How to Install a Solid State Drive in a Desktop PC (Infographic)

Perhaps you’re new to solid state drives and wonder if it’s complicated to install one. Indeed, a brand new part of hardware to work with can make you ask a few questions in your head and on online forums. However, the task of installing a solid state drive is far from complicated. One of the main qualities of solid state drives is how easy they are to install. There are still a few guidelines to follow however, and hopefully put you in more confidence as you install this new hardware part. SSDs are great investments from which you can benefit pretty quickly after the desktop SSD arrives at the door.

Things to look for

Of course, as it goes with any build, you will want to turn off and disconnect anything electrical before starting the installing of your solid state drive in your case. You can also go with an anti-static wristband to avoid any static as you make the installation in your case. It’s a small 10$ investment that can be very useful as you build computers in the long run.

Solid state drives now usually have their own dedicated slot in most modern cases, and usually a few screws will be enough to do the trick. If you really want to make things easier and haven’t bought your computer case yet, you can buy a case with a dedicated SSD slot, for instance one directly sitting at the bottom of the case so that it is held separate from all your hard drive slots. It’s a feature in modern cases that you want to watch for in case you want to expand. If you will end up installing your SSD drive in a normal disk slot, you will need mounting ssd brackets.

A straightforward installation

To install your solid state drive for desktops, align the mounting brackets with the holes in the chosen bay. Then, you can connect wire that will send the data to your drive, probably a SATA cable. You should then go ahead and install your operating system on it and disconnect all other disks while you do so. Don’t forget to select your SSD as the disk to boot from, and from that point you should be able to set things up. SSDs are faster in terms of boot times and also when it comes to accessing your files, and that should show. After everything is completed as you have access to the disk, you can go ahead and copy some files on there. SSDs are better in terms of speed, but can’t necessary hold your biggest collections that you have on your current disk because of their smaller size for the price. You will then want to select which ones you already use the most or plan on using the most and use your new space according to that plan. A solid state drive is meant to enhance your experience when it comes to storage, and it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Installing a SSD on PC infographic

Overall, installing a SSD drive isn’t that hard and you should behave differently compared to other hardware parts. Be careful on how you manipulate the drive and where you put it, since it’s very light and could move around easily. Take your time when you place the device and the screws so that your installation is just tight enough. Sometimes, we would be tempted to install SSDs too quickly since they’re so simple and easy to install, but still check out your manual and take your time to avoid any mistake around your new purchase.