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is my g56 notebook pc compatible with ssd upgrade

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I want to upgrade my hard drive on my G56 Notebook PC to a solid state drive. Is this possible?

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Absolutely. Any laptop or any other computer for that matter which uses a SATA hard drive can work with and benefit from a SATA SSD. 

 

I would need the whole model number, ideally, but here is what I think is your Service Manual:

 

Manual

 

See page 37 for installation instructions. The best and easiest way to do this is to use drive cloning software and an external usb to SATA kit to copy the entire contents of the existing drive to the SSD. That is why you need to get an SSD at least as large as the amount of data on the existing drive plus 20% for comfort. For most people that means getting at least a 240 or 256 SSD and preferably a 500 or 512 SSD. 

 

A 512 gig SSD is going to set you back at least $315 and a 256 is going to be around $165. Here is a good 256 on newegg.com:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147248

 

This is the type of SSD I have in my own laptop. You can pair this with a laptop upgrade kit which includes the adapter cable. 

 

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Many thanks Huffer. Brilliant response

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Hi Troughton. I just came across your thread today as I am actually in possession of an HP G56 laptop, and a 256 GB SSD. The thought occurred to me - what if I could place it or something similar in my old HP G56 as the drive has been becoming noticeably noisier. So, and to digress, I doubt that you are still using the G56, but heck it doesn't hurt to ask, right?  Did you ever upgrade to an SSD? Did it improve the performance at all? Thanks in advance for your kind response - if any. The G56 is still my daily driver and I run an entire eBay business from it, but I am running Linux Mint 18 on it, and I am noticing a whine which I believe to be the mechanical drive. Candidly, I paid probably over $600 for it to Best Buy in 2011 with their "insurance"  and that's during a Black Friday sale.

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