Ever since I purchased my laptop, a Sony Vaio VPCSB3C5E if you are interested, I have planned to upgrade the standard 320 GB hard drive to an SSD.
Why did I (or would anyone) want an SSD?
Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn’t thought possible.
– Adam Dachis, Lifehacker
The advantage of an SSD is that it has no moving parts, so the drive does not have to ‘seek’ to get to your data, allowing much faster data transfers. The noticeable differences will include boot/shutdown time, program launch time and seeking when editing audio or video. Installing an SSD into your computer is usually pretty easy, but can vary from computer to computer. To find out if you can upgrade, you can try searching on Google ‘hard drive upgrade *your computer model*’. You will need to be semi-competent with the insides of your computer, and of course I’m not responsible if you take my advice and do something wrong.
Like with many computers nowadays, I was given the option to upgrade various options, so to sure I can use it for the longest time possible and to take advantage of various offers available at the time I upgraded the memory and processor.
I was very surprised at the prices to upgrade some of the components and was happy to pay the extra, until I came to this section:
At £210 to upgrade to a 128GB SSD, while losing over half of the storage provided as standard, I could not afford an upgrade like that. A quick browse on Amazon (this one) found a far more reasonable priced SSD for only £84.10, and I planned to get that one. However, for some reason I completely forgot about upgrading until 6 months later…
Then, with Christmas less than 3 days away and my parents pestering me for a present, I finally remembered that I had wanted to upgrade to an SSD, this time a 256GB one because one of my external hard drives recently failed. Thanks to Amazon Prime, it should have arrived on time…
However due to slightly less helpful company named Yodel (also called HDLN – Home Delivery Network), it never arrived. After one week, around two hours in total on the phone, and several tweets like this:
More broken promises by @yodelonline. ‘It will definitely be delivered today… err nope.
…Amazon eventually decided to resend it, this time through DPD, who were far better and delivered it within the hour time period specified. I was away by that point, so eventually, 2 weeks after Christmas, I finally got my hands on the SSD.
But even after I was in possession of the SSD and after the delivery drama, my problems were going to continue.
Days before receiving the SSD, my other external drive failed. This meant I lost all my backups, but luckily not any of my data. However, losing my backups meant I had no way to transfer any of my data to the new drive. I tried to use my 160GB pocket drive (too small) and a Time Capsule NAS (not locally mountable). With school just days away, I had no time whatsoever to get my new drive working…
Another three weeks later, and I finally decide to buy an drive enclosure to let me transfer the data. Finally, I was able to get to work on transferring my data, which I will discuss in the next part.
Prices correct at time of writing, and I cannot take responsibility if you do something wrong and things don’t turn out well.