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SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« on: March 30, 2019, 11:24:00 AM »
there's an old netbook here with the following specs:


1GHz dual-core AMD CPU with Radeon Graphics
500GB HDD 5400rpm hdd
2GB RAM
10" screen


it doesn't seem to have provisions for an additional stick of RAM so i was thinking of swapping out the HDD with one of them SSDs just to speed things up a bit.  given that the budget is a bit tight, i was considering the item linked below as an option:


https://www.lazada.com.ph/products/sandisk-ssd-plus-25-240gb-sata-iii-internal-solid-state-drive-ssd-sdssda-240g-g26-i120129658-s124829522.html?spm=a2o4l.searchlist.list.4.76081c8cDoRCxN&search=1


i was thinking that the old hdd could be reformatted and used as an external hdd.  it's not a main computer so it doesn't need that much space but 240GB should be ok for storing some files.  any thoughts?  ::) ::) ::)
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 11:29:41 AM »
i'm good with 120 GB SSD for my main PC's OS and some games lol. i have read that larger capacity SSDs are faster, though.

i do have 2 1 TB drives for storage and backup, btw.

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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 11:36:41 AM »
it's just for very basic use anyway so i don't need that much space nor speed.  plus, budget is really tight.  i'm seeing other brands too...any thoughts on those?
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2019, 11:40:27 AM »
hmm...looks like the kingston a400 is also a good contender.  just a bit more expensive but it's more recent and seems to have faster read speeds than the comparable sandisk.

https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/SanDisk-SSD-Plus-240GB-vs-Kingston-A400-240GB/m25612vs3953
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 11:45:23 AM »
sorry, Master Dean, pero not familiar ako sa Sandisk or Kingston SSDs. Crucial gamit ko, mga 4-5 years old na yata ito sa akin ok pa rin kahit ilang power loss, blue screen (every 2-3 days yata dati before ako nagreformat dahil nag upgrade ng PC) at hard reset na pinag daanan.

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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2019, 11:29:14 PM »
boss dean installing windows or linux? windows takes a bit more space so baka mabitin sa 120/128gb. 240/256 would be better if that's the case.

linux will make better use of 2gb ram. windows 10 64 bit 4gb ram na minimum eh
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2019, 12:18:10 AM »
thanks for the recommendations! truly appreciate it.

the netbook is currently running on a licensed/activated copy of windows 8 (came pre-installed when it was purchased) and the programs are already set up for it so i don't think i'll be re-installing windows.  just need to clone the old hdd after i remove the non-system/program files.
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2019, 11:05:13 AM »
not on a netbook but i did an ssd swap on an old amd based msi x370 slim.


before swap, i was getting high cpu / hdd usage under win10. it was maybe the ssd or moving to 4gb from 2gb ram.

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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2019, 03:21:03 PM »
thanks for the recommendations! truly appreciate it.

the netbook is currently running on a licensed/activated copy of windows 8 (came pre-installed when it was purchased) and the programs are already set up for it so i don't think i'll be re-installing windows.  just need to clone the old hdd after i remove the non-system/program files.
I have an MSI Wind U160 with 2GB RAM which was getting to be quite a pain to use every time Windows 7 decides to update itself. I switched it to Linuxmint xfce and it's now more usable for browsing and DLing.

I'm not sure how much of a difference an SSD would make for your netbook since I remember using a SONY VAIO slim netbook that came with a 128GB SSD that ran on Windows 7 Home ed and it didn't feel any faster than my MSI netbook that ran on Win 7 Ultimate.
Anyways, if you still get disappointing results after the SSD swap, may I suggest switching to a lightweight Linux distro. After all, the first netbooks were originally intended to run on a stripped down Linux OS until somebody decided that installing Windows would be an awesome idea.

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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2019, 05:34:09 PM »
it sounds like a brazos platform netbook. yeah it would run better on a lightweight linux distro if switching to an ssd doesn't give a good boost.

windows 10 is optimized for an ssd but windows 8 may still run well on an hdd...
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2019, 09:16:28 PM »
got it, will save up first and give this a shot.  thanks for all the tips!
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Re: SSD upgrade for an old netbook
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2019, 10:53:56 AM »
my old msi wind u160 clone was crawling on win10, even after installing a 250GB SSD. changed to ubuntu mate minimal and it is quite snappy now. sana i can find a new battery for it. haha.