Re: Should I replace my Hard Drive?
Many thanks for the suggestion. Did some research around ssd caching and based on your suggestions, I have finally decided to buy the Samsung Evo 850 mSATA 500GB SSD along with the 2tb disc drive.
I want to know if the following procedure works before proceeding -
- I will install the mSATA SSD along with the failing drive and the new RAM as well (since getting under the palm rest would be a pain again).
- Boot into Acronis True Image (I have purchased this, hence will be using it).
- Make a clone of the source drive with the mSATA SSD. I have currently 400GB data, I think I can still reduce it by 50GB or so by copying some files to external drive so that the cloning process works well.
- Once cloning is done, I will remove the HDD and boot only with the mSATA. This may require some setting in bios.
- If the mSATA boots into windows successfully, I will run diagnostics to validate RAM and SSD.
- Once that is working fine, I will shutdown and install the new 2TB SSHD for data and other program files.
- I will boot into windows, and use Minitool software to copy only the data partitions (that is other than OS) from mSATA to the new 2tb disc drive.
- Same as 1 to 2 of Approach 1. Also, with installing the new 2tb drive as well.
- Attach an external hard drive to generate the partition image backup using Acronis.
- Restore only the OS and its system partitions to mSATA SSD.
- Restore other partitions to the new 2tb drive.
- Remove the old drive.
- Boot by SSD.
Are the steps ok, or should I change something. Which approach would be better. Do I need to ask Acronis team about this? Also, the SATA operation was set to RAID mode when I bought this laptop. In this configuration, should I change this to AHCI?