How to Install SSD as a Boot Disk

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How to Install SSD as a Boot Disk
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Solid state drives (SSDs) have become increasingly affordable, so it's understandable that you may want to start upgrading your computer to the faster technology that solid state drives offer. Solid state drives operate in the same way as flash drives and contain no moving parts, which makes them more reliable, faster and more power efficient. Once you've got your new drive and installed the operating system of your choice to it, you still have to make sure that the computer uses that drive to boot into when you power on the computer. A few quick, easy steps will make it possible for you to use your new SSD as your main operating system drive.

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Things you need

  • Solid state drive
  • Operating system to install
  • Tools for installing a new drive

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    Install Solid State Drive in Computer

  1. 1

    Open the case of the computer and locate an empty drive bay. Most cases open when you remove one or more screws from the back of the case. When you remove these screws, the case should either slide off or swing open to expose the technology inside.

  2. 2

    Install the SSD in an empty drive bay and connect the power and data cables. The drive should come with a power and data cable. The power cable connects to a power supply connector, while the data cable connects to the motherboard. The motherboard hard drive connections are usually labelled. Don't forget to screw in the drive securely with the plate and screws that comes with the drive.

  3. 3

    Close the computer case and power on the computer.

    Install the Operating System and Change the Boot Sequence

  1. 1

    Insert the operating system disc into your optical drive and begin installing the operating system on the solid state drive. Follow the steps provided on-screen to install the operating system.

  2. 2

    Shut down the computer when the operating system has successfully installed on the solid state drive.

  3. 3

    Find the "Boot" section of the menu in the BIOS set-up menu. You must use the arrow keys to navigate the menu.

  4. 4

    Find an option similar to "Boot Device Priority," "HDD" or "Hard Drive" and press "Enter." In the list of devices, select the first device and press "Enter." Select the solid state drive and press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS menu. Your computer will boot into the operating system installed on the solid state drive.

Tips and warnings

  • BIOS menus are slightly different across computers. The boot priority option is always present, it just might be named something different than in this guide.
  • Be careful not to make any unnecessary changes in the BIOS, since this could harm your machine.

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