There are many ways to Upgrade a laptop HDD to a Solid State Drive (SSD), this is one of them. For this tutorial I’ll be using a USB to 2.5″ SATA cable to plug the SSD via USB to the laptop.
Upgrading a Laptop to a solid state drive (SSD) is extremely simple the hardest part would be installing the hard drive. Copying Windows to a new (SSD) will eventually save a lot of time, you don’t have to install all individual programs and configure settings from scratch.
To Upgrade a Laptop to an SSD:
0. Plug the SSD to the laptop via USB using a USB to 2.5″ SATA cable.
1. Install the new SSD hard drive via USB to your computer and make sure is installed properly.
2. Download and install Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0
3. Once installed, run Paragon Migrate OS to SSD, click yes to the UAC if prompted.
4. Read the welcome screen and click next.
5. The Wizard will auto detect the installed drives. It will show you that is going to copy your Local Disk C: To: the new hard drive you have installed which in this case is Disk 1.
6. Check mark Use all available space for the OS partition. If you leave it unchecked a partition will be created on the destination drive. If you don’t know about partitions then is recommended to check mark that option. Click on Copy button.
7. The copy process can take a while depending on how much data you have stored on your Local Disk C:
8. Once done, you’ll provide a brief explanation in case you are keeping both drives. In my case I’m only keeping the new hard drive so all we have to do is just turn off the computer, remove the source disk, and keep the new hard drive which is the destination Drive and turn the computer back on.
9. In case you didn’t check mark Use all available space for the OS partition on the paragon cloning wizard and you wish to use the full space of the hard drive, you could go to Disk management and re-claim that partition.
10. By right click Computer, Manage, Disk Management, Right click C: Drive, Extend Volume…, Next to the wizard, next again, and finish the wizard to Use all available space for the OS partition.
Note: Older laptops might not support SSD’s, for older laptop’s you might need to update the BIOS. Updating the BIOS on older laptop’s does not mean it would fix the problem and on newer laptops upgrading to an SSD can cause freezing changing the BIOS settings to AHCI instead of IDE might fix the freezing problem. Read more…