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How to install SSD on desktop


How to install SSD on desktop?

Installing a solid-state drive is one of the best upgrades you can make to your computer, but migrating your Windows installation to a small drive can be tricky, because your data won't necessarily all fit on the drive. Here's how to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows from scratch.



 ● Cut off computer power before operation and protect system's components from static electricity.

 ● Backup your data and use the authorized computer operating system.

Equipment needed

 ● 2.5-inch SSD placement holder and screws

 ● SATA III data cable

 ● Authorized system CD

 ●  Non-magnetic tip screwdriver

Part one: Install SSD to computer

Step 1: Shut down your system, unplug all the power cable and remove the case cover of your desktop.

Step 2: Align the placement holder with the screw holes of your SSD and screw up.

Put the SSD with placement holder into a rather stable place of the mainframe, hard drive storage bay is a recommendation.

Step 3: Attach one end of the SATA connector to motherland and other end to your Netac SSD. After finished, replace the case cover to your desktop and switch on the power.


Part Two: Install operating system

Step 1: Turn AHCI on

Take ASUS computer for example:

Press “DEL” to enter BIOS, choose “Advanced” > “SATA Configuration”, press “Enter” and choose “AHCI”, press “F10” to save and restart.

Note: BIOS setup may differ because of the differences of motherboard, please consult supplier for details.

Step 2: 4K Alignment

It is recommended to use Win 7/Win 8 built-in disk management tool to format, which can make 4K sector alignment possible (NTFS partition format is recommended). Besides, you can also use other disk partition tools like diskgenius to get it done. Find and open diskgenius when accessing into PE, and then, choose SSD.

Please align your SSD partitions as picture below:

 ● After preparatory work is done, you can use AS SSD Benchmark to test the status of AHCI and 4K. 

 ● If shows red “BAD”, it refers to the AHCI or 4K alignment is not enabled. 

 ● If shows green “OK”, it refers to the AHCI and 4K alignment is enabled. 

Step 3: Install operating system

You can get better user experience when SSD is applied for operating system and software.

The method to install operating system on SSD is the same as hard drive, you can set up and install as normal. We recommend to use Win 7 or above.

You can also watch tutorial video:

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