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Installing Solid State Drives in Our Old Laptops Makes A Huge Difference

August 31, 2010

I recently installed Kingston 64GB solid state drives in two of our HP Pavillion laptops that we purchased about four years ago (a dv2000 and a dv6000). The speed difference is pretty dramatic. They seem about twice as fast as before. Even my wife was quite impressed.

About 9 months ago, I purchased a new HP TouchSmart TX2 tablet with 4 GB of memory and a dual core AMD Turion X2 2.3 GHz processor. I was a little disappointed by the lack of responsiveness during long periods of disk access, especially when doing web browsing. The old HP laptops are now noticeably faster than the much newer TouchSmart.

The old Pavillions into which the SSD was installed had been annoyingly slow, especially when accessing flash content on the web. No more. Now they each boot in under one minute and are quite responsive. Even though the Pavillions have only 2GB of memory and 1.6 GHz Core2 Duo processors, I now no longer feel any imperative to replace these soon, and hope to get another 1-2 years of service out of them.

At less than $120 for the Kingston 64GB SSD, this is an upgrade I highly recommend. Indeed I won’t buy another laptop without putting an SSD in.

The only caveat about replacing a drive as I did, is that it appears to be impossible to backup an image from a larger hard drive and restore it to a smaller SSD, even though the space used is well shy of the SSD’s capacity. Thus, the upgrade required reinstalling Windows, drivers and various applications.

 

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