SSD worth it for old laptop?

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  1. MionissNio
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    Hey just a quick question, i have an hp laptop with haswell i7Q 12GB ram model, I bought it in 2014 it runs great except hdd is bottlenecking it, but the thing is i have a beast of a gaming desktop and a surface pro 4 i5, both of which can easily fulfill my power and portability needs the laptop is like a middle man. Is spendong on it worth? (I use it for mild gaming and photoshop and blender, but recrntly stopped dye to crippling hdd performance)
     


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    Even if you ever decide to upgrade, you can always move it to a different computer.

    Hooray standardized parts! :toot:

    It honestly depends on if you think it is worth the ~$80-200 for the extra time you will use the laptop from then on.
     
  3. MionissNio
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    Yeah mever thoughy of that! Evrn if i change my laptop i can save cost by buying an hdd one and changing the disk! Or use the ssd as an external drove for my tablet (Though it is weak as shit for my work.)
     
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    An SSD is the easiest way to breathe new life into an old system. I stuck a cheap 120 GB SSD into my old laptop and replaced the disk drive with the hard drive that was in it before (750 GB). So now the OS runs from the SSD rather nicely, and media and other non-essential content lives on the original hard drive ♪

    And like what was said above, you can always stick it into a new system so there really isn't a downside in my opinion.
     
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    just make sure your OS does have TRIM support, so in the long run you will not suffer from slowness
     
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    I got a IDE SSD in an 18 year old laptop.

    Yes, it really is worth it.
     
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    I have already do it for a 2008 laptop ( dell vostro 1700 ! ) it was nice ! boot time was really fast. Mine was core 2 duo with 4 Gb DDR2 and Geforce 8400GS It was nice but HW acceleration was poor on linux but works great on windows ( windows 7 and 10 )

    It was mainly used for web surfing and video watching :)
     
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    Who said cd drives were obsolete, damn apple to standardize removal of cd drive otherwise I would be spending fraction of cost by saving my 1tb hd in cd and 250gb ssd intead of 512gb.
     
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    This is what I used: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EY50UL0/
    Really not expensive, but just make sure you get the right size for your laptop.
     
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    I wouldn't really call a 3 year old laptop old, but yes it would most certainly be worth it to put an SSD in there. I put two of my older 120GB SSDs in my old laptop from 2007 when its HDD failed and it's working fantastically considering its age. Quick to boot and applications load quickly with almost no noise coming from it.
     
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    Only the very first SSD's didn't have built in garbage collection. And when free pages ran out, the disk had to erase old blocks before writing new ones. This is no longer the case as SSDs now have "GARBAGE COLLECTION" built in. TRIM is not a requirement for garbage collection to work. Not having TRIM does not affect the performance of the SSD. TRIM only makes garbage collection more efficient by helping the OS mark deleted pages as stale. Although not having TRIM does increase write amplification, it happens in the background when the disk is idle and running garbage collection.

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...garbage-collection-so-i-dont-need-trim-right/


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    Time was 3 years was a pretty good lifetime for a laptop.

    That said if people have mostly working haswell i7Q 12GB ram laptops gathering dust I am quite prepared to pay shipping.
     
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    Absolutely worth it! I have a dell inspiron15r(5010n). It's 10 years old and I still have win7 kicking. I reapplied the thermal paste and cleaned the fans. Upgraded the hdd to a 240gbSSD and wifi card. I also got a dummy bay to replace the optical drive with a standard hdd (I can swap those out as needdd). Works better than my 2007 iMac.
     
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    Does anyone know if there are replacement bays for those DVD drives that don't open and the disks just slide in? I Have an old Dell XPS...

    Edit: Another question, what can the express card slot do? I haven't ever seen anything for it.
     
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    DVD drives can be all custom sizes and shapes. The nature of the disc tray (self loading, just locked and fully motorised) has little bearing on anything there.
     
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    Oh, so the generic ones should work? Probably just need to pull of the plastic front. I guess I'll get one then, thanks.
     
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    You need to look up the drive for your model. You can't just go slap any cd/DVD drive in there.
     
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