How to choose a SSD for your Asus and how to install it?
You use your Asus computer on a regular basis, whether it is for your work, for leisure or for both; but now it takes forever to start or it fails to respond at critical moments.
These slowdowns, rare at first, have become more common even causing system shutdowns and repeated untimely reboots. Seemingly conspiring to frustrate you and slow you down.
These symptoms clearly indicate that your hard drive is on its last leg, although there are several reasons that may have caused it to fail, you will need to change the hard drive if you want your PC to function smoothly. So now you would like to install a new Asus SSD to replace the old hard drive.
But how do you go about replacing your Asus hard drive? The Accessoires Asus team offers you its knowhow and advice so you can easily replace your hard drive with a new SSD.
What is a SSD and why is it better than a Hard Disk?
SSD (Solid State Drive) is a new type of disc which has been around for a few years, and unlike RAM, it retains your computers data even when the system is shut down. SSD are similar to USB keys or a memory card but with a different storage capacity. This flash drive will speed up your pc and allow it to start and work much faster.
SSD has many advantages over its predecessor: It uses flash memory to store data. It has a smaller shell and footprint, incredible transfer rate (starting at 420 MB / s), virtually silent (does not have mechanical/ moving parts decreasing the chance of failures), uses far less power and is impervious to knocks, and easy to install with increased data protection ... It is the newest and best ally for your pc!
The SDD disk can also be used as a secondary or alternate to your primary hard drive; hence, boosting the overall system of your PC. In addition, the SSD produces much less heat which in turn makes fewer demands on the fan.
Warning, to install an SSD, you need a PC that is sufficiently recent to have a SATA III
connector and runs Windows 7 or higher.
The different types of SSD
Several types of SSD with different types of connectors are available for desktop PCs or laptops, so it is important to take these into account when selecting the SSD to make sure it is compatible with your Asus.
Below are the different formats available on the market:
The 2.5 inch format:- This is the classic and most common format (similar to HDD in shape and size)
The MSATA card:Intended for very thin laptops or ultrabooks like ZenBook, it is similar in size to SD memory cards.
M.2 port:-Designed for laptops with a very high transfer rate, it has the same type of connectors as a motherboard.
The different SSD ports
SATA III:- More and more widespread, an average transfer rate of up to 600 MB / s, connects with the SATA port
- looks like an expansion card, average transfer rate 1800 MB / s, connects with the 4x or 8x PCI-Express port
Simply, you must choose your SSD according to its connectivity and more particularly to the configuration (shape and form) of the hard drive and its location. If your hard drive was plugged into SATA, you need to select a SATA SSD, etc. In general office PCs have a 2.5 inch or M.2 with SATA III interface; laptops are equipped with M.2 or 2.5 inch mSATA cards but use a PCI-Express interface.
How to choose the capacity (GB) of your SSD?
The question now is what capacity to choose to meet your needs. First, your new SSD must have at least the same capacity (GB) as your original hard drive; however, it may be best to kill two birds with one stone and increase - even slightly - your storage capacity.
Today the capacity of SSDs range from a minimum of 24 GB to a maximum of 4 TB, so you will need to select the amount that suits your needs. Our team has classified the amounts of SSD by intended use to help your determine how much you need.- 24GB SSD: Use Only for the installation and use of the operating system (start / stop and launch applications faster), this capacity cannot be used to store data.
- 120 GB SSD: Use for office purposes only, a minimum but sufficient.
- SSD 128 GB: Ideal for students and recreational uses (taking notes, saving docs, videos, music, photos, daily use), insufficient to install games.
- 256 GB SSD: for computers with heavy daily use with 2/3 of programs continually running, frequent use of software and for very large documents/files, ultra-responsive device.
- 512 GB SSD: Made for gamers, many latest generation games can be installed, ideal for extensive use, file storage, fast loading time and no glitches or buffering during games.
- SSD of 1 TB or more: Ideal for storing movies and for storage.
How to install a SSD in your Asus computer?
Before installing the SSD on your Asus PC you backup your data so that you do not lose any information and documents stored in the memory. To do this, you can connect to an external SSD (using a USB port with adapter) or using a box that can later be used to transform the old HDD into an external hard drive.
You can also purchase a migration kit that includes the SSD, an adapter, and a cloning program to transfer data from the HDD to the SSD. Otherwise free cloning programs exist and simply need to be pre-installed on your pc, like Macrium Reflect Free or HD Clone by Miray. Once installed, simply plug in the SDD and launch the software.
Here is the procedure to install the SSD once the transfer has been made:
In most cases, the hard drive is located on the back of your PC and can be accessed through a hatch.
In our example, the same principle applies but on the Asus X5DI laptop, used here, the cover is completely removable.
On the Asus X5DI, you will first need to remove the battery cover to allow access to the 5th screw of the back cover:
After removing the 5 screws from the cover, we can remove it and access the components of the Asus Laptop:
Note the hard drive is located on the top left. Just remove the 4 screws that hold the hard drive.
After removing them, simply pull the hard drive to the left to unplug it from the SATA connector:
The hard disk is held in the rack by 4 screws, you need to remove these 4 screws and remove the hard disk from the rack:
The hard drive once it has been removed from the rack:
Then you have to screw the SSD onto the rack:
And retrace your steps to reassemble everything
Turn off the PC and unplug it from any power source while removing the battery.
You can also choose an external SSD (120 GB to 2 TB), often equipped with a built-in 8 hour battery, which can serve as an external hard drive to store photos, videos and heavy documents and saving you the trouble of installing.