Installing an ssd: this is how it’s done!

With a SDD hard disk you make your computer quieter and often a bit faster at the same time. Actually, it is not a "hard drive" in the traditional sense of the word. And there are a few other differences you need to look out for when installing an SSD. GIGA shows you how it works.

SSD hard drives are faster because they don’t rely on moving parts, but instead use memory chips. They can show their advantage everywhere, where speed is required: So for example as boot hard disk, from which a PC or laptop is started. However, SSDs differ not only from the usual hard disks with the rotating disks, but also from each other. So, if you want to install an SSD, you should already check at the time of purchase whether it can work at all.

In our video we explain everything you need to know about SSD:

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  • SSD comes in two varieties: On the one hand as Long latch, which remind a bit of conventional memory bars. On the other hand Hard drive size, which can even use the common slots.
  • The „hard drive" SSDs need a SATA connection, which most PCs have and which can be expanded by cables if necessary.
  • As a rule, such SSD hard disks small and become in sizes of 1.8 and 2.5 inches However, the standard slots in PCs require a width of 3.5 inches. You can solve this problem with an adapter frame for just under 7 Euros. This offer even includes SATA and power cables.
  • The Bolt design calls for a 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.If you have a 2-slot, you can solve the problem with a PCI-to-M.2-Adapter which you can already get for under 25 Euros.

Newer PCs or laptops usually have an M-slot.2 slot, into which you can simply insert the bar-shaped SSD.

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SSD installation in PC and laptop

Before you can install an SSD in your computer, you have to check with the checklist above, which SSD fits at all and is connectable.

  • For the design of the"SSD bar“ you need either a M.2-slot or an adapter. In return, this type of SSD is the easiest to install.
  • For „hard disk-shaped" SSD you need a suitable place to mount it. Read before in the manual of your laptop, which Size (1.8 or 2.5 inches) and Height (7 and 9.5 mm, respectively) fits. To install such a tiny plate in a standing PC, you can either buy an adapter frame or risk to let the plate "hang" or put it on the bottom of the case. At least it doesn’t contain any moving parts.

This is how you install an SSD hard drive in your PC or laptop:

  1. Separates the computer from the power.
  2. Look for one free hard disk slot. If it’s too big, slide in an adapter and screw it down. In laptops there is usually only room for one SSD.
  3. Insert the disk and screw it. Usually the necessary screws are included in the delivery.
  4. Now connect the disk to a free SATA port and then with a free power plug.

Install an SSD in the PC or laptop:

The memory-locked SSDs set an M.2-slot or a corresponding adapter is required. You don’t need connection or power cables for this.

The SSD is simply inserted carefully into the slot and then snapped onto the motherboard. After that it is immediately ready for use.

When you boot the computer, the disk is usually recognized immediately. It is usually already formatted and can be used immediately. However, if you were planning to, to speed up the PC with the help of an SSD, you have to add some steps.

The new SSD is not set up as a boot drive. So you have to make it bootable first, then change the boot order and finally install an operating system on the SSD.

These procedures will make your current system unusable. So it would be better if you clone your standard hard disk to an SSD beforehand and only then set it up as a boot drive. Then you can use the system as before only faster. The boot process can be started by an SSD especially compared to older hard disks significantly accelerated.

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