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Windows 7: What is the cheapest price on a 250gb SSD to install into laptop

07 Aug 2013   #11
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

Hi,
Are there any thoughts on this ssd, my laptop is a custom made one but based on the MSI MS-16F2 (I think)

Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW
Amazon.com: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW: Computers & Accessories

How can I tell if my laptop is compatible with this?

I am thinking to buy this and take it with my laptop to my local computer hardware/repair shop and have them install it for me and transfer the necessary data.

Also thank you all so much, your advices have been very beneficial.


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07 Aug 2013   #12
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I'm pretty sure that will work. The drive is 7mm thick and that will work for 99% of laptops. You may need to find out how thick your laptop drive is though. Also, just a thought, you may want to do a reinstall of Windows on your new SSD. I'm sure there is a slew of stuff on there you don't want back on there.
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07 Aug 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. There are a few more opportunities to reduce the size of C. As first measure I would get rid of the hiberfile. The command is powercfg -h off. Next I would reduce the the pagefile to 1GB (assuming you have at least 4GB of RAM).

2. The Samsung 840 and 840 Pro are fine SSDs. But you will only get maximum speed out of them if your Sata port is a 6Gb port. With a 3Gb port it will measure less but that won't be very noticeable in real life.

The form factor of a Samsung should fit into your laptop. Usually all standard 2.5" SSDs fit into laptops.

3. Installing the SSD is a piece of cake and should take less than 10 minutes. But you should first transfer the OS to it - for that you need an external enclosure to attach the SSD (but you could also temporarily remove the other HDD from the laptop and house the SSD temporarily in that bay). The easiest is to use the Paragon Migration tool. That will do the migration with 3 clicks.

But you can also do it 'manually'. For that I have written this little tutorial. SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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07 Aug 2013   #14
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

Thank you all

I am thinking to go for this one:

SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

My last question is that there is another package of this product that comes with a "kit" for a slightly higher price?

Both packages come with data migration software (according to the product description on the newegg page), but the more expensive "kit" package includes:

"** Installation Kit also includes 3.5" bracket with screws, SATA data and power cables, mounting spacer, and SATA to USB adapter cable"

I have no idea if I need those brackets and cables or not.

Also based on your advices I will try installing myself, but I hope I can avoid having to re-install the operating system. I am hoping the migration software will allow me to avoid that hassle (it is advertised to be able to migrate the OS).

And thank you all again for your help, I find this site so useful. Thank you for your time
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07 Aug 2013   #15
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote:
"** Installation Kit also includes 3.5" bracket with screws, SATA data and power cables, mounting spacer, and SATA to USB adapter cable"
You do not need them, that is for installing in a desktop.

Jerry
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07 Aug 2013   #16
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

thank you for all your help, i went ahead with the purchase
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