Changing the hard disk to an SSD

Change Hard Disk to SSD HP Pavilion 15-p203ns at Repair Computers Madrid

Replacing your laptop hard drive with an SSD: A complete step-by-step guide

Changing the hard disk in a laptop is a common task for improve its performance. In this article, we explain how to replace your old hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) for greater speed, energy efficiency and resistance to shock and vibration.

In addition, we detail the symptoms that indicate the need to replace your hard drive and provide information on how to clone your old hard drive to the new one or choose the right size drive.

Advantages of changing the hard disk to an SSD

Changing a laptop hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD) has many advantages. First of all, the system speed is significantly improved. The speed of booting, opening programs and transferring files is much faster compared to magnetic mechanical hard disks (HDD).

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Faster and more energy efficient

Some users may think that the switch to an SSD hard disk will only improve system performance, but it will also increase the energy efficiency of the notebook. Mechanical hard drives (HDDs) take longer to access data and consume more power in the process, while SSDs have no moving parts and access data faster, significantly reducing power consumption. This not only increases battery life, but also keeps the laptop cooler.

Increased durability and strength

In addition to speed and efficiency, changing the hard disk to an SSD also provides greater durability and strength. Mechanical hard drives have moving parts, making them susceptible to damage from shock and vibration. An SSD has no moving parts and is hermetically sealed, making it more resistant to shock and vibration and less prone to mechanical failure.

When is it necessary to replace the hard disk in a laptop?

The hard disk of a laptop is one of the most important components of the device. It is the place where all the files, the operating system and programs of the computer are stored. Over time, hard drives can begin to exhibit problems that can lead to serious failures.

This section describes some of the most common symptoms that can indicate the presence of need to change the hard disk. In addition, the differences between mechanical hard disks (HDD) and solid state hard disks (SSD) are also explained to help the user make an informed decision when choosing a replacement for their laptop.

Symptoms of a defective hard disk

  • Strange noise: One of the most common symptoms of a hard disk failure is the emission of strange noises, such as clicking or grinding noises. These noises may indicate that the read/write head of the disk is failing and that the disk is about to fail.
  • System errors: Another symptom of a problem with the hard disk is the occurrence of errors when starting the operating system or when running programs. The error messages can be varied, but in general, they refer to the inability of the system to find or access essential files.
  • Crashes and blue screens: a hard disk failure can also lead to crashes and blue screens of death (BSOD) which indicate that the system has suddenly stopped working. These errors are usually caused by problems in the paging file, which is located on the hard disk.
  • Inability to access files: Finally, a defective hard disk may also prevent access to certain files or folders. In some cases, these files may be corrupt or damaged, which may be indicative of a disk problem.

Differences between mechanical hard disks (HDD) and solid state hard disks (SSD)

Mechanical hard disks (HDD) are traditional hard disks that use a system of heads to read and write data on a magnetic surface. Solid state hard drives (SSDs), on the other hand, have no moving parts and use flash memory chips to store data.

Among the most important differences between HDD and SSD are the following:

  • Speed: Mechanical hard disks (HDD) are slower than solid state hard disks (SSD). With no moving parts, SSDs offer much faster read and write speeds, which can significantly improve overall laptop performance.
  • Energy consumption: Mechanical hard disks (HDD) consume more power than solid state hard disks (SSD). This means that a laptop equipped with an SSD will have a longer battery life and lower power consumption.
  • Durability and resistance: Mechanical hard disks (HDD) have moving parts that are susceptible to shock and vibration, which can lead to failure. On the other hand, solid-state hard drives (SSDs) have no moving parts, making them more resistant to shock and vibration.
  • Storage capacity: In general, mechanical hard disks (HDDs) offer a higher storage capacity than solid state hard disks (SSDs), but SSDs are available in increasingly larger sizes. In addition, SSDs are better suited for storing and accessing frequently used data, while HDDs are better for storing large and infrequently used files.

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Hard disk replacement process

The process of changing the hard drive in an HP Pavilion 15-p203ns laptop is a task that may seem complicated, but by following the right steps it can be done without any problems. Below are the steps for removing the old hard drive and mounting the new drive or SSD in the laptop or computer case, including placement in the metal case, screwing and careful insertion into the laptop's SATA port.

Locating and accessing the hard disk in the laptop

The first thing to do is to locate the old hard disk in the HP Pavilion 15-p203ns notebook. This is usually located at the bottom of the laptop, in a tray or in a separate compartment, which can be easily removed with a screwdriver. It is important to note that every laptop is different, so it is necessary to verify the location of the hard drive before continuing with the process.

