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Upgrade Your Old Spinning Hard Drive With A Solid State Drives (SSD) 

If your Windows 10 computer takes a long time to boot up, that's likely because it runs on a regular hard drive. This is also the case of most older computers. Replacing that hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD) will make the machine run much faster.

I have replaced the spinning hard drives with Solid State Drives (SSD) in all of my legacy computers, the startup speed improvement is stunning. For example here are the actual startup improvement I experienced older Intel Core 2 desktop computer.

  Time to login screen Total time till all system files loaded
Spinning Drive 90 sec  330 sec (5 1/2 min)
New SSD 20 sec 34 sec
This is a 10 times faster startup.

Installing an SSD is easy – no computer skills necessary!

Do a clean reinstall of Windows 10 on your new SSD

Looking to install Windows 10 on your PC? This explains the complete procedure.

Download and run the media creation tool to get started. For more information on how to use the tool, see the instructions below.

After downloading Media Creation Tool click to run it, follow these steps. (you will need a 4GB or larger thumb drive)

  1. Accept the Microsoft software license terms.
  2.  Select "Create installation media for another PC" and click Next button
  3. At Select language, architecture, and edition choose US – Windows 10 and 64 bit click Next
  4. Choose which media to use I recommend USB flash drive (you need at least 4GB flash drive)  plug it into the computer and click Next
  5. Be sure your flash drive is discovered select it and click Next.
  6. Downloading and building the install media will proceed. Depending on your internet and computer speed this may take up to an hour.

You will now have a bootable USB thumb drive to use for installing Windows 10.

If you have previously had Win 10 installed the activation is automatic. You can say SKIP when ask for a product kee during installation.

Crucial SSD Upgrade Tool

Solid State Drives

A new Crucial SSD (includes free cloning/data tranfer software), a SATA to USB cable, a form of Windows installation media (CD, flash drive, etc.), a screwdriver, and an ESD wrist strap (while not entirely necessary, ESD wrist straps are very inexpensive and help mitigate the risk of static damage to your system).

You can purchase everything you need for this type of install on

Attribute SSD (Solid State Drive) HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
Power Draw / Battery Life Less power draw, 
averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost
More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery
Cost Expensive, roughly $0.20 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive) Only around $0.03 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)
Capacity Typically not larger than 1TB for notebook size drives; 4TB max for desktops Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 10TB max for desktops
Operating System Boot Time Around 10-13 seconds average bootup time Around 30-40 seconds average bootup time
Noise There are no moving parts 
and as such no sound
Audible clicks and spinning can be heard
Vibration No vibration as there are 
no moving parts
The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration
Heat Produced Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw
Failure Rate Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours
File Copy / Write Speed Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s
File Opening Speed Up to 30% faster than HDD Slower than SSD


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