How To Upgrade Your Ssd

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hey what’s up guys sleeping mati here back with another video and when it comes to drive upgrades I see it from time to time where people go ahead and try to upgrade their drive but miss something in the process and the results in data loss or broken hardware or something goes downhill so today we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know to upgrade your drive in your system and today we’ll be focusing on SSDs and how to upgrade your SSD name everything hang on a second hang on a second upgrading your SSD don’t you mean upgrading from a hard drive to an SSD well actually yeah a lot of the time that is what a lot of people are doing however a lot of modern laptops and allman ones and even pre-built gaming systems come with relatively small SSD drives from 120 gig to even 240 gigabyte drives and with 500 gigabyte Plus SSDs on the market today coming in at relatively decent prices a lot of people might be making the option now to upgrade from their 120 to 240 gig SSD up to something to say a 500 gigabyte SSD which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg as it once did not too long ago so upgrading an SSD is actually something a lot more people are doing here today in 2018 nor most going into 2019 however that being said if you’re looking at upgrading from your hard drive to an SSD everything we’re gonna cover today will be exactly the same for you so before we actually get into the actual upgrade process there’s a couple things you do want to consider and also to pick up before we start this process first and foremost knowing what drive you do have in your system whether it be a two and a half inch drive seder a configuration or even an MDOT two and M door to nbme knowing what drives that your system supports is very important which will then help you go ahead and pick up which drive you do need to go and get there’s no point buying a two and a half inch hard drive or rather two and a half inch SSD to go into an MDOT two slot it’s just not going to work so going head looking up the support tabs will either your motherboard if it is a desktop PC all the support pages if it is a laptop like what we’ve got over my shoulder is the best place to start now for the support page doesn’t list what kind of drive compatibility is there you can easily just open up your system and take a look inside or even just look up Google images to see what that model actually does support and I’ll let you go ahead and look into that because there is an entire whole other video we could do into how to pick up and recognize which drive is for your system if you’re gonna head and looked inside and still not exactly sure just simply put the model of your motherboard or your laptop into Google Plus whatever drive you’re thinking of buying and that will generally spit out the answer of whether will or will not work so I’ll let you guys go ahead and pick that up but there’s a few other things once we’ve picked up our drive we’ll also to nearly consider first and foremost an adapter for our system if it isn’t a full desktop tower now a lot of people looking at upgrading their systems may actually be like what’s over my shoulder and already have the laptop that has a mid-sized SSD but could easily do with a much larger Drive option so whether it be a two and a half inch drive MDOT two nvme drive all of them do have options out there to adapt them to a USB interface now you can find out more about the performance difference right there but all-in-all it’s really awesome to get one of these because not only will it help you actually transfer all your data but once you’ve done the upgrade now you’ve got yourself a cool external USB Drive that isn’t too bad in the performance department because once we upgrade that internal drive you’ve now got an external one and it’s better to use it than have it just on a shelf and you should never sell an old storage device now once we’ve got that that’s basically all we need for hardware other than maybe a screwdriver if you need to get inside of it and it isn’t all tooless then we need to look at our software to Palm it now a lot of modern SSDs these days coming out from crucial and Samsung and all the big names out there come with data migration software which is really great to help you transfer and move all the data across however a lot more budget options these days are coming out without these options here because not licensing a piece of software to you cost less and obviously then the drive will cost less money so a lot more budget drives don’t hop with this so what we’re gonna go ahead and do is grab a piece of software now for today’s video we’re gonna go ahead and use ease us to do backup home or ease us to do backup home basically this guy right here now to be clear they’re not a sponsor of this video and we have no affiliation with them and it just so happened that I found their free piece of software to use a few months ago and I thought hey this seems pretty cool let’s go ahead and use it in a video now personally I’m definitely a fan of the Acronis paid suites as I do work in IT and I do have the entire Kronos software package just available to me license to me so I generally use that when it comes to this cloning and really anything to do with data transfer however if you don’t want to go ahead and spend an extra 100 plus dollars on a cloning tool that you’re gonna use like once this definitely is a decent option from the easy West team now that we’ve assembled everything let’s go ahead and get ready to do some upgrades but the first thing we’re gonna want to do is do a backup whether you’re just gonna copy your key pieces of data over to a USB Drive or some like that are you gonna go ahead and do a full system image whatever you want to do please do a backup whilst we don’t intend to lose any data today no one ever actually goes out with the intention of losing data so please backup all your important information before you do anything here so once that’s backed up let’s go ahead and plug in our brand-new drive now we’re gonna use our external drive attachment up for today’s video however again if you are working on desktop you could just slot that new sucker right in but again we are gonna go ahead and put in our drive like so once we’ve gone ahead and done that we’re gonna open up our ears us to do backup software stuff and we’re gonna go ahead and navigate over to the disk cloning section now if you’re not going ahead and using the ease us tool you can easily use whatever came bundled with your SSD the tool process is gonna be very similar and the actual way of cloning is identical across all the different pieces of software because let’s be honest they’re just Rhys kins of exactly the same thing now again depending on your program will be depending on which other permissions you may need to click some extra boxes but essentially what we’re gonna go ahead and do is choose the source drive being the older SSD that’s already in our system or if you are running with a hard drive the hard drive so for us we’re gonna choose the C Drive and then for our destination we’re gonna connect our USB Drive and select that one a good little tip right here is to disconnect any other storage devices where they’ll be network drives USB external drives SSDs flash drives anything that disconnect everything but the C Drive and your brand new drives just keeps things a lot more simpler once we’ve chosen their destination