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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Is your old laptop painfully slow? Give it a new life

This article is for you guys who are having old laptops with pretty good specs, probably a CoreTM processor, and don't want to spend on a new laptop.

Unfortunately you can’t upgrade most of your processors as they are mostly soldered to the motherboard.
So the options are simple: upgrading the RAM or the storage, or using an intel optane memory if the processor is CoreTM 7th generation or more. 

The RAMs are high speed parts. If the hard disk can't read or write fast, then the processing will be slow. Though upgrading only the RAM will increase the speed,  it won't be much significant. So, the option of upgrading the hard disk with a solid state drive is much efficient. SSDs come in different platforms such as sata, msata, sata M.2, and nvme M.2. 

Different types of SSD

This would roughly speed your laptop by 10 fold. Fast bootup, snappy apps will be obvious to use. Though SSDs are faster and power efficient, as there are no moving parts, they are expensive and storage capacities are low.  One option is using an optical drive caddy in compromising the optical drive, or msata SSD in compromising the wireless module.

I would suggest using an optical drive caddy. If your laptop has a free M.2 slot it would be simple and not compromising. You can add either the sata M.2 or nvme and booting through the SSD. NVME is the fastest and most expensive.

Optane memories are different. They have M.2 interface and they increase the speed of data transfer from the mechanical hard drives. These are more expensive than any other method, and come in 16GB and 32GB.
So, my suggestion is adding an SSD which suits your budget, and either using a caddy or an HDD enclosure.

If your budget permits, add a RAM with same capacity and  speed. Adding an SSD will be your single best option for a performance boostup.
P.S- if you need i will write about SSD in detail.

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