Giving your old desktop/laptop a new Life

Giving your old desktop/laptop a new Life

Giving your old desktop/laptop a new Life

Everyone is frustrated with slow computers. Most people get by this issue through buying a new computer. Sure, a new computer is always better but for some of us who are struggling financially, there is now a sigh of relief. You can now improve the performance of your computer by giving it a simple upgrade – SSD. Solid State Drives (SSD) are better than conventional mechanical hard drives because they don’t have mechanical parts inside to spin in order to store your data.

You will be surprised on the performance gain by doing an upgrade to SSD. Previously this was not possible due to the prices of flash storages that can cost as much as a new computer. Technology revolutions, improved manufacturing process and introduction of cheaper yet reliable controllers all have contributed to the downfall of prices, allowing consumers access to this piece of action.

The first thing you realise after upgrading to SSD is how fast your computer boot. Then you will realise how fast programs load upon interacting with them. Even web browsing can be fast as information and cache are stored in local SSD. This is why we always recommend upgrading hard drives to SSD compared to memory and CPU as the return of investment is much more worthy.

If you unsure about the SSD specifications, especially if you’re an Apple Macbook user, you should consult with Macbook Repair technicians. They will be able to advise you on which SSD is the best according to your budget and requirements.

SSD Installation

It is not hard to install SSD or swap out the mechanical drive for an SSD. In desktop the connectors are the same, as long as you get one with SATA SSD. If you have a modern motherboard that supports PCI Express, you can opt for NVMe drives that promises faster speed compared to SATA SSD. This is due to the controller used in these flash storage.

However if you are swapping the core drive where boot information are stored, you probably need to alter the Master Boot Records (MBR) so the records are stored at the correct path. Thankfully, this can be done easily through the recovery disk or if you’re feeling adventurous enough, through the Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac OSX).

The installation on a laptop however requires more in-depth understanding of the board’s layout as each and every laptops are manufactured differently. Upgrading on a laptop can be a little more complicated, especially with Apple Macbooks as some of them are glued or even soldered onto the logic board. If this is the case, then you will not be able to perform an upgrade on your own.

As always, if you are not familiar with the upgrade process you can pay a visit to a local Macbook repair shop as they will have technician that are experienced in performing these sort of upgrades. You can give your Macbook model and they should be able to get back to you with a quotation and turnaround time. A typical upgrade process should take no longer than 2 hours.