How to Install an SSD in your Desktop

How to Install an SSD in your Desktop

What to do before installing SSD

Check the warranty period

Replacing the drive, like any other manipulation of the equipment, involves interference with the device and automatically deprives the right to warranty service. Installing SSD is recommended when the warranty is over, or its loss does not frighten you.

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Back up your data

If SSD needs to be installed to replace the old HDD, rather than in addition to it, you need to move all the important files to another internal disk before the procedure starts, and if it’s not, to the outside.

The exception is the 2.5-inch SATA hard drives, which can be placed in a special pocket case after extraction from the laptop and used as an external drive with a USB connection. Some SSDs even come with such a pocket.

 

How to connect SSD to your laptop

Prepare everything you need

The list of what you’ll need isn’t great:

  • SSD
  • A guide to your laptop
  • screwdriver.

 

Cut off power and unplug the cables.

Complete the laptop. Remove the power adapter from the outlet and disconnect the charging wire from your computer. Unplug all cables, mice, headphones, and other accessories.

 

Remove the battery

If the laptop is editing, pull it out. Depending on the model, this is done differently, but usually, you need to pull the lard and remove the battery, moving it out of place. If you have difficulties, look for information in your computer’s manual or on YouTube.

After extracting the AKB, press the power button and hold it for about 10 seconds to remove the residual charge of static electricity.

 

Remove the lid

Now we need to get to the disk. Typically, there are shooting covers with memory compartments and storage compartments on the back. The space for the disk is marked as HDD. If there are several covers and no tags, check the instructions or take it off and remove everything to find the right compartment. In thin modern laptops, there may not be any individual covers. In this case, you will have to remove the entire back panel.

Using the screwdriver, twist the screws and gently lift the lid. Usually, it should be moved to the side in advance to free it from the snares. If you doubt your abilities – look for instructions to disassemble your model.

Provide some boxes for cogs so as not to lose them. They can have different lengths and sizes, so it is better to lay out the fastener in the order you shoot.

 

Pull out the installed drive.

SATA 2,5″

Screw the screws that hold the hard drive. Slide it aside to disconnect from the corrosion and gently remove it from the slot.

M.2

Unscrew the screw at the end of the drive board. And when it is completely free and rises under the influence of the slot spring, gently remove the board, slightly shaking it from side to side.

 

Put the attachments on the new disk

SATA 2,5″

If the old drive provided fastening staples or branded corrodings – remove them and move to the new SSD. Without these accessories, the drive will dangle inside the slot and plug it out.

M.2

The drives of this format are installed directly into the slot without any additional fastening.

 

Install and secure SSD

SATA 2,5″

Footage: Kingston Technology/YouTube

Insert the SSD into the disk compartment and slide it all the way, combining SATA. Wrap all the screws with the screws to secure the drive properly.

M.2

Please insert it into the M.2 slot on the laptop’s motherboard without touching the gilded SSD contacts. By willing the drive from side to side, make sure it is fully inserted into the corra. Gently tap the new disk with your finger, putting it in place, and wrap the screw of the SSD mount.

 

Set the back cover and battery

Once again, make sure that the disc is securely fixed, and all the parts are in place. Install the back panel and wrap all the screws. If you have a removable battery in your laptop, insert it into the slot until the characteristic click.

 

Format the drive or install the OS

Turn on your computer and check the health of the system. If the new SSD is the main drive, install Windows, macOS, or Linux by pre-creating the download drive.

If the disk is used as an additional disk, you will agree with the OS proposal to format it at the first turn-on.

 

How to connect SSD to a desktop computer

How to connect SSD to a desktop computer

Prepare everything you need

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • SSD
  • Power and synchronization cables (if necessary)
  • A guide to the motherboard;
  • screwdriver.

 

Cut off power and unplug the cables.

Shut down your computer and then turn off the monitor, mouse, keyboard, and all other devices and cables from the system block. The eroding at the back is unique and difficult to confuse. But if you doubt yourself – take a photo before disconnecting everything.

 

Remove the side cover on the case.

Put a system block on the table for convenience. Use the screws to spin the screws that hold the left side cover. Slide it towards the back and remove it.

Before touching the discs and other components, touch the unpainted part of the chassis with your hand to remove the static electricity.

 

Identify the installation location.

Accurate and detailed information on possible ways to install SSD can be found in the documentation to the motherboard. Although using general recommendations, you can do and careful visual examination.

SATA 2,5″

Traditional-format discs are placed on the sidewall next to the motherboard (in modern cases) or inside the storage basket (a more common version).

If there are compartments for 2.5-inch (non-100) discs, the SSD is installed directly. Otherwise, you’ll need special adapter sleds, which are usually included in the kit and allow you to fasten the drive in one of the compartments for large 3.5-inch discs so that it does not dangle inside.

M.2

SSD forms M.2 are installed directly on the motherboard and connected to a slot with the appropriate data rate (e.g., M.2 32 Gb/s). Often, such an interface is only available in premium segment computers and is not available in the parent boards of the initial and middle price range.

 

Install and secure the SSD

SATA 2,5″

If the case has a compartment for 2.5-inch discs – insert the drive into it and secure it inside with complete screws and a screwdriver. If only compartments for 3.5-inch variants are available, install the SSD in the adapter, then place it inside the basket and screw it.

If you have a special platform to attach to the side wall next to the motherboard, place the disc there and attach it with the screws that come in the kit. If the platform is removed, it is better to remove it for convenience and return it to the place with the disk already installed inside. You may have to remove the left cover of the system block case.

M.2

If you have an SSD cover on the board, remove it. Next, without touching the gilded contacts of the drive and not applying excessive effort, please insert it into the slot at an angle and then lower, gently pressing your finger. Then fix the SSD in the slot with a fastening screw. If you have a lid, place it in place.

 

Connect the drive

SATA 2,5″

Connect the power cable to the drive, a narrow black connector with four wires from the power supply. Connect to the SATA cable. It is usually pink, thin, and narrow, with small corrosion. Insert the second end of the wire into the corresponding motherboard slot.

To keep the SSD faster, connect it to the SATA 3.0 connector, which supports up to 6 Gbps speeds. It is possible to specify whether it is present on the board and located in the documentation to the motherboard.

An additional SATA cable can be taken from a set of motherboard accessories or purchased separately in the store. SSDs themselves, as a rule, do not complete them.

M.2

SSDS format M.2 does not require an additional connection. Power and data transmission in them is carried out through a slot on the motherboard.

 

Set the cover of the case and connect the cables

Collect the system block in reverse order. Place and secure the side cover, connect all the cables and external devices.

 

Format the drive or install the OS

Start your computer and check the health of the system. If the new SSD is the main drive, install Windows, macOS, or Linux by pre-creating the download drive.

If the disk is used to store files, you will agree with the OS’s offer to format it the first time it is turned on.

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