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How To Install An SSD On Your Desktop PC?

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Written by Martin Mcgaha

For a quick start on your computer Windows, you need to install an SSD. Why? Considering these main reasons for reading and writing speeds with others like noise reduction, power saving, readability, etc are making it stand out contender to HDDs.

If we compare SSD performance with HDD You will find SSDs are more efficient in speed performance benchmarks. Not only that they are enhanced with power-saving features and better results on computers.

But how to do it safely with pro expertise without going into messy complexities of hardware components damages, I am here to help to guide you through the process and get you the safe installation of SSD on your desktop PC.

Moreover, your data stored on the hard drive is also important, and not to waste it if you install a new SSD on a PC or laptop. Right? How to transfer your data from HDD to SSD, is explained here!

How To Install An SSD?

How To Install An SSD on desktop

You don’t need to be an expert in hardware installation for this process. Especially a little bit of know-how could make it possible to install an SSD. However, the process is the same for any device like a gaming PC or laptop or a simple desktop PC.

Before starting the installation let us have a bit of idea about the types of SSDs are coming in today’s modern-day.

Types Of SSD

Mainly SSD comes in two significant types explained here;

SATA SSD: Serial Advanced Technology Attachment SSDs

This type of SSD is slow as compared to the PCIe type mainly in reading and writing data speed on your computer. The primary reason for this slow-speed performance is that they use the same technology features on HDDs. In SATA SSDs you can find 2.5 inches of sizes with 500-550 Mbps an average speed and 600 Mbps or 6 Gbps highest speed limits reach.

The storage capacity varies starting from 128GB and going beyond 1.9TB. M.2 SSD and mini SATA (mSATA) are also other small or mini kinds of the same SSD type. Installation of these mini SATA SSDs is a different process than the main type. However, nothing is hard to do in these installations as well.

PCIe/NVMe/PCIe-NVMe SSD: Peripheral Component Interconnect express SSDs or Non-Volatile Memory express SSDs

Talking about this type of SSD, it will definitely give you four times more speed and performance on reading and writing data on your computer and also power efficiency as compared to SATA. If you want rapid transfer speed I would strongly suggest this one.

How To Install SSD Safely On Desktop?

Your safety in the installation process is the most important factor to consider, not only that you should also keep in mind the hardware safety to avoid damage. Keep these steps in mind while starting the installation.

Don’t touch by mistake the connector of the hardware to keep all the things safe.
Don’t try to open the SSD as by doing this you will lose the warranty of the drive and would not be able to replace or return it if there is an issue with the hardware.

Let us dive into the process;

Clean up your desk where you are going to do the process of attaching the component to your computer. Arrange some tools like a screwdriver and safety gloves.

Shut down your desktop (press the switch button on your pc for 5 seconds and it will shut down or you can do it from the windows shutdown option). By doing this it will automatically discharge the residual electricity. After shutting it down remove the power switch from the power source. Also, after unplugging it from the power source or electricity panel remove the power cable.

Remove the side top of the casing of your desktop PC with the help of a screwdriver by removing screws. Inside the chassis search for an empty space where you can easily place the 2.5-inch SSD (I suggest the easy fitting size, you can go for any of the sizes available on the market also depending on the space on your desktop casing).

Keep your PC manual with you to get guidance on the parts and motherboard information for connecting the connection cables of the SSD. It would be better to place the SSD above the HDD, you can take assistance from the PC manual to have know-how about HDD and its placement bay on the casing.

By doing this you would install both SSD and HDD in a single bay with a partition (The casing of your PC would be in parts that seem like trays (bays) for the placement of different hardware). I suggest you do so why? Because it would make it easy to install SSD on the motherboard too and you would face no trouble with the connection of data cables and power cables.

After finding HDD make a room for the placement of the SSD (Maybe you find connectivity cables that would cut your way of working inside the casing). Place the SSD in the tray above or below HDD and refer to the PC manual for the size of screws you would need to tighten it. After investigating the placement bays it would come to your knowledge the sizes of SSDs vary, however, you would require a converter for the restful fit of SSD in the desktop casing.

After snug installation of the SSD, it’s time to plug the SSD into your system. Connect one head of the data cable to the motherboard (refer to the manual) and the other side to your SSD connecting slot. Also, connect the power cable to both ends (You will find an extra power cable inside the casing, most computers are coming with extra cables for upgrade options).

To make it the central drive refer to the manual and follow the instruction to make the SSD the primary drive. Hurray! you did it. Now power on your computer by connecting the power cable and other necessary cables. You can install windows on a new SSD and can use it as a primary drive.

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How To Transfer Data From HDD To SSD

How To Transfer Data From HDD To SSD

It is easy to transfer the data from HDD to SSD. Once you are done with the process of installing SSD on your PC or laptop. Arrange your data to one folder and copy or cut it and paste it on SSD on a pre-specified folder to transfer safely.


After reading this guide you would know that it is pretty easy to install an SSD on your desktop. Only a screwdriver and the user manual could get you there and you don’t need to pay the labor of any expert for this process. I would love to read your feedback on this guide, if I am missing some information, your suggestion could improve this guide for others.

About the author

Martin Mcgaha

Martin is a tech blogger who started his blogging career in the toughest times of his life back in 2015. Over the course of 5 years, he experienced many ups and downs and mainly focused on providing the best content for his audience. Martin is also a 50% share holder at a corporate company named FifeMatrix. FifeMatrix is the owner of many tech blogs and Software Products.

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