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How To Upgrade Your Hard Drive On Your Desktop/Laptop

If you brought a PC/laptop and have used it overtime, it can quickly fill up all those space. Especially if you are a music, movie and a gaming junkie. It is time for you to consider upgrading your hard drive for more storage.

Most of the hard drives that comes with your laptop will most likely be under a TB, by upgrading your hard drive, this will give a better performance if your choose SSD over a regular hard drive.

Of course SSD can be costing if you are planning on getting the 1TB version. Meanwhile you can get the regular 1TB hard drive for under a $100 or get a lower SSD storage for just under $200.

To upgrade your hard drive, you will need to know how to pull your laptop or your desktop apart and also getting the right equipment for upgrading your hard drive.


1. Locate Your Hard Drive

Laptop Hard Drive

Laptop Hard Drive

When pulling your laptop apart, make sure all screws on the sides are unscrewed and simply take of the back cover of your laptop and locate your hard drive which are held by screws. Most of the laptops will be easy as unscrewing the hard drive bay and you can just take the hard drive out that way.

On a desktop, you will need to pull out the case apart and find the hard drive located in the hard drive bay. You will only require to unscrew a few screw that are holding the hard drive secure.


2. Getting The Right Equipment

Before you upgrade your hard drive is important to know what type of hard drive you have and what equipment suits your hard drive. You will need this step in order for your hard drive to be read on a PC.

Sata vs IDE

Top: SATA Bottom: IDE

You can get a Vantec SATA/IDE To USB adapter for $28.00 or Orical Sata Hard Drive Docking Station for $63.00.

Next, you will have to spare a PC to do the upgrade. if you are upgrading your desktop’s hard drive, you can do the upgrade process from your laptop and vise versa.


3. Transferring Data

The easiest way to go about upgrading your current hard drive is by cloning it. This will save you time of having to set up and re-install everything. But if you new hard drive has lower storage space than your current hard drive, it may not be enough space to clone everything.


If you do end up cloning your hard drive, you can use a free hard drive cloning tool like AOMEI Backupper.

Simply plug in your old hard drive with the adapter mentioned above to one of your USB port, and the new hard drive to another port.

After both of your hard drive are plugged into your PC make sure both are readable by your PC. To do that open up My Comoputer (My PC /This PC if you’re using later Windows), and check to make sure both of your drives are listed and able to get in.

Then you open up AOMEI Backupper then go to the clone tab and click on disk clone.


Before continue to the next step, make sure you are not selecting the wrong disk. The drive latter and the label clearly gives away the hint.

Now you select your source disk which is your old drive and then click next to select your destination disk which most likely to be empty.

With both source & destination disk selected, you will see a small summery of the process. If you need to to some minor adjustments, you can edit the partitions from the destination disk.

Once you are happy with it, click next and wait for the cloning process to finish. Depends on how big your drive is and the speed of the drive, it will take some time to finish the task.

4. Finishing Off

When everything is done, is time to test your your brand new drive. Simply put your hard drive back to it’s place and boot up the machine. You will most likely won’t notice any changes and your PC should run like before with more storage and speed improvements.


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Kenny Chu

Kenny Chu is the main editor for the site which happens to be a owner and calls this site his own personal blog. Love tech and gaming and is here to report news about it.

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