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Old 09-22-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Disagree UsAll.

The reason your SSD seemed so much better your new laptop was for one reason only: the processor. Period.
It wasn't the RAM. It wasn't a different interface.
To suggest 16GB is the minimum that most people should run is wrong. Many people can get by easily with 4GB. 8 GB is more then enough for almost all users. Only gamers need 16GB. Very few more than 16, today. Not even gamers. The only people that need more then that are doing CGI animation.
Off topic: a 5th - 7th gen i3 is even fine for many people. The i3 (newer gens at least) is still a capable dual core processor for a lot of people. I generally recommend an i5 minimum but at least 2 3rds of my work PC's are i3's with SSD's and they scream.

You are correct with different connectors, of course, but upgrading to either from a spinner is going to make a significant difference and not really worth mentioning here because OP surely doesn't have the option for an M2.

OP has a 4th gen processor with 12GB of RAM. Processor is getting old but still an i7 so bottom line: you'll see a difference. No question.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:34 PM
 
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^ Well written and I agree. See how easy I got off? Heh heh.
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Installing Linux also boosts the performance of aging laptops.
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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My computer guy is scheduled to install an SSD later this week.

Of course, just to make life easy, my laptop wouldn't charge today. Dead battery, I wonder?
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Take the battery out. Unplug it. Press the power button 10 times quickly. Replace battery. Connect power. Result?
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Old 09-24-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Take the battery out. Unplug it. Press the power button 10 times quickly. Replace battery. Connect power. Result?
Nada...but thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I had a problem when I duplicated a hard drive to a SSD. I had to use a usb drive with a Windows 10 install to fix the booting. Only took a few minutes to fix it.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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My "computer guy" picked mine up today. Will be back within 72 hours. Hoping for the best.
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:48 PM
 
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Yep. I don't see a difference except I'm told absolutely don't defragment it. And if anything, it seems to run slower then before but that could be some bad memory since I did that upgrade at the same time and the guy - my kid - bought double the ram from some ebay company which I'm not totally convinced isn't the cause of the computer running slower.
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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My laptop just got delivered back from the technician. Dayam! It boots up completely in about ten seconds.
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