Hi Leo. I’m thinking of buying a 120 GB Solid State drive to speed up my
machine. Have you tried them yet? And if you have, is it possible to restore a
disk image to that type of SSD from my latest disk image and obtain greater
speed of my PC? I have tried everything else, but my machine is so overloaded
that I’m thinking of buying one of these SSDs.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #63, I look at swapping out a hard drive for an SSD and whether
or not that will speed up the system.
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Reinstalling to SSD
So the short answer to the question you’re asking is, yes… usually. If
what you have in your backup image is smaller than the size of the SSD
you’re installing, you should be able to restore an image to the SSD – and more
or less have it work.
So, what that really means is:
You’ve taken a backup image of your hard drive (of your C: for example,
where Windows is installed);
You then move that drive;
And replace it with a Solid State Drive (that becomes the new
Then you perform a restore of your backup image on to that drive.
It should work, actually. It should work just fine.
Typically, when people are having problems with this, it’s because the Solid
State Drive is probably smaller than the original C. Then what you end up
having to do first before you take that backup image is move your data around
so that the C drive actually fits within whatever size of solid-state drive
you’re about to get.
Now, what I really want to point out is that if your machine is that
“overloaded” as you put it, I’m not convinced that a solid-state drive is going to
Yea, it’s gonna make some things faster. I mean that part’s easy. But,
depending on exactly how it’s overloaded, the solid state drive may actually
have little to no effect. If for example your CPU is in constant use… well, that
solid state drive is not going to do anything for that.
There are just so many different things that could be affecting your overall
machine’s performance that I would strongly suggest (strongly suggest!) that
before you go around swapping hardware and trying to make things faster by
installing a solid state drive, that you first take a look at exactly why your
machine is so overloaded, as you put it.
See, if you can’t solve some of those problems first, then having solved
those problems and gotten a faster machine as a result, you can then decide if
you want to take the additional step of installing an SSD and make the machine
a little faster on top of that.
A solid state drive is probably going to be most noticeable in terms of
speed improvements when you boot up your machine. The rest of the time so much
of what we do really isn’t that disk intensive.
So, like I said, we really need to focus in on exactly what is causing your
machine to be “overloaded” and see what we can do about that before we start
throwing hardware at the problem.