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How to Replace the Acer Aspire One SSD With CF

Updated February 21, 2017

The Acer Aspire One is a low priced ultra-portable laptop on the retail market as of November 2010. One of the drawbacks about the laptop is the solid state (SSD) drive is slow. One way to boost the hard drive performance in the Aspire One is to replace the SSD drive with compact flash memory. You can boost read speed by two times and write speed nearly four times that of the stock SSD.

Shut down the computer and slide the battery release button to the side and take out the battery. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the eight screws on the underside of the computer with the screwdriver. Use the screw driver to pull the levers underneath the "F8" key, the "Pause Break" key and the "F2" key. Pull the keyboard up and lift it off.

Insert the CF card into the adaptor. Cut the Zif CF adaptor at the base of the compact flash card straight across with the scissors, getting as close as possible to the flash card. Cut a square off the upper corner above the adaptor ribbon. Alternatively, you can use the Addonics or Digital Intelligence CF adaptors (see Resource). They work the same way.

Disconnect the SSD from the motherboard by pulling the SSD ribbon out and pulling gently on the drive.

Plug the Zif or other CF adaptor ribbon into the same port from which you disconnected the SSD and push the adaptor into place where the SSD was.

Push the keyboard back into place. Screw the eight laptop screws back into their original holes. Your Aspire One now has a CF hard drive, boosting the read/write performance.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • CF adaptor
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Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.