When installed on an SSD, Windows not only loads and closes faster, but applications load faster, and the overall computer feels more responsive. Here is how to install an SSD on your PC

Almost all PC cases have internal bays to add extra hard drives, which are 3.5 inches wide. SSDs tend to be 2.5 wide, however, so it is likely that you will need a mounting bracket to fit one on your computer. Generally, ssd’s have Serial ATA (SATA) data connectors, three of which are versions (1, 2, or 3), which can transfer data to 1.5 Gbps, 3Gbps, or 6Gbps, respectively. The Kingston Hyper X 3 K is able to read and write data in 500MBps through a SATA three port.

It does not matter much if your computer does not support SATA 3. SSD are backwards compatible, and the raw transfer rate is not the only reason for better SSD performance. More important is its very low latency on the conventional hard disks, as it takes considerably less time to access the data from the NAND flash memory of an SSD than for the mechanical branch of a hard disk to move in position.

There are, however, some drawbacks that need to be taken into account. SSD costs more, per GB of storage, than conventional hard drives. In addition, its capacities are distributed around 512, which is far below the current maximum 4 for hard drives.

It makes sense to use Windows and its applications on the SSD, which will take advantage of the upgraded load times, and large media collections on a separate hard drive. We will explain how to configure the BIOS and the windows accordingly.

For this guide, we are using a desktop PC with an ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard and a fractal design defines the R3 case, which has internal space for SSD, but our advice applies to any desktop computer.

You create a new copy of Windows (we will do it here) or transfer your current operating system.

Steps to install an SSD into your computer

  • Step 1. Rotate and remove the sides of the case from your computer. Some have vowels that hold the sides in place, which must be pushed outdoors. Ensure that you have clear access to the SATA ports on the motherboard and the hard drive bays.
  • Step 2. Place the SSD in the mounting bracket or in a removable bay, align with the holes below and then screw. Place the mounting bracket on a 3.5-inch spare hard drive Bay and secure it with the side holes.
  • Step 3. Connect the L-shaped end of a SATA cable to the SSD, and the other end to a spare SATA port (the 6Gbps SATA ports are blue). Connect a SATA power cable to the SSD unit. For a cool Windows installation, connect all other hard disks in your PC.
  • Step 4. Place a USB stick or DVD ready with Windows 10 (see how to make one) and put the PC. Press F12 or whatever the key to see the start menu and select the USB or DVD (see more on how to boot from a USB). Now follow the instructions to install Windows 10 on the SSD. When the installation is complete, you replace other hard drives.

Of course all your old files and Windows installation are still on your old disk. You copy your documents, Videos, music and images through their respective folders in SSD, but it is best to leave most of your files on the hard drive to avoid the use of limited space on your SSD.

There are many ways to tell your new Windows installation that your documents and other files on another hard drive, but with Windows, the smartest method is to use your library function.

Create a folder on the hard drive (for example, E: / docs). Right-click the folder in the browser, navigate to the record in library option, and then choose the document library from the list. Then copy the documents from the My Documents folder to the new one. You do the same for movies, music and photos, keeping your files handy without staying on the SSD.

When it comes to Programs, it makes sense to install the ones that use the majority on the SSD to take advantage of the speed. When the space becomes too tight or you do not need the extra speed, install new Programs on your old hard drive that specifies where to store the files during the installation process. If you leave the settings in the default settings, the Programs will always be installed on the same drive as Windows.