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Windows 7: Aging Laptop HDD Issues can SSD help ?

01 Nov 2015   #1
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Aging Laptop HDD Issues can SSD help ?

I ran S.M.A.R.T on an aging Laptop, and S.M.A.R.T gave me a caution warning, with these two problems being the main concern, will replacing the HDD with an SSD breath new life into the laptop ?

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Current Pending Sector Count { Yellow with a S.M.A.R.T analzying.



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01 Nov 2015   #2
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I replaced the spinning drive in a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 with an SSD and it helped that machine's performance, but only marginally. The main benefit, aside of replacing an aging spinning drive, is cooler operation and greater reliability due to the lack of moving parts.

If your current hard drive is failing, you'll want to replace it regardless of which type you choose, but a 250gb SSD can be had nowadays for less than $100, so it's a viable option. Just don't expect miracles in performance.

BTW, since your hard drive seems to be failing, consider doing a clean install of Windows on the new drive.
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01 Nov 2015   #3
D3LL

 
 

Yes it would certainty give you laptop a new lease of life. Make sure your processor and motherboard aren't too out of date though.
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01 Nov 2015   #4
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My computer was built for me 6 months ago with the C: drive being a 256 GB "Crucial" SSD. The SSD holds my programs as well. The OS itself starts up from cold very quickly. Also, programs launch and open very quickly, much quicker than on my earlier desktop Mac (no SSD) despite the fact (I think this is correct) that Windows always launches a program from scratch while the Mac can have a program loaded and waiting and it has only to be opened when needed. (I also have a spinning 1TB internal drive holding my documents, pictures etc.)
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01 Nov 2015   #5
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by D3LL View Post
Yes it would certainty give you laptop a new lease of life. Make sure your processor and motherboard aren't too out of date though.
It's aging, Core2Duo, I don't do anything major on it, mostly I use two programs on it, maybe three I'll buy a new SSD, or should I retire the laptop, considering the Core2Duo I have is 65nm, making it 10 yrs old, or squeeze, atleast another two more years at maximum ?
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01 Nov 2015   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

If the laptop is that old, make sure it has a SATA interface before buying an SSD. If it does have a SATA interface in the hard disk, it's probably an old SATA I interface, meaning you should not expect blazing speed out of the SSD, but it will be faster than a spinning drive. And more robust.
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01 Nov 2015   #7
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There is SATA support, so I guess I can extend it's life a little longer , if it wasn't for the CPU, the laptop overall could last another 10 years, but unfortunately I can't replace the Mobo & CPU
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02 Nov 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Of course it will. Any ssd is better then any spinner.

And of course having a fresh install of windows on the ssd is gonna be awesome.

Make sure you are prepared and know how to do that, we are always here to help

Make sure your key is readable on the COA so you can activate windows.


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04 Nov 2015   #9
dominickbuff

7 and linux
 
 

i orderd a ssd for my old dell inspiron with a single core cpu hoping that it helps it sence currently its faster than my school computers lol
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04 Nov 2015   #10
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Make sure your key is readable on the COA so you can activate windows.
If your label is on the back or underside of the case, I recommend taking a picture and printing it out. This keeps the key in front of you and enlarges the print.
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