Samsung 860 EVO SSD

I have an old Sony Vaio Laptop that I never use it anymore. It runs so slowly that I just stopped using it. I figured I’d try an experiment and install a Solid State Drive to replace the spinning hard drive. I’ve heard great things about this upgrade and was hoping for some improvement.

In the Box
Samsung 860 EVO SSD, Product materials

Initial Impression
The drive is compact and light. After watching YouTube videos about installing an SSD, I knew what I was in store for. First thing was to download Macrium Reflect for free so I could clone the existing hard drive to the new SSD. After initializing the drive in the Disk Management Windows setup, it was time to let Macrium Reflect do the rest. All I had to do was copy the partitions to the new drive (drag and drop) and pretty much push the button to start the process. It doesn’t get easier than that. One hour later, it was done.

Let’s Try This out.
After viewing more YouTube videos about how to actually install the new drive on the laptop, I began the task of opening up the screws on the back and removing the existing drive and putting in the new SSD drive. That was a very simple process. Now it was time to boot up. I’ve heard some people had issues on boot up. They had to go into the setup and change the boot order to the new drive. Mine worked perfectly the first time and every time since. I timed my boot process before and after. With the existing drive, Windows loaded up in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Chrome launched in 1 minute. After install, the computer booted up in under 30 seconds and Chrome was 10 seconds. Are you serious bro? I should have done this years ago.

Negatives
No Negatives at this time. The drive is working great. The laptop is faster than ever.

Conclusion
If your computer has slowed down over time, give this install a try. It’s the best upgrade you can make for under $100. I’m very happy with this device and the results. Weeks later, my laptop is still running lightning fast and better than it was out of the box.

 5 out of 5 stars

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