An SSD upgrade is one of the best ways to breathe new life into an older system with a conventional hard drive. Even older, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD-based systems that don’t support the SATA 6G standard will see a huge speed increase when combined with an SSD. Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn’t thought possible. If you have a little spare time on your hands, do yourself a favour and upgrade to an SSD. You’ll be amazed at the performance boost for your system.

To find the best SSD available out there read: The Best & Fastest Solid State Drives (SSD)
Read more about: the benefits of solid state drive and how it can take your system to the next level.
You can read also: A short comparison between HDD and SSD

Now after you bought your SSD most probably you will need it to be your boot drive where the operating system in installed. You are then in front of two options: 1- Do a complete clean installation of the operating system from scratch. Our operating system here will be Windows 7. 2- Shift data from HDD to SSD. This article will discuss these two options.

Furthermore, you may want to use your SSD externally through a USB 3.0 port (a USB 2.0 is so slow to handle the high-speed of SSD). You will find here the way to build your external SSD without a hassle.

1- Performing A Clean Installation On SSD

This is the best and safest option to go for if you want to use the SSD as a boot drive with a stable operating system. If you own a desktop computer watch the following video and carefully follow the guidelines mentioned:

After installing Windows 7 you will need to optimize it to operate well with your SSD. For this purpose please refer to this article.

2- Shift Data From HDD To SSD

This is not the recommended option as it has been reported that some people had errors in their operating system after the completion of this process. This is not something unexpected due to the different nature of HDD from SSD. But in most cases it does work flawlessly, so if you want to try your luck here we go: Click Here.

You will need then to ensure that AHCI mode is enabled, refer to this article.


After you install your SSD alongside with the traditional HDD you may experience a slow-down in the speed of your SSD. To fix this issue follow these steps:

– enter bios on your computer (delete, f10, f12 keys)
– find your HDD or HDD management options
– change SATA mode to ATA/IDE mode on problematic HDD, leave SSD in SATA mode
– optionally: disable S.M.A.R.T. in bios
– optionally: try different AHCI

3- Use Your SSD Externally

That’s a too simple process. You will first need a good USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure then follow the guidelines in the video below (these guidelines are just the same with SSD):

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That’s all. Hope this article has been useful to you

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