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Good for the price. Change to SSD for improved performance
on August 22, 2012
No matter what the CPU speed is the bottleneck with most laptops is the slow hard drive, but here is how you can make it faster by switching to SSD:
First I used a 20 dollar software called "Paragon Migrate OS to SSD" to move Windows 7 from the hard drive to a Crucial 128GB SSD.
Then I followed DELL's very clear disassembly instructions on the web, took apart the laptop and swap out the slow 5400 rpm hard drive and put in the 128GB SSD.
Memory is cheap nowadays, so I also double the memory to 8 GB (4GB x 2).
Now I have a laptop with 128GB SSD and 8GB of memory. Buying a similar computer from DELL would have cost me about 1000 dollar.
DIY upgrade saved me a lot of money and turned this slow computer into a speedy machine.
I plan to use the leftover hard drive as an external backup, the leftover memory chips I will sell on ebay. Nothing is wasted.