Usually when a computer crashes, the first thing people think about is getting it restored to normal operation.
The effort required to restore a computer to working order is significant. Typically replacement parts are needed. The process of reinstalling the operating system, programs, and data files, is hugely time consuming.
If what you end up with is a computer identical to what you had prior to the crash, then you’ve just lost a lot of time and money for no marginal gain in performance.
However, if you take the opportunity to upgrade your computer’s hard drive to an SSD hard drive, then you can have a large performance gain. It’s also a good time to consider upgrading memory since you’ll be inside the computer anyway.
Hard Drive. Here are the steps required to upgrade your computer to an SSD drive. These instructions are for advanced users only.
- Purchase an SSD Drive. You’ll want to purchase an internal SSD drive, click here to learn more about the best choice of SSD or something with similar features.
- Backup. Make sure you have a good backup of your files.
- Install SSD. Remove your old hard drive and install the SSD drive.
- Install OS. Install Windows from the original installation discs, or from the recovery USB flash drive created from your computer. If these aren’t available, purchase Windows 10 on a USB. [Available on Amazon]
- Follow the Windows Setup instructions to complete the process.
Memory. For memory upgrades, Crucial.com has a system scanner that helps find the most compatible memory for your computer. If possible, it’s good to upgrade to the maximum amount of memory possible for your computer.
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