Save money by upgrading your old computer yourself
What's the Deal with Conor Knighton
Last Updated: 175 days ago
Computers get outdated quickly, but before you give up on your old computer and spend thousands on a new one, it may be worth it to attempt a cheap upgrade to see if you can speed things up for much less money.
You can do this by swapping out the hard drive.
Make sure to back up all your files before trying this and switching out the hard drive will void your warranty -- although, if your computer is over four years old, there probably is no warranty any more.
Solid state hard drives are drives with no moving parts, like those found in most cell phones and tablets. They are fast and in the last few months, have gone down in price. It seems every day, slickdeals.net is highlighting a 128 gb version for less than $90.
These drives can really make a difference in an old machine.
To switch out the hard drive you have options. Chances are someone has posted a tutorial online for your machine, showing you how to install one, but if aren't comfortable doing it, don't try it at home. There are a number of PC fix-it places that can change it out for you for much less than it would cost to buy a new computer.
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