After months of talking about it, I finally purchased and installed a Solid State Drive(SSD) in my computer! While the other components in my computer were excellent, SWTOR continued to load slowly, and this was a pain, especially when loading into instances. This ends up being important, especially during the Calphayus fight in Dread Palace, where you are loading in and out and you have to quickly be in a certain place and drop threat. My raid team should breathe a sigh of relief that I will load much more quickly on this part from now on.
However, today I wanted to write to say that it wasn’t so hard installing the SSD. I am someone that is, while very competent at using a computer, very nervous about messing with the hardware inside. I did not build the computer myself, but had others put it together for me once I purchased the parts.
I already had two hard drives, but one was at capacity, and I had no idea why I had the other one, why it was there, or for what purpose. I installed the SSD to be the main (C:) drive, and am in the process of transferring files and reformatting the other two HDs as backup.
I’ve never posted this on the blog altogether, but here are my current computer specs:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz
RAM: 16 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB
Other Hard Drives: 2 x 500GB
Monitor: ASUS VE258 1920 x 1080
I also have a 1200 watt power supply and a water cooler.
Here are the steps I took to get the new SSD installed and working!
- Create a bootable USB drive for Windows 7.
I don’t have a disc drive, so I had to be able to install Windows on the new SSD without a disc. From Microsoft’s website, I downloaded the Windows 7 Home Premium ISO file and used the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to make the ISO work on the USB drive. You can’t simply drop the ISO file onto the USB; you have to use the tool to make it work!
- Shut down the computer and unplug the tower from everything
Obviously you don’t want to get electrocuted.
- Locate the existing hard drives and remove them!
After unplugging, I opened up the side. I didn’t even know where the hard drives were at or what they looked like. After a quick process of elimination, I found them! Additionally, there are two things on the sides that I had to squeeze to slide the drive out. I didn’t know how to do this at first, so I thought I would include that.
Now, I didn’t know which drive currently had Windows and all my programs and documents on it, so I had to figure that out, but I was able to do that after unplugging one and seeing what the remaining one contained when I turned the computer on again.
- Connect the SSD. Plug everything back in!
Once I removed both of the old hard drives, I plugged in the new SSD instead! There are only two cords going into it, which were easy to figure out by looking at what was plugged into the other hard drives. I didn’t have trays that fit the SSD, so it is currently just floating a bit inside the tower. However, it works! Next time I go to the electronics store I’ll get some trays so it’s a bit cleaner inside.
- Turn your computer back on. Install Windows. Install drivers (network adapter, motherboard, sound, video), antivirus program, Google Chrome, etc.
Make sure at this point you remove the USB drive or Windows disc so that the Windows Install doesn’t keep appearing after the installation and restart. If you’re computer savvy you should be able to get through easily at this point by creating a user profile and installing all necessary programs.
- Connect old hard drives back into computer, transfer files, and reformat those drives (if you want).
I am still in the process of doing this step. I don’t have enough cords to connect both of them at this time. I am planning on using these drives for storage of documents and anything else that doesn’t really need to be loaded as quickly as a game. Also, it would be a waste not to utilize an extra Terabyte of space!
I am really proud of myself for becoming more familiar with the insides of my computer! So far this year I have installed RAM and a new video card, and this will be the third thing I’ve done on my own. If I can do all this while wearing a short summer dress, you can definitely do it! Don’t be afraid! Just be careful.