SSD Upgrade

May 14, 2012

In order to breathe new life into my ageing Toshiba Portege R400 I recently purchased an KingSpec KSD-CF18.6-128MJ SSD drive.

To migrate I booted Ubuntu from a USB stick and did a bit copy from my old drive to the SSD using the dd command. This didn’t really work – I could boot into Recovery mode but not Vista itself (it said my System partition was corrupt).

So I booted from my old HD and did a full Windows backup to a USB drive, booted from the SSD and from Recovery and did a full system restore. I was then able to boot into Vista from my SSD.

I’m getting an occasional system freeze but otherwise enjoying the extra disk space and performance. I am researching various suggested SSD tweaks but as my laptop is old I’m only interested in performance gains, not extending the life of the drive.

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