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How to Increase your Notebook's Performance and Battery Life

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If you are like me, you want to squeeze as much power as you can out of your notebook computer but you don't want it to overheat either. Trying accomplish this sort of computer balancing act can be a challenging feat. Though with just a small investment of your precious time and money, you can easily have the best of both worlds. There are a few things that you can buy for your laptop computer that will make it boot, run, and shutdown faster. These things can also make installing programs lightening fast and your computer will actually run cooler. Not only that but you will also increase the battery life of your notebook.

You may be wondering what the secret to this seemingly impossible technological wizardry could even be. The answer is really quite simple: replace your current hard drive with a solid state hard drive. Solid state drives have no moving parts so they consume less power. They also allow you to access your files, programs, and data at greatly increased speeds. Solid state drives are also much lighter than their disk driven ancestors.

Solid state drives are also a much safer and more stable medium for data storage due to the fact that there are no moving parts. This means that they are much more shock resistant and because of this they make an excellent choice for portable computing needs. If you have one installed in your notebook you needn't worry so much about getting a corrupted disk or lost files due to jarring or jostling your computer.

Depending on the size of your old drive, your notebook or tablet computer will also be considerably lighter and easier to carry. You will also have increased battery life that will vary depending on the make and model of your notebook computer. However the battery life can go up pretty significantly. You can literally gain hours of extra computer time which can be crucial if you are traveling a lot with your notebook in tow.

Because the read and write speed of solid state hard drives is significantly faster they also provide a noticeable decrease in the time it takes for your operating system to boot up. The same thing applies to the process of the operating system shutting down. Also installing new programs is comparatively faster as well. Due to the fact that there is no physical disk that is constantly being written to and written over, de-fragmenting is not necessary. In fact, because fragmentation is irrelevant, you are not supposed to defrag a solid state drive. Attempting to do so could actually work to shorten the life of the drive. Generally this is not a problem because newer solid state driven can be overwritten many more times than the average user would ever actually need.

Solid state hard drives are so much more worry free than the older SATA hard drives. You don't have to be concerned with things like drive maintenance, bad sectors, locked up disks, or data loss. They are also very easy to install. Some of the best ones come with a kit that allows you to easily clone your old hard drive onto the SSD. You can then reformat your old drive and use it as a portable hard drive. This is especially handy if you purchase one of the cheaper smaller capacity SSDs.

One of the major drawbacks to SSDs used to be a limited data storage capacity but now they are available with much larger storage capacities. When they first hit the market, most of the early models of solid state hard drives were capable of holding a few Gigabytes worth of data and they were very pricey. Now there are SSDs available that are capable of storage capacities of 128 Gigabytes all the way up to one Terabyte of information.

The larger the drive the more expensive they are though and currently a one Terabyte SSD can be purchased for around $4000. While a good 128 GB SSD can be found for about $200. Given the advantages this price is definitely worth it. You may be thinking that 128 GB seems like a very small amount of storage capacity especially when compared to what you get with a factory standard notebook hard drive. However, if you like a fast computer, the sacrifice in storage is actually worth the increase in performance. Storage capacity can easily be increased with the use of an external drive.

Installing an SSD is easily the best way that you can increase your notebook or tablet computer's overall performance while increasing its battery life. Though there are a few other things that you can do to squeeze a little extra oomph out of your machine. The first is probably obvious to most people and that is add more RAM. How much RAM you can add to your notebook depends on a few deciding factors.

One factor is the number of ram slots that your computer is equipped with. Some come equipped with both RAM slots occupied. For example; you could purchase a computer that comes equipped with 2 Gigabytes of RAM, It may be equipped with two slots and each slot may contain a 1 GB RAM module. Because each slot is already occupied by a RAM module, in order to upgrade your computer's RAM to 3 GB it is necessary to remove a 1 GB RAM module and replace it with one that is 2 GBs.

If your computer comes with one slot vacant, all you need to do to upgrade the RAM is insert the appropriate RAM module into the empty slot. The question that then arises is what type of RAM is appropriate for your particular computer. Different brands, makes, and models of notebook computers use proprietary RAM modules. Some are more standard than others and it also depends greatly upon the age of the computer in question as well. Though with a little bit of research online regarding model numbers, you can quickly find a RAM module that is compatible with you notebook.



Feb 20, 2011 10:06pm
A well written, very informative article. I'm going to give this a try before I go to bed tonight. Thank you for this article, keep up the good work! =)
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