fuel there any extra boxes we’re gonna make sure that we’re cloning the entire drive and then we’re basically just gonna here to go this is gonna take anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on the size of your drive and we’re basically good to go at this point now do note if you are cloning stuff like a hard drive to a smaller SSDs to say a four terabyte hard drive to a 500 gigabyte SSD you may need to go ahead and change some partition sizes but this software will walk you through everything you do need to do for us today we’re going from smaller to bigger which is much easier however going from bigger to smaller can be a little bit more of a challenge but don’t get me wrong it is just as easy to do you just have to change a few little boxes here and there but the software will tell you everything you need to do now at this point the clone is done we’ve got two drives which are identically cloned what we’re gonna do right now in our case is pop open the bottom of our XPS 15 9550 we’re gonna go ahead and swap out our m2 drive from the old one to our brand new one right here and we’re gonna pop it in like so now if you’re using a two-and-a-half inch hard drive to a SSD or just two and a half inch SSD in general generally they’ll go ahead and have some sort of caddy system or mounting system easy enough to pull that out usually anywhere from four to five bolts pop that out pop your brand new one right in and you are all ready to go though do keep in mind every computer opens up differently so just because I pulled the bottom off of my laptop doesn’t mean it’s gonna be the same for you so to keep that in mind once we’ve installed our new drive what I usually like to do is just rest it on the bottom cover if the bottom does come off we’ll just sort of put it as much together without doing up any screws because the last thing you want to do is screw in like 1520 screws and then realize oh it didn’t actually work and you gonna unscrew the whole thing again waste of time just go ahead and make sure it works so for our case I’ve just rested it on the bottom I can hit the power up button and make sure it boots into Windows now because of our clone right here cloned the entire partition this thing’s gonna boot up as if there was nothing different right here and as we can see hey boots into Windows we can shut it down put the base back on and we are ready to continue with our install now speaking of install if you are running Windows 10 8.1 or even Windows 7 there’s very little you actually need to do in terms of activation of Windows all your software’s right there everything as it was is identically copied over because we’ve basically just cloned it now Windows 10 does take it a little bit easier because the actual software key for that Windows license is bound to the BIOS on the system and not necessarily the hardware so you can change that hard drive in and out or that SSD in and out and you shouldn’t run into any problems however if it says Windows is not activated anymore simply follow the on-screen prompts to reactivate it and you should good to go you don’t need to buy another copy of Windows because you’ve already got a legally activated copy if they’re not activating for you call the max or support line give them a little product key and boom they’ll activate it for you so do keep you one you do not need to buy another copy Windows now that our drive is installed and we can boot into Windows we can open up file explorer and hang on a second well what’s going on here if we open a file explorer we can see the drive is still the same capacity as what it was before why didn’t our drive get bigger well actually this is a very common I guess occurrence when it comes to cloning drives what we did here is clone the partition from the old drive to the new drive but because the drive is bigger on the new one that same size partition is gonna be the same size on the new and also to the old ones we just need to expand it to take up the full size of the brand-new drive so this is a really simple fix we’ll open up computer manager then go to storage and find out drive we can go ahead right click and click on expand and boom it is back to the full size right here use up that unformatted partition and we’re basically good to go yeah again nothing’s gonna happen to you data and even if everything seems to get wiped you’ve still got that other copy so you’re not really in too much of a problem right here and basically again it just comes to the fact that today we copied that partition however some pieces of software will just copy the data on there which can work a little bit better but again today we just copied the data over and at this point we’re basically ready to use a computer like we would on a day-to-day basis wallpapers are the same software’s the same everything is identically in the exact same partition we’re basically ready to go there’s no real differences right here once we’ve verified that all of our data is all safely install up on our new computer we can wipe out that old drive and now we’ve got ourselves a cooler USB external hard drive or SSD when it comes to dips as I did mention removing any other storage devices can be really helpful because the last thing you want to do is accidentally clone your system to another drive which is not the drive you actually meant to a clone to and when it comes to actually using a computer you can totally use a computer just fine when you’re cloning the system however I generally like to just leave the computer set by itself when it is cloning because the last thing I want to do is make a new file that turns out to be really important and it’s already copied say the desktop location and I save it to the desktop and then that file gets missed it is lost forever so when you’re cloning whilst you don’t have to leave it sit by itself I generally like to go and just leave it because it is so much easier to just make sure everything is done and copied across and again we’re done this is a really simple process and just that anyone can do it takes about five minutes of work and about an hour or so waiting around for the computer to go ahead and clone you can still use the computer as usual then as I did just mention it’s better off to go ahead and leave it just blank let it sit there let it clone and then we will be done so guys there we go upgrading our SSDs or upgrading to an SSD is a very simple process and just about anyone can do if you want to find the software that we use today or any of the hardware or even the laptop that we use today they’ll be linked all down in that description box so you just want to buy exactly what I have here today and you’ve got an XPS 15 you can easily just pick out bits and pieces from that description box so it’d be easy to go ahead and follow also – you would have noticed some of the cards popping up for some of the videos that do relate to what we’re doing here like our SSD showdown series as well as a lot of our other storage reviews so if you are looking at buying stuff a new SSD check out the channel we’ve got quite a few different storage videos that you may want to check out and while you’re down there in that description box want to let me know down in their comment sections what is on your main boot drive is it a hard drive is it an SSD one terabyte 32 gig let me know what your boot drive is down in that comment section guys thanks for watching I’ll catch you all in the next one

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