Solid State Drives are fast replacing Hard drives because of their speed and low power consumption. Though still expensive as compared to the traditional hard drives, SSD is a a better choice if you are upgrading your PC or even buying a new PC.
Why SSD is better than HDD
- Faster PC Start: SSD boot time is way faster than traditional Hard Drive.
- SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory. Even if you turn off your Disk, it won’t forget what was stored. A PC or Mac with an SSD starts faster, launches and runs apps faster, and transfers files faster.
- Shock Resistant: SSD is literally shock resistant while most us know that even slightly shaking a HDD can damage it internally.
- Durable: SSD has no moving parts so no friction, vibration or wear and tear and therefore SSD lasts longer
- Low power consumption: SSD draws less power as compared to Hard Drive. SSD users on an average 2 – 3 watts of power as compared to 6-7 watts resulting in better battery life for laptops.
- Low noise: SSDs make virtually no noise at all, since they’re non-mechanical.
The very first step before updating or migrating to SSD is that you take the full backup of your hard Drive. Create a system image backup in Windows 10 by going to the Control Panel. In the left menu, go to “System Image Backup” to create a system image on an external drive or network location.
Method 1: New Installation- if you want to do everything from Scratch, follow the steps:
Download windows 10 as a bootable USB or on a DVD drive. You can then download and run the media creation tool from the Microsoft Windows 10 download website. Go to your boot menu start up option and change your boot menu to the USB or CD where you downloaded the Windows 10 media file. This will ensure that the Windows 10 set up will run as soon as you start the PC. Your Windows 10 is already registered with your motherboard, so don’t worry about access issue.
Replace the HDD with the SSD drive. Make sure, you are using the same SATA port that was connected to the Hard drive earlier. Replace the HDD with the new SSD, connect the power supply and SATA cable.
Boot the PC. Because your boot start up is USB or CD, the Windows set up with start automatically and it will start extracting the Windows 10 files. After extraction, the PC will start again and this time, change the boot option to your SSD.
Windows 10 will start the set up and will installed on your SSD drive.
Method 2. Universal SSD Cloning and Transfer Kit (USB 3.0 to SATA)
Alternatively, if you want to retain your software and apps from your old HDD to SSD, use an imaging application such as Universal SSD Cloning and Transfer Kit (USB 3.0 to SATA) from Crucial or Visiontek. This kit comes with everything you need – point and click software, USB 3.0/2.0 to SATA 3Gb/s connection cable, and 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive adapter bracket – to transfer your data from your existing hard drive to a new SSD prior to installing the SSD into your machine. This flexible tool can also be used to create bootable clones and archival backups.
Once your SSD drive is setup, you will be much improved booting time. Make your old Hard drive if not being used is wiped clean of data before safely disposing it off. Contact our IT support team, if your organisation is switching from HDD to SDD for better performance. We make sure, all the necessary disaster recovery protocols are throughly followed, before you do the roll over.