When it comes to laptops, speed is a major concern because no matter how powerful your laptop is, it’s not fast enough with a Hard Disk Drive in it.
Laptops which provides good specs with SSD are very costly and it’s not possible for everyone to afford it. Even my laptop (Acer Aspire A515-51G) came with a Hard Disk Drive and Linux Installed in it. Read the full review here: Is this the best gaming laptop you can get under Rs 45000?
During the time when it was new, it was good and fast enough but as time passed, the speed and power also started to fade away.
This is a problem with every device as new software (Windows) updates demands faster and powerful specs and with time everything slows down. It has now been more than a year since I bought this laptop and it’s working fine.
What SSD am I talking about?
There are three ways you can add/replace an SSD in your laptop:
Removal of Hard Disk Drive and Addition of Solid State Drive
Keeping the Hard Disk Drive and Replacing the CD Drive with an SSD
Keeping the Hard Disk Drive and adding an M.2 SSD in your laptop
I went for the third option as I didn’t have an optical drive and my budget was not enough to buy a new 1TB SSD.
So I went on Amazon and searched for SSD’s and came across M.2. SSD’s. Later on, I googled about it and searched if my laptop supports it or not and unfortunately I was not able to find much as there was very less information about my Laptop.
So I decided to go to Nehru Place and find out about and luckily got some information there. When they opened up my laptop and showed me the SSD slot,
I thought about giving it a shot so I went on Amazon and ordered the SSD. It cost me 2000Rs.
What is M.2 SSD?
M.2, formerly known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), is a specification for internally mounted computer expansion cards and associated connectors. It replaces the mSATA standard, which uses the PCI Express Mini Card physical card layout and connectors. M.2’s more flexible physical specification allows different module widths and lengths, and, paired with the availability of more advanced interfacing features, makes the M.2 more suitable than mSATA for solid-state storage applications in general and particularly for the use in small devices such as ultrabooks or tablets.
Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2
NOTE: NOT ALL LAPTOPS SUPPORTS M.2. SSD, SO MAKE SURE YOURS HAVE A SLOT BEFORE BUYING ONE!
The M.2 SSD slot looks like this:
Even Intel Optane uses the same slot in order to connect to your device’s motherboard.
What an M.2 SSD looks like:
Below I have provided a picture of my M.2. SSD which I ordered 4-5 months ago:
The SSD I currently use has a storage space of 120GB and my Windows 10 is installed in this Solid State Drive itself.
How fast your computer becomes after you insert this SSD?
Well, let’s come to the main point. How fast did my laptop become after I inserted the M.2 SSD?
For me, it was a tremendous change.
- First of all, the startup time decreased from 2 minutes to 20 seconds.
- Windows applications ran faster than they used to before.
- I got keep my 1Tb HDD drive and got 120GB (111GB usable) storage extra.
- The battery backup of my laptop wasn’t affected much.
- Applications and games like Adobe Photoshop and Far Cry worked very fast and there’s was no lag. Especially in Photoshop. When it was installed in my HDD, it used to take a whole minute but after SSD, it only takes 10 seconds. Even Google Chrome opens instantly.
I have made a video of the current startup time so show you guys the proof:
You can buy it here: