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Upgrade to SSD - old laptop with Sata1 - will it increase performance?

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April 10, 2014 10:36:51 AM

Hello

I am hoping to get some help/clarity on upgrading to SSD from old 5400RPM 500GB HD in my OLD laptop. I have a VAIO VPCEE23FX that I bought few years ago. It has been chugging along as its use is confined to basic browsing, streaming to TV, netflix etc..

I recently bought a cheap SSD ($30) because of some price mistake I guess, (PNY XLR8 SATA 6Gbps 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SSD9SC120GMDF-RB)

Since it was so cheap, I just bought it and am looking at making my Win7 bootable from SSD and have my 500Gb HD as storage.

My questions are

1. My laptop only supports SATA1 standard. I know connecting a SATA3 SSD to SATA1 port will restrict the speeds - but will it still provide a noticeable improvement over the performance of my internal HDD (5400 rpm)?

2. Will installing WIN7 to SSD be better or just using SSD as a slave/storage is better?

3. My Laptop has a recovery partition. Is it possible to just use it to install Win7 to SSD? OR should I use the Win7 Key to download image/iso, make a bootable disc and then do a fresh install?

Any help/pointer - much appreciated. TIA.

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April 10, 2014 10:43:12 AM

1. Yes, but obviously not as much as with a SATA 3 interface

2. OS and applications on the SSD is the best bet

3. Fresh install is best. Why reinstall all the original Sony bloatware?
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April 10, 2014 10:44:09 AM

Yea agreed with USAFRet. I got one and I only have SATA II and man is it way faster.
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April 10, 2014 11:04:38 AM

Well - Sata I is much slower than SataII. But, it looks like worth the trouble for 30 bucks. Thank you.

Any idea how to find what connection is being used by Optical Drive? If I can replace the optical drive with HDD and replace HDD with SSD, would I need any separate cable? If the optical drive is connected with Sata cable then I should not - correct?

I will do some research for detailed instructions on how to do this - but if anyone has a link ready for the same, please share it. Thanks.
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April 10, 2014 11:11:20 AM

Not all laptops have a provision for replacing the ODD with an HDD or SSD.
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April 10, 2014 11:14:58 AM

Can't it be done using OBHD caddy provided I get the right OBHD part?
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April 10, 2014 11:21:44 AM

Janusman said:
Can't it be done using OBHD caddy provided I get the right OBHD part?


If it fits in that Sony laptop, and the connections are right, yes.

EDIT: Probably
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April 10, 2014 12:24:13 PM

May I know why its "Probably"? Any thing I should on lookout for to make sure the parts are compatible etc?
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April 10, 2014 12:27:23 PM

Janusman said:
May I know why its "Probably"? Any thing I should on lookout for to make sure the parts are compatible etc?


Does that particular Sony support anything else in that ODD space besides the original ODD? Both physically and software wise.
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April 10, 2014 12:29:56 PM

How do I find if it supports or not? Is it not enough to make sure that the ODD is using SATA?
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April 10, 2014 12:50:32 PM

Janusman said:
How do I find if it supports or not? Is it not enough to make sure that the ODD is using SATA?


Is there an actual HDD/SSD tray that can replace the original ODD thing?
There is not a generic 2.5" drive 'tray' that applies across all laptops. Especially Sony.

I'm looking, and don't see anything besides taking out the ODD and putting a new one in.
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April 10, 2014 12:57:04 PM

I was looking at this
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April 10, 2014 1:08:19 PM

Thank You - I guess I have to probably try it out and see if it works or not. Is there a way to check if my ODD uses SATA or PATA other than removing and identifying by looking? Like- a system scanning utility or a setting/driver somewhere?
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April 10, 2014 1:27:48 PM

Janusman said:
Thank You - I guess I have to probably try it out and see if it works or not. Is there a way to check if my ODD uses SATA or PATA other than removing and identifying by looking? Like- a system scanning utility or a setting/driver somewhere?


From the specs, the HDD is SATA, so almost assuredly the ODD is SATA as well.
https://docs.sony.com/release/specs/VPCEE23FXBI_mksp.pd...
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April 10, 2014 1:30:04 PM

I thought so. I will remove to confirm the same before ordering the caddy. Thanks a lot for your time and help.
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