Complete Tutorial upgrading SSD to your PC and how SSD perform

Migrate SSD Backup Hard Drives Tutorial
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Given that HDD has its limitations of transfer speed, you may feel latency when you install tons of application and files. As many people are asking about how to install SSD, I would like to share a comprehensive tutorial for this. This tutorial will include how to mount your brand-new SSD to your desktop PC.

There are 3 steps of migration:

1. Installation of SSD (featuring a little experiment for myself)
Given that the disadvantages of HDD for your system has been tormenting me for a year, I decided to use my limited budget to replace it with a SSD. I don’t want to waste money because it is still usable for my family.

My computer used to use 500GB 7200 rpm HDD as an operating drive but I must wait more than 10 minutes to get everything ready. It is the time for reinstalling the OS and getting a new SSD for that.

Considering my limited budget, I got this S10 120GB SSD on Amazon. This SSD is listed as up to 540MB/s reading and up to 460MB/s writing speed. I thought it was worth it to get a budget-oriented SSD for that because SSD are very sophisticated right now.

I can show you the picture and it is listed as a TLC-based SSD but it is enough for slightly upgrading your PC.

These are the pictures when I connected the SSD to my old PC and it’s basically like you are mounting a HDD for any desktop. Just plug in the SATA 3 connection and power cable to S10 (both cable ports are specifically for SATA3 and you won’t miss them).

Nowadays, this SSD has only 2.5-inch and 7mm ultra-slim that fit into desktops and notebooks. As for the compatibility of SSD, your SSD will be supported if your PC supports SATA ports.

For your reference, I listed the configuration of my desktop PC:

CPU: Intel i5 - 4590
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 V2
Power Supply: 500w
Memory: 4GB Kingston DDR3-1600
Storage Device: addlink S10 120GB 2.5” SSD
OS Version: Windows 10 Pro

2. Data Backup and Migration

Regarding free backup software, I personally suggest AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard also provides functions like cloning, restoring and other utilities functions. You could try EaseUS Todo Backup or MiniTool Portable Partition Manager. They both do the same tricks as well.

In short, you will need a source disk and a destination disk to start. Let’s say I want to move my data from C drive (HDD) to D drive (SSD).

Before cloning system data, I suggest you to do a full backup of your computer.

1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard and select the drive you want to clone. Tick Sector by sector and you can clone all sectors from your original drive (HDD) to destination drive (SSD). Then press Next.

2. Select the destination drive and you can preview the layout of the disk and select Proceed to clone.

3. After cloning the system, you will have 2 system partitions for both HDD and SSD.

4. If you want to boot from the SSD, go to BIOS or UEFI interface and change the sequence of booting drive as your SSD.
5. Your system is ready.

Here are the links of cloning software:

1. EaseUS Todo Backup, you can just download the Free version:
2. AOMEI Backupper Standard

3. Tweaking after cloning the system to SSD
When you have finished cloning the system, there are some tweaks for your SSD.
Shutting down the superfetch function is needed because SSD don’t need consistent reading and writing. It also improves the life expectancy of SSD.

4. Questions: how SSD improve old desktop PC?

Most people are curious about the impact of SSD for old computers, but it will be better to show you pictures.

After installing my SSD, I did some basic tests for this drive. First, the booting speed is enormously fast as you don’t need to press the power button and make coffee while your computer is getting ready.

I used Boot Racer to collect the booting data and you can look at it.

Boot Racer shows my computer only needs to take 6 seconds to boot and gets ready in about 25 seconds. Of course, I installed only the basic software like Office, anti-virus software, my browser etc.

The advantage of upgrading from HDD to SSD is you can feel the speed of SSD.
For example, when you copy a bunch of files like this:

As you can see in the picture, you don’t have to wait a half hour to copy large files, especially games, ISOs and software. It just takes a few minutes to do the same stuff.

I didn’t have the chance to try this drive on games because my computer is not for gaming. However, I think it may only a few seconds to enjoy the game.

Crystal Disk Mark tests the reading and writing performance through getting random data and it is incompressible. The interface directly shows its performance in various elements.

Crystal Disk Mark shows us the read speed is up to 560MB/s and 477MB/s in write spec. This drive performs very well and reaches 34MB/s in read and writes up to 100MB/s.

I also checked with the User Benchmark and it refers to the performance of all PC components. I highlighted the performance for the SSD because I think it is stable for me.

Even though this is a TLC-based SSD, it seems to not affect its actual performance. In fact, it is very solid and economical, given that the writing speed of most SSDs on the market are just up to 410 MB/s.

In other words, it is good to try small brands sometimes because you will be surprised by their SSD products.

Plus, it is also having a 3-year warranty and is backed by Amazon FBA fulfillment service.

In short, I would recommend to get a SSD for older computer if you got the limited budget. SSD will definitely make your system more responsive but remember to do full backup before upgrading to SSD