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Will a SSD speed up an old gateway laptop?

Hello I’m wondering if a SSD would speed up my system? And how fast would it speed it up? It currently is running Windows 7 but when I get the ssd I’d like to install windows 10. I recently upgraded the CPU from a Pentium to a i5 450m and the Ram to 8GB. After that upgrade it ran a little faster but not by much. I think it’s the software that’s making it slow and also windows is having a lot of problems to so I think it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10. @captainsnowball @mayer @oldturkey03 @danj @jayeff @avanteguarde

@nick Heres the old CPU P6100 2008:

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The amount of gain will depend on the BUS speed your exact model has. While the drive is 6GB/s your machine may only be able to allow 1.5 GB/s. Please tell us your exact machine. You may also need to get a drive that's backward compatible to SATA I or SATA II.

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Hmm... the model of the laptop is NV55C I think. It my grandpas laptop and don’t remember exactly what it is.

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(Kind of off topic) but my dell optiplex has 3GB/s bus on my drives and it’s 2006. This laptop is probably 2009.

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@mayer Just to clarify, is the bus of a hard drive mean that if splitting the speed for read/write could I get 1.5GB/s throughput from a 3GB/s?

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@paperboypaddy the 3GB/s is SATA II. No splitting as it can either read or write but it doesn't do it at the same time. It is either, or.

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@mayer Oh so it’s basically like one way data but it switches from read to write all the time?

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It will help remove the bottleneck from using a mechanical hard drive. So yes. It will by quite a bit.

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but as @mayer said it does depend on the BUS speed.

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Yes, night and day difference.

Your probably using an old SATA 1.5 hard drive running at 5400RPM.

If the difference between a 5400RPM and 7200RPM is a difference of 33% faster, then 5400RPM vs an SSD is 200-300% faster.

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Ya I’m guessing it is a 1.5GB/s 5400 hard drive. The capacity is 320GB.

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Seeing as the CPU in the laptop is an Arrandale, it was likely made sometime in 2010. For you, this means it's likely a SATA II bus. That's not to say it might not be SATA III but judging from the CPU I know it's at least from 2010 as a starting point. I also know the original CPU is from 2010, so I have a hunch that's about when it was likely made when it was new.

It will speed the laptop up, but there's only so much you can do to a 8 year old laptop that's near the end of it's useful life. While an SSD will help, you'll likely only get 1-2 more years out of the laptop before it's time to recycle it. With that being said, the SSD can be moved to another laptop when that time comes.

You also can't throw software at the problem and fix things. If the laptop is running Vista or 7 slow, it's likely 10 will have performance issues on the stock hard drive as well. It could be a software problem, but more then likely the age of the platform is becoming a problem for modern applications after 8 years.

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I’ll post a pic of the old CPU.

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The original CPU is also from 2010. It's safe to assume the laptop is at least from 2010.

The NV55c was low end from day one. It's probably SATA II :(. Low end laptops become upgrade nightmares once their true colors show. I get why they exist, but their 3-4 year lifespan before this stuff becomes a problem isn't ideal.

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I love how this is getting forensic. The question is will it go fast. The answer is you betcha. :-)

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I need to know exactly what I'm answering about to give the OP an idea of what they should expect. I don't think it's going to gain much speed, but it'll help.

Yes, you can put an SSD in anything and it will be faster BUT is the cost of the drive make sense for what you are installing it in? That's an important question.

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@nick Well I’m trying to get the most out of the computers we have. All of the computers I have aren’t new, and I don’t have the money to buy expensive "Super Computers". The CPU can go up to a i7. The ram is max at 8GB. And the sata is at least SATA II.

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I plan on putting an SSD in my 12 year old Dell 6400. It runs Ubuntu but the main issue was the HDD was horribly overheating to the point I would get less than 50Mbps out of it. Even if the bus doesn't support sata III, the internal speed will still be high. You'll still get close to 150Mbps on SATA I. The difference will definitely be worth it.

Actually, I asked this question a while back:

Disk load making my PC hot n' slow - will an SSD help on SATA I?

I recommend this drive: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01F9G43W...

Because it's half the price as a Samsung equivalent.

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Hey isn’t this dell 6400 a ide hard drive? The dell 6000 is cause my grandma has it and I’ve replaced the hard drive in it.

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@paperboypaddy Also consider a fast HDD. Some Seagates get over 200Mbps. I'll probably end up using that. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LYNQXC...

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Oh I see. Cool

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So is sata 2 300mbps? And sata 3 is 600mbps? Cause it says 1.5gb,3gb or 6gb per second?

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