, power on your computer and wait for the computer to boot up.
6) Check Out Your New SSD Drive
Under your desktop’s ‘My Computer’ section, you should see a new storage available among old drive partitions. Now you are all set to go. But how to use SSD? Just simple. You can now install programs normally into SSD for an improved performance experience.
How To Install SSD In Laptop
1) Open Your Laptop’s Case
After powering off your laptop, open your laptop’s case and remove the battery carefully. Use your manufacturer’s manual to find out the exact location and the size of the storage bays.
2) Attach The SSD In The Bay
Remove the old storage drive. Look closely for any brackets, adapters, support frames, braces or screws that might be attached to it. If anything is linked to the old drive, remove it and put it on the SSD in the same order and connect SSD to the laptop.
3) Reassemble & Check
Now reassemble your laptop parts, power on computer and check your SSD. You will find the new SSD storage drive under desktop’s ‘My Computer’.
For installing SSD as your primary storage drive, remove the existing drive and any attached cables to it. Then reconnect the cables to your new SSD. To install a fresh Windows on a new SSD, disconnect any other hard disk inside your PC. To migrate your previous data from an existing storage drive, install an operating system, drivers, utilities and programs as needed.