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Re: How to increase my laptop speed

Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:55 pm

Replace the HDD with a SSD.
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Re: How to increase my laptop speed

Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:57 pm

What he said, SSD

Crucial MX500 with 500GB should be good but check first.

also if it is on windows 10 a fresh format and install, just need a usb key 8GB or larger and follow the instructions for "create windows 10 installation media" ... /windows10
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Re: How to increase my laptop speed

Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:34 pm

I agree with the recommendation of a Crucial MX500.

However, if you want to keep the same amount of HDD space, make it a 1 TB.

Also, you can use Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect to make a perfect clone of your current hard drive to the new SSD, so that you don't have to reinstall Windows. If you go that route, then buy a USB SATA enclosure, like this: ... WI06GSC9E3

Put the new SSD into the enclosure, attach it to your laptop's USB port, and use Acronis or Macrium to clone your hard drive to the SSD. Then you can open up the laptop, replace the hard drive with the SSD, and you should be able to boot into Windows without reinstalling anything.
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Re: How to increase my laptop speed

Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:35 pm

Slow how?

A modern (I assume) i3 should be decent. An HDD-based computer shouldn't be "very slow" under normal circumstances.
Maybe some unwanted software running in the background, or a virus?
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Re: How to increase my laptop speed

Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:23 pm

My ultrabook is starting to feel slow, too. Mostly, it's because the 2-core/4-thread Ivy Bridge Core i7-3517U processor that was the cat's meow when I bought my Zenbook UX32VD in July of 2012 doesn't have enough cores to handle some of my 2019 software usage (e.g.: Windows, Kaspersky and GeForce Experience all wanting to update and scan at startup). Current generation U-series processors have twice as many cores and can run at 50% faster clock speeds. Modern games play poorly on the GeForce GT620M. I replaced the original hard-drive with a 1.0 TB SSD and upgraded the memory to its maximum of 10 GiB of PC3-12800 years ago. There's not much else that you can upgrade on an ultrabook. Having kept it this long, I am now holding out for Ice Lake.
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