Removing the old hard disk and installing the new one

Once the old hard drive is located, it must be carefully removed using a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold it to the laptop case. The laptop case may also require the removal of some screws. After removing the old hard drive, the metal enclosure must be removed and placed in the new drive or SSD.

It is important to make sure to align the holes in the metal enclosure with the holes in the drive or SSD before screwing them in. The same type of screws that were removed from the old hard drive should be used to attach the metal enclosure to the new drive or SSD.

Installing the operating system on the new hard drive or SSD

Once the new disk or SSD has been installed in the notebook enclosure, it is necessary to install the operating system in it. For this purpose, an installation CD or a USB stick with the operating system can be used. It is important to make sure that the configuration of the operating system fits the user's needs. In addition, it is recommended to make a backup of important files before the installation process.

Cloning of the old hard disk onto the new disk or SSD

Cloning the old hard disk to the new disk or SSD is an important task in the replacement process, as it allows you to transfer all the files and programs installed on the old hard disk to the new disk or SSD without having to reinstall everything again.

Use of AOMEI Backupper Standard software for cloning

The programme AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free tool that can be used to clone the old hard disk to the new disk or SSD. Once downloaded and installed, the program has a very friendly user interface and allows the creation of an exact copy of the old hard drive in no time.

The cloning process is simple and consists of the following steps:

  • Connect the new disk or SSD to the notebook using a USB or SATA cable, depending on the notebook connection.
  • Open AOMEI Backupper Standard and go to the 'Clone' option on the main screen.
  • Choose the 'Clone Disk' option, select the old hard disk as the source and the new disk or SSD as the destination.
  • Choose the 'Clone entire disk' option instead of 'Clone only necessary partitions' to ensure that all files and programs are copied.
  • Review the settings and click 'Start clone' to start the copying process.


AOMEI Backupper Standard

SSD alignment in case of installing a solid state drive

It is important to consider SSD alignment when cloning an old hard drive to a new solid state drive (SSD), as this can affect the performance and durability of the drive. Some cloning programs do not automatically adjust the SSD alignment when copying from a mechanical hard drive to an SSD.

To properly align the SSD disk, the SSD alignment option must be selected in the AOMEI Backupper Standard program during the cloning process. Doing so ensures that the SSD sectors are properly aligned to improve performance and extend the life of the SSD.

Being mindful of SSD alignment and using tools such as AOMEI Backupper Standard to properly clone the old hard drive is critical to ensure that the new drive or SSD works properly and you get the most out of your laptop.

Choosing the right size and speed of the unit

Once it has been decided changing the hard disk If you are looking for a solid state drive (SSD), it is important to choose the right size and speed of the drive.

The first thing to do is to check the available space on your laptop or computer and choose a hard drive size that fits your storage needs. It is important to remember that solid state hard drives are more expensive per gigabyte than mechanical hard drives, so consider the storage space needed before making a purchase.

Drive speed is also an important factor to consider when choosing a solid state hard drive. Although SSDs are faster than mechanical hard drives, there are different speeds within the solid state hard drive category, and the choice will depend on the specific needs of each user.

In general, faster SSDs offer faster read/write speeds, which can result in a better user experience when opening and closing applications or files. However, it is important to note that faster hard drives also tend to be more expensive.

Repair service for hard disk replacement

While changing a laptop hard disk to a solid state drive (SSD) can significantly improve system performance, it is sometimes a complicated and risky process that requires specific technical knowledge. Therefore, if you are not sure how to make the change, or if you encounter difficulties during the process, it is always advisable to use a professional repair service.

In this respect, we offer a technical service specialising in hard disk replacement for laptops and computers. Our company has highly trained technicians who can assess your equipment and provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate. If you choose to use our service, you are assured of a fast and safe repair.

In addition, we offer a repair guarantee for all our services, which means that if you are not satisfied with our repair, we will offer you an overhaul at no additional cost.

As for the repair service, it is carried out following the same steps that would be done at home but with the guarantees of a technical service. In other words, the old hard disk will be located and removed from the laptop and the new disk or SSD will be installed in its place. Then, the laptop will be switched on to install the operating system on the new hard disk or SSD and everything will be checked to make sure it is working correctly.

To request our technical service, simply contact us and we will provide you with all the information you need to start the repair process. Our goal is to provide you with a fast, safe and cost-effective solution to improve the performance of your laptop or computer.

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