Slow laptop, poor performance, uploading files taking forever?, boot-up time seems like hours? Before you think of getting a shiny new one, there’s lots of options you can do to give your current machine a speed boost. You can get a nice performance boost from tinkering with start-up programs or de-fragmenting (partitioning) the hard disk, but there’s even more gains to be realized if you stop being technophobic by personally dissecting your computer specs.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
We have all experienced this, you buy a brand new laptop or probably a good second hand with everything performing well but as time goes on the processing speed becomes poorer. The joy of operating a computer is found in its processing speed and the shortest amount of time you take to access your files. So here are the best tips of improving our laptop’s processing speed and performance.
Upgrade Your RAM
If you want a little more performance for multi-tasking, but don’t want to shell out on an SSD then a cheaper option is to start looking at some RAM upgrades. Latest laptops come with two RAM slots, giving you that extra option to improve your machine’s performance by adding more volatile memory.
If you’re running on a system with under 2GB of RAM, sticking an extra few gigabytes in won’t cost you too much and can make all the difference. Combine a RAM upgrade with an SSD, and it’s safe to say that your old PC or laptop won’t feel quite so old anymore.
The current RAM cards range from 1GB, 2GB, 4GB to 8GB. With two RAM slots available on your laptop, you pair two RAMs to give you a combined output of as big as 16Gig volatile memory which undoubtedly will boost your laptop performance to as good as new.
Switch to SSD
One of the best ways to rejuvenate a laptop or PC is to install an SSD. We’ve installed modern SSDs on everything from old Lenovo ThinkPad laptops to dusty old AMD desktop PCs, and the results are always worthwhile – boot times are a fraction of previously, and even the most frugal of processors feels more sprightly with an SSD working alongside.
Because there are no moving parts in SSDs, the read/write speeds are far superior to older optical (spinning disk) hard drives. Buying one won’t break the bank, but you might have to compromise a little on storage space, as SSDs still cost more per GB than mechanical hard disks.
Before you worry about finding your old Windows disks – don’t. It’s easy enough to clone your old disk and existing Windows installation onto your new SSD. Download a free program such as EaseUS Todo Backup Free 8.9, and cloning your old HDD onto a speedy new SSD is a fairly simple affair.
And even if you can’t replace your HDD easily, don’t abandon hope – it’s often possible to clone your operating system to an SSD connected via a USB 3 (or Thunderbolt) adapter. We’ve had great results moving an iMac’s OS from the difficult-to-replace internal HDD and onto an SSD with a USB 3 adapter.
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