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I'd like to install an internal 250gb SSD but I don't see a free socket on the motherboard.  The two sockets are being used by the hard drive and CD drive.  Is there a way to do this?  Thanks!

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@Lynn_Z , welcome to the forum.

 

The SSD's are very small.  Therefore, you can get a bit inventive with installing them.  Here is an article that will give you some ideas of what you can do: https://www.deskdecode.com/how-to-fit-install-2-5-ssd-hdd-in-3-5-bay-desktop/

 

If you scroll down through the article the author shows you some ways to mount a 2.5" SSD.  Before you begin, however, make certain that you have a SATA power connector on your power supply unit (PSU).  Also, you will need a SATA connector on the motherboard.  I can't tell for certain, but it appears that you only have two of them.  This may present you with a problem.    You could remove your HDD and connect it using a USB/ 3.0/3.1, HDD adapter: https://www.startech.com/en-us/hdd/usb312sat3cb

 

I have the one in my link to StarTech's website.  I use it to connect my Samsung 840 EVO to my desktop.  I actually boot from the drive.  This will allow you to use the drive for storage without reformatting it or taking up space in the case.  It is a great option.

 

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

 

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@Lynn_Z , welcome to the forum.

 

The SSD's are very small.  Therefore, you can get a bit inventive with installing them.  Here is an article that will give you some ideas of what you can do: https://www.deskdecode.com/how-to-fit-install-2-5-ssd-hdd-in-3-5-bay-desktop/

 

If you scroll down through the article the author shows you some ways to mount a 2.5" SSD.  Before you begin, however, make certain that you have a SATA power connector on your power supply unit (PSU).  Also, you will need a SATA connector on the motherboard.  I can't tell for certain, but it appears that you only have two of them.  This may present you with a problem.    You could remove your HDD and connect it using a USB/ 3.0/3.1, HDD adapter: https://www.startech.com/en-us/hdd/usb312sat3cb

 

I have the one in my link to StarTech's website.  I use it to connect my Samsung 840 EVO to my desktop.  I actually boot from the drive.  This will allow you to use the drive for storage without reformatting it or taking up space in the case.  It is a great option.

 

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

 

Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.



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Thank you for the information.  Very helpful.  After thinking more about it I thought if I got the Ziyituod PCIe SATA Card with 4 Ports that might me good (keeping everything inside the tower) and for any future needs.  Does that sound like a good way to go about it?

 

Thanx!

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You are very welcome, @Lynn_Z!

 

The reason that I didn't suggest a card is because there is no PCI Express x1 slot on your motherboard: https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-pavilion-510-p000-desktop-pc-series/10734566/model/12725278/...

 

Look at the section titled "Expansion Slots" for this information.  You can check to make certain, however.  Sometimes the diagrams are generic and don't have all of the features shown.



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Oh yeah.  I saw the open slot and assumed I could use it.  I guess that slot is for a video card?  Anyway, if I do use an external SSD via a USB port will I be able to boot from it?  I looked at my BIOS and didn't see the USB listed as an option (although I might not be reading it correctly?).

 

Thanx again for your help.

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@Lynn_Z, actually, it would be better if you replaced your HDD with the SSD and used the SSD as your boot drive.  Having it connected by USB would be a bit slower.  You will need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to make the SSD fit into the 3.5" drive bay for the HDD.  Yes, the PCI Express x16 slot is for a video card.



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Okay, that's what I will do.  I was hoping to keep the hard drive too (for backup) but on the plus side the tower will be quieter and cooler.  Thank you for all of your help!

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You are welcome, @Lynn_Z!

 

As I suggested, buy the USB HDD adapter in my link.  It will allow you to connect your HDD and use it for storage or even boot from it in an emergency.

 

Good luck!



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Okay, will do.  I was thinking of getting a 500gb SSD, either WD Blue or Crucial.  Those any good?  (I see you have Samsung).    Also, if I unplug the CD and plug in the SSD there to do the cloning and afterwards take out the HD and plug the SSD in its spot that would work?  While I'm here...  I currently have 8gb of ram and an open slot for more.  Would adding another 8gb make much difference?  I'm not a heavy user but I thought while I'm upgrading my 4-year old computer maybe I'd do that too?

 

Thank-you!

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Truthfully, any of the brands of SSD's are good.  I use Samsung because they seem to work better with the HP BIOS/UEFI.  This is my opinion from working with them for years.

 

Here is a HP Knowledge Base article that will help you transition from the HDD to the SSD: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Knowledge-Base/Upgrading-Desktop-or-Laptop-to-a-SSD/ta-p/73048...

 

The more memory the better.  The maximum amount of memory that you can install is 16 GB.  I suggest that you use CPU-Z to find the manufacturer and timings of the current memory: https://download.cnet.com/CPU-Z/3000-2086_4-10050423.html

 

This information is in the Tab titled "SPD".  Once you have this information you can try to match it exactly.  The motherboard has dual channel memory architecture.  It is best to have matching sets of memory to achieve the maximum performance boost.  Also, different brands of memory don't always play nice together.  If you can't match the current memory it would be best to replace it with a new matching set (2 x 8 GB).  Crucial makes very good memory for OEM computers like HP's.  You can use their Advisor Tool to find the correct memory: https://www.crucial.com/compatible-upgrade-for/hP---Compaq/pavilion-510-p024



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