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Concerns about replacing HDD on Laptop

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Hello everyone,

I am thinking about buying a laptop and replacing the HDD with a SSD. I have some questions about the process.

Laptop I chose: Acer Aspire AS5750G-6496 (From Newegg)
Didn't choose a SSD yet but thinking about between 80GB - 120GB.

First of all, would I be able to replace the HDD with SSD?
The HDD interface = SATA but most SSD interface = SATAII. Is that a problem?
I am guessing most laptop HDD is 2.5" so I shouldn't have any problem replacing it with a 2.5" SSD.

Please let me know if you think there might be any problem doing the replacement.

Thank You,

Z52
 

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Same thing. SATAII is just faster. What chipset does to laptop have? That will tell you what it can support, and if SATAII will be fully ustilized.
 
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Yes you can do it with not problems =) , doesn't matter if your Laptop is SATA and the SSD is SATA II , like t_ski said , SATA II is faster , but nothing alse .

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Thank you both. Now I can relax :)
 
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No problem mate ;)
 
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Go ahead feel the speed.
 

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only thing I can see as a potential issue s that if you plan to clone the factory OS, you will need a desktop to do so, or a dock of some sort. Other than that, if you have a copy of windows handy already, as they said, enjoy;)
 

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I only run into one minor issue. The factory HDD had a plastic holding it in place but the SSD did not fit perfectly. The SSD goes in the place but I can't screw the back cover. I am thinking about breaking the plastic but did not decide yet.

I was able to clone the factory OS from my HDD to my SSD without any problem. I saved an image to an external and restored it on the SSD.
 

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Post up pics if you can. I know a lot of manufacturers use some kind of carriage to hold the drive, then the whole assembly goes into the drive bay.
 

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The SSD is in place perfectly, but the screw holes are blocked.
 
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Are you positive it's seated all the way? I've seen a few that were tricky. If it doesn't line up, something is out of spec, and it's probably the SSD (which would worry me).
 
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maybe the SSD is a bit more big that the standard HDD that your laptop had ... try pushing a little more the SSD and see what happens , it has to fit!! also check the sata connections and see if everything its ok
 

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Everything works fine. The two little plastic is blocking the SSDs to go all the way, but it works fine. I can close the back cover of the laptop but just can't screw it in. I think I'll just break the two black plastics to be safe.
 
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Post back if everything goes ok ;)

Cheers,