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Old Laptop SSD Upgrade: how to install Samsung 850 EVO SSD; unboxing, migration & review; SSD vs HDD

May 22, 2017 Jon 17 Comments

Old Laptop SSD Upgrade: how to install Samsung 850 EVO SSD; unboxing, migration & review; SSD vs HDD

How to upgrade your old computer with SSD. Easy laptop upgrade installing SSD. Samsung EVO SSDs are fast, reliable and have good price – check it out on Amazon:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1nPPyvs UK: http://amzn.to/1VR0vYf (more countries below)

0:17 SSD prices are dropping, you can buy even for an old computer
0:37 My first SSD from Samsung was for a MacBook 2009
0:48 A really slow PC laptop… 5 minutes before using anything
1:09 My second Samsung SSD: half the price!
1:20 Comes with software and instructions for migration
1:29 You need to have an USB case or SATA adapter cable
1:39 Installing and cloning the hard disk
2:00 Replacing the HDD for the SSD
2:19 The real speed test – what a difference!
2:37 SSD vs HDD: numbers don’t lie

Since 2009, I started using a Macbook as my main work computer. It came with a traditional hard-disk and I used it that way during 4 years. Then I changed its HDD for an SSD… what a difference! In 2013 those 500GB were expensive – but the productivity gain was brutal. It was my working tool, so it was worth the price.

Besides the Mac, we always had some PC around at home. We use it sporadically… so, we never considered buying an SSD for it – until now.

The Samsung 850 EVO line is offered in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. On Amazon you can compare the prices for each size – here are my affiliate links:

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD:
– http://amzn.to/1nPPyvs (Amazon USA)
– http://amzn.to/1VR0vYf (Amazon UK)
– http://amzn.to/1VR0Mu5 (Amazon Deutschland)
– http://amzn.to/1VR130a (Amazon España)
– http://amzn.to/1VR1dVn (Amazon France)
– http://amzn.to/1PWVuiA (Amazon Italia)

On both occasions I bough SSDs from Samsung after reading lots of reviews and some performance/endurance/energy-efficiency tests. There are other SSD brands who demand even more energy than an mechanical hdd, which on a laptop is a deal breaker to me. Right now Samsung offers a very good relation between price, capacity, performance, endurance and consumption (battery time).

Technology is always evolving, so if you find different brands/models worth mentioning, let us all know in the comments!

Article in my website:

SSD upgrade on old Laptop PC – Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD: migration, installation and speed test

Written, Performed and Produced by Everson Siqueira

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  1. Geek Detour
    May 23, 2017 - 12:26 am

    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD:
    http://amzn.to/1nPPyvs (Amazon USA),
    http://amzn.to/1VR0vYf (Amazon UK),
    http://amzn.to/1VR0Mu5 (Amazon Deutschland),
    http://amzn.to/1VR130a (Amazon España),
    http://amzn.to/1VR1dVn (Amazon France) and
    http://amzn.to/1PWVuiA (Amazon Italia)

  2. Jhon Medrano
    May 23, 2017 - 12:34 am

    nuevo suscriptor interesante las ssd

  3. Eyas Alhamwi
    May 23, 2017 - 12:55 am

    thanks for it
    But I Have a question SSDs come with 7.0 mm thickness and laptops are 9.5 mm especially the old ones
    does putting the metal caddy like the one in the video solves the problem or should I put a spacer or adapter to solve the issue.

  4. backflipp99
    May 23, 2017 - 1:10 am

    thanks man you changed my mind about this product

  5. The Zombie Block
    May 23, 2017 - 1:23 am

    Samsung Evo SSD on a Samsung Notebook.

  6. Cruise
    May 23, 2017 - 2:11 am

    is going from hdd to ssd on a 32bit laptop with 4gb ram worth it?

  7. dog mile
    May 23, 2017 - 2:14 am

    Hi Geek, do you think it would be possible to mount an sad 850 evo with mac OS X already installed on a non-mac laptop? Would it work?

  8. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
    May 23, 2017 - 3:04 am

    If you enable RAPID mode on the Samsung software the speed goes from 540MB/s to 2000+.

  9. ForViewingOnly
    May 23, 2017 - 4:02 am

    Hi, could you tell me what happens at 2:14 when you say "on the first boot the system detects and adjusts for a new drive"? Is everything taken care of by the system, or do I need to do anything myself? I'm running Windows 7. Thanks.

  10. Rold Anos
    May 23, 2017 - 4:59 am

    great video! how much will cost me of replacing an hdd to ssd (samsung evo) for my Samsung ultrabook 5series..thanks!

  11. Arun Shankar
    May 23, 2017 - 5:35 am

    isn't 850 EVO a bit over kill, I have seen it run faster than 540 MBPS, but your laptop maxes out at 240 MBPS.

  12. Boris Osuský
    May 23, 2017 - 6:05 am


  13. Mark P
    May 23, 2017 - 6:26 am

    Thank you very much!

  14. DankSnowman
    May 23, 2017 - 7:21 am

    I have an important question, my laptop is 0.52” thin, will I be able to upgrade it?

  15. Interesting Things
    May 23, 2017 - 8:10 am

    how do you power it up?

  16. YtPoopBR101
    May 23, 2017 - 9:02 am

    muito obrigado, esse vídeo caiu na melhor hora, vou para a Itália no meio do ano e vou trazer um ssd comigo. aqui no Brasil ainda ta muito caro e só comprei um de baixa capacidade por extrema urgencia

    May 23, 2017 - 9:13 am

    I have one macbook and dell laptop which have 2 HHD

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