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Windows 7: Upgrading to SSD

05 Jan 2015   #1

Win xp pro, Win 7 Home Premium,
Upgrading to SSD

I have a pair of Asus U1F laptops that I donated to some fantastic local students prior to their attending University. They have contacted me asking if there was a way to speed up these units as they are quite slow. No gaming is involved here but as my daughter and son-in-law both used these units for their university years I understand the problem.
I had bumped up the RAM to a 2 Gig unit giving the system a total of 2.5 Gigs.

I would like to install SolidState drives in these units eliminating many small problems now that most of these are reasonably price.
Your advice, please.

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05 Jan 2015   #2


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05 Jan 2015   #3

Win xp pro, Win 7 Home Premium,

I should have also stated that these laptops use 1.8 inch drives are also 5mm thick and come with a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector that uses a small ribbon cable to connect the drive to the interface on the PC. The black strip along the back of the cream connector is raised up to clamp the cable in place.
The HDD is 80 Gig, 4200 RPM PATA/IDE with that ZIF connector.
CPU is Intel Core Duo @ 1.2 GHz.
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05 Jan 2015   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Have you contacted Asus for upgrade options to ssd ?
Very low powered devices 1.2GHz
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05 Jan 2015   #5

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With that 1.8 issue and whatever zero insertion means I would forget this drive upgrade and tell them it is what it is and or buy on sale a great lappy for cheap with more modern spec's and donate those. This very weekend I found a Dell lappy W7 pro, i5, 14" screen with 4gb ram and 500gb hdd for $289.00 with free delivery !
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05 Jan 2015   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I hesitate to encourage you at all.

The most important component is the CPU. That CPU scores 516 on the CPU benchmark.

That's very weak.

By way of comparison, a 7 or 8 year old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 scores 1554 and a 4 year old i5-2500 scores 6214.

I'd be highly skeptical of the value of any upgrade.
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05 Jan 2015   #7

Win xp pro, Win 7 Home Premium,

Thank you all for the advice.
Odd how we sometimes overlook the obvious.
I had not checked the CPU rating and did not realize it was so low.
Will discuss this with them and suggest that they save their money towards a new or much newer system.
Once again, thank you.
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05 Jan 2015   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

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05 Jan 2015   #9
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