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07-31-2016 09:47 AM - edited 07-31-2016 11:54 AM
I currently have a 1TB HDD in my laptop, but with Windows 10, my disk usage is often 100% (even after disabling a lot of stuff). I would like to upgrade to an SSD. I have a few questions that I would like your help with:
- Is it allowed to upgrade to SSD? (I mean does the BIOS check something like hardware signatures, and would it reject a new drive?)
- Should I look for a particular size when searching SSDs online?
- Will I be able to retain my Windows license? (I can currently create a USB from Microsoft's tool and reinstall Windows. If I change hardware, will Microsoft still allow me to retain my lisence?)
I am currently looking at this SSD. Would this (and similar) work with my laptop?
Thanks and regards
07-31-2016 02:02 PM
- Disk usage 100% acually means busy. There are many causes including but not limitted to the slow HDD (only 5400RPM and 8MB cache). Faster disk such as SSD will help in this case and you can use SSD on your machine, any normal machine.
- Normally you can use same size with the existing HDD, or smaller (over 1TB is ok but I won't recommend this).
- It only has 240GB, your old HDD is 1TB, this may take more work for you in the future BUT you can reuse the 1TB HDD by using it to store files/data and only use 240GB SSD for Windows and programs. And yes you still can keep Windows key.
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08-05-2016 07:16 AM - edited 08-05-2016 07:20 AM
Finally upgraded my hard drive to Samsung SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB. This thing is so fast. Boots under 2 secs!
Just putting it here in case someone else has the same query.