In this step-by-step guide, learn how to replace your laptop HDD with SSD. Upgrading to SSD may improve your laptop performance.

Many of you might be having an older laptop which is still in use. Sometimes older machines works quite good and this is reason some of us may still prefer to use them. However older machines may require replacement of some parts at different intervals. In some cases, you might also plan to upgrade their part to ensure better performance. Upgrading the older hard disk drive (HDD) with modern solid-state drive (SSD) is one of the common upgrade approach. In this article, we’ll see how to replace your laptop HDD with SSD.

See, HDDs are now being replaced with modern replacement i.e. SSDs. Facts shows that SSDs are much faster than HDDs because of no moving parts. While on the other hand, HDDs have mechanical parts and they’re slow to read and write. You can use the web to find tons of reasons for why SSD is better than HDD. Replacing HDD with SSD on a laptop is quite simple process which is shown step-by-step below. HDD and SSD on laptop can be fit on same metal cradle and there is no deep hardware knowledge require to replace them.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

1. First of all shut down your laptop. Then in the back side, you should see the Drive Guard with its icon or text mentioned. You can use small head screw driver to remove Drive Guard and pull its cover.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

2. Next, you need to remove the metal cradle screw gently as shown in below screenshot.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

3. When you remove out metal cradle screw, slide and pull the metal cradle which contains your HDD.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

4. Now with metal cradle, HDD is fitted with four screws along its edges. You need to carefully remove these four screws.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

5. After removing those 4 screws, you can slide and pull HDD out of metal cradle.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

6. Now slide in your new SSD and tighten the four screws carefully.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

7. Then attach the metal cradle carefully so that it gets fitted in the drive socket and then tighten the metal cradle screw.

How To Replace Your Laptop HDD With SSD

8. Finally, close the Drive Guard with its screw and this completes the SSD replacement with HDD.

9. As the SSD is barren drive, you need to use a bootable USB drive to make clean install of Windows 10 on it.

That’s it!

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