Is it worth it to replace hard drive on laptop?


Is it worth it to replace hard drive on laptop? Yes! You will notice at least a 40% gain in performance if you replace it with an SSD.

What is a hard drive?

A computer’s hard drive, or simply a hard drive, stores data on a magnetic disk called a “hard disc”. When a computer is turned off the contents of the computer’s memory are stored on the hard drive until they are needed again.

Why should I replace my laptop’s hard drive?

Computers have evolved rapidly over the past years and so has their hardware. Our laptops can now act as handheld computers with touch screens and powerful CPUs that rival desktops. Laptop batteries last longer than ever before allowing us to use our laptops for more than 8 hours without having to recharge them.

The possibilities are endless; however, a downside of this is that laptops have become more difficult to repair and upgrade. Since they are lightweight and compact it makes sense that the manufacturers would want them to be small and sleek just like our modern-day smartphones. Unfortunately, upgrading or repairing a laptop usually means voiding its warranty which means you will have to pay extra money if something goes wrong with your computer later down the line.

So is it all worth it?

If you have been using your laptop for some time now chances are its performance has slowed over time applications, movies, music, and games can take a lot longer to load and you will be spending more time waiting for your computer to process computer problems because of the excess files it has accumulated over time. You can make sure that your laptop is responsive again by doing a solid-state drive upgrade!

A Solid State Drive (SSD) upgrade is guaranteed to bring back the zippy processor power of your processor, making it perfect for gaming or graphic design, while at the same time being able to store hundreds of games and movies. SSDs have no moving parts which means they are less likely to break since there are no read/write arms that can become misaligned if the laptop is moved around during a hard-drive replacement. This also makes them faster than regular mechanical computer problems. Replacing your hard drive with a solid-state drive will add years to the life of your laptop.

The one drawback to this is that there is a current shortage of SATAIII SSD drives across the industry, meaning when you do decide to upgrade, they may not be in stock in your area or on your desired laptop manufacturer’s website. For example, if you wanted a Samsung 860 EVO SSD for your ASUS laptop, it would cost an additional $120 dollars just for the boot drive.

Replacing the drive

Replacing the drive itself can be done easily by opening up your computer and removing both side covers. There are usually only four screws attaching them to each other and then two screws keeping them in place. Before you remove them, make sure that the laptop is turned off and the battery removed.

Once both covers are removed, you can see your hard drive. There should be a cable coming from the bottom of the computer going up to it. This is called a SATA or data cable. You would need to disconnect this. Once it’s out of the way, pull straight up on your old drive – after all screws, plastic coverings and rubber feet have been taken off of course, and then pop in your new one by clicking into place. After that just reassemble in the opposite order and boot up again when finished!


Problems that can arise after replacing the drive

Inaccessible boot device

There are many different options for replacing your current spinning media with a Solid State Drive (SSD) these days. When replacing your hard drive on a laptop, you want to remember that there are some things that can be tricky about this task. The first thing is that the SATA cable used for this connection may be very short or non-existent depending on your model of the laptop! If you have an older machine, you will find out quickly how frustrating it can be! If you get any errors while booting up after installing the new SSD (like “inaccessible boot device”), make sure all cables are securely connected and try again.

Data transfer woes

Another potential problem occurs when trying to move data from one hard drive to another. Make sure that power is connected to both drives but not plugged into a surge protector before attempting the transfer process – otherwise your computer may restart unexpectedly during the transfer! This happened to me when trying to transfer data from my old hard drive onto the new SSD. The symptoms were that the computer would intermittently turn off and on, leaving the blinking power light indicator on for several seconds before displaying a message that “device is ready”.

Even after getting past these initial setbacks, you can still have problems with Windows not being able to recognize all of my original hard drive’s partitions during installation – leading to missing files/folders which are inaccessible! This problem was solved by performing a system restore back to factory settings. It seemed like an eternity while waiting for all programs to reinstall themselves one by one, but it will definitely be worth it in the end! But why go through all this on your own? Instead, get one of our Melbourne laptop repair experts to help you with this daunting task.

Furthermore, if you take care of your computer (e.g., remove dust from your computer weekly, don’t leave food/drinks near your laptop), you can decrease the chances of having to replace a hard drive on a laptop in the future!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...