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Learn How to Install SSD in Desktop with HDD on your own

Present-day computers are expected to be full of power, speed reliability and efficiency. 

Along with the ever-developing technology, the expectations are growing as well. 

Luckily, the possibility of upgrading PCs without buying a new product has generated opportunities for people who want to get the most out of the devices they currently possess.

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One does not require to have a brand-new computer to experience better speed and performance. Read on to know how to install SSD in desktop with HDD. 

SSDs (Solid-state drives) have swept the computing world since they made their way to the masses. Solid-state drives, contrary to hard disc drives (HDDs), retain and access data using non-volatile memory. 

By following the simple approach to installing a solid-state drive, users may witness an increase in the overall speed of the PC. Additionally, the time it takes to boot and loading programmes will be less. 

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Understand the prerequisites to install SSD in a desktop with HDD

  1. Before replacing the existing drive, make sure that you migrate/clone the data from your existing drive. You could use any data migration software available out there. 
  2. To keep your new SSD safe, avoid touching the drive’s connectors.
  3. Avoid removing the SSD. Your warranty will be voided as a result.


Static electricity can cause decay in the system’s components. To safeguard your system’s components from electrostatic harm during installation, touch any unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame or wear an ESD wrist strap before touching or handling internal components. Either way will safely discharge the static energy that your body naturally produces.

Follow the following guidelines before starting to install SSD in a desktop with HDD:

Before starting to install SSD,

  1. Avoid working in a static environment.
  2. Avoid having plastic or paper around the workspace. 

You will be needing:

  • A 2.5-inch SSD
  • A screwdriver
  • A computer’s owner’s manual

Steps to install SSD 

Follow the following steps to install SSD in a desktop with HDD. 

1. After keeping the safety precautions in mind, power off the system. Furthermore, unplug the power cables too. 

2. To discharge the residual electricity, press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds. 

3. Open the case of your desktop computer. For instructions, go through the owner’s manual. 

4. Ground yourself by contacting an unpainted surface of the metal. (This is an additional safety that prevents static harm to your drive and components during the installation procedure).

5. Look for the storage bay. (The owner’s manual will guide you to locate the exact location)

Compared to a normal-size SSD, a few storage bays and old hard drives are considerably bigger. In order to make the SSD fit snugly in your system if this is the situation, you will need a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch converter. Disconnect any wires and brackets that are attached to your old drive.

6. At this point, plug the SSD into the system.

7. The connection should fit snugly and effortlessly; avoid forcing it.

Using a SATA cable, connect one end of the cable to the motherboard’s SATA port in order to install the SSD as a secondary drive (not your primary or boot drive). Connect the SATA cable to the other end of your SSD. Then, connect an available SATA power line from your system’s power supply to your SSD. Consult your owner’s handbook for instructions on how to handle the wires and how to remove an existing drive (if necessary) before doing either type of installation.

8. Start reassembling your desktop.

9.Plugin the power cable and power on the PC now.

That’s all you need to do. Now you know how to install SSD in desktop with HDD. 

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
I am 26 years old, hailing from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. I am a masters degree student and a poet by heart. I have been writing since childhood. Writing is my way of expression. One can find impressions of Hindi/ Urdu in my poetry. Apart from my love for poetry, I am a writer who loves to portray feelings of the contemporary generation.

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