Some ugliness installing an after-market SSD

Fred Langa

Ever look inside a solid-state drive? Neither had I — until I bought one and had to disassemble it to make it fit into my notebook.

This story ultimately has a happy ending, but unexpected trouble along the way made the process far more difficult than it needed to be.

First, let me say up front: I love my new solid-state drive. That sucker is fast!

I can click on a large application such as Microsoft Word, and it pops open almost instantly. My favorite image-processing software, GIMP, used to take whole minutes to load; now it takes just seconds. My PC starts up and shuts down much faster. Data-saves happen in an eyeblink. It’s great!

I got the SSD to augment the performance of a brand-new, 64-bit notebook. Equipped with a traditional, spinning-platter hard drive, the new system was reasonably zippy right out of the box. But I wanted to see what an SSD could do to unlock the full potential of the new hardware.

And man — unlock it, it did. Running benchmark tests on both the new SSD and the stock drive, I found the SSD on average three times faster writing data and twice as fast reading. That was for long, sustained operations; peak performance was even better.

The SSD even pegged Windows’ built-in, disk-drive Experience Index, posting a perfect 7.9. (The scale doesn’t go any higher; Microsoft explanation.)

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About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.