Want to upgrade your laptop to a bigger or faster hard disk drive?

Hard disk drives with SSD's and old style Spinners

Do you need more space on your laptop or perhaps you are using a slow old traditional “spinning” or “spinney” disk and are looking to upgrade to an SSD “Solid State Drive” ie no moving parts for that speed injection. Either way follow these steps to get the job done.

First check out your currently installed disk type and size. In order to do this we need to run a system tool to show us the correct information called msinfo32:

  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type “msinfo32” and press Enter to open the System Information tool.
  • In the left pane, expand the tree to Components > Storage > Disks.
  • Look for your hard drive in the right pane. The information displayed should include the drive type, indicating whether it is M.2, SSD 2.5 or HDD 2.5 and also the size eg 756GB.

If you have a 2.5 inch drive installed then order up a new 2.5 inch SSD that is equal or bigger than your current one and same thing if you have an M.2 although you wont find much difference in speed across M.2 drives so the only benefit is going to come from installing a bigger drive.

When you have received the new hard drive it’s time to install it into a hard drive caddy and plug the USB lead of the caddy into the laptop. We are going to clone your current hard drive onto the new hard drive in the caddy.

Disk caddy with SSD disk inserted
Disk caddy with SSD disk inserted

To do the hard drive clone we are going to use Macrium Reflect Free edition. Download and install Macrium Reflect Free (We are not affiliated with Macrium, Major Geeks or Techspot and they are not sponsoring this article). There are a few sites with download links one being Major Geeks Macrium Reflect Free download or Techspot Macrium Reflect Free download.

Before you do the hard drive clone it is advisable to make sure you have a backup of your data just in case something does go horribly wrong.

Run Macrium Reflect Free. Click on the source drive to clone and click the “Clone Disk” option.

Select disk and clone option.
Select disk and clone option.

Then select the disk to clone to (target disk) ie the new disk you have just plugged into the USB slot.

Click disk to clone to (target disk)
Click disk to clone to (target disk)

Then click next to go past the schedule options and then continue and accept the warnings about overwriting the source disk. Finally check the box that double checks you want to overwrite the source disk when you are happy that you have the right disks selected (source and target) and press finish.

The clone will take a while but once finished you should have a mirror image copy of your hard drive that you can replace your existing drive with.

For my laptop it was just a case of unscrewing the disk housing and pulling out the old disk and inserting the new one.

If you require assistance with upgrading your laptop, we provide a service specifically tailored to meet your needs. Our team is here to help, and we would be more than happy to assist you with the hard drive upgrade.

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