From recently looking at new laptops. I just couldn’t justify the money for another unit. The urge to get some new technology is never easy to fight off! The replaced devices start to gather dust and the guilt sets in that the old device did nearly everything the new one does even though much faster. This reminds me that machine with a newly installed drive always seems to run much faster until the programs get piled on and significant resources are used up right before your eyes.
I have found that after spending days searching for a new device, and for a good price, and I ask myself, “if I upgrade the old device, would this satisfy the urge to get a completely new unit? The answer was yes, and it also helped to save desk space .
I have now done this for two laptops (the second laptop just weeks ago) and it has brought a lot of life back into devices that were running sluggish, not to mention the sparkle on the screen from a good clean. For that moment of booting it up to configure, as if for the first time, priceless was the joy experienced, seen only from the outside as a smile.
The winning combination for me has been upgrading the RAM with the maximum allowed and replacing the Hard Disk Drive with a Solid State Drive. Instead of cloning the old drive, I determined that starting again from scratch can be seen as an opportunity to add software as you need it.
A SATA to USB hard drive caddy is incredibly useful to copy existing data needed across to the new SSD, unless data was partitioned separately, then a drive to drive operation could be performed, if that is how you do it. I usually take a backup of everything important from the old hard drive, so that if it comes out of storage faulty nothing will be lost. The past couple of years I have been using a Blu-ray burner. I still have 90% remaining of the pack of 50 x 25GB discs I bought at the same time as the burner.
So there you have it the result was a 2008 Toshiba laptop RAM doubled to 4GB and an Acer netbook RAM doubled to 2GB, both with 250GB Samsung Evo Solid State Drives running Windows 10. The increase in performance has held me back from wanting something better for now.
I have done a lot of looking for a touchscreen and keyboard solution which has not swayed me at the moment but lets give it a month or so yet!