Skip to main content

Dell Latitude D830 SSD Upgrade

Slow Laptop Syndrome


I have a LATITUDE D830 : INTEL CORE 2 DUO T7500 4GB Ram from 2008, I did get a fairly high specification at the time, so it has always had pretty decent performance. However I haven't been using it for a while and when I did it seemed slow compared to my Core 5i desktop computer. (I use Windows 7 ultimate with the latest updates)


Laptop for Work


Now I might be doing a fair bit of travelling to customer sites in the near future and the last thing I want is a poorly performing Laptop, so I decide to ditch all the crap I had on it like iTunes, movies, miscellaneous software and cut back to a basic "work" PC. After all I do have iPhone, iPad and new kindle (soon) for all my multi media needs.

I purchased a "Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD 2.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Read = 550MB/s, Write = 510MB/s" from ebuyer.com. Now I am guessing that SATA-II rather that SATA-III on the system board, but the price difference between SATA-II and SATA-III was nothing really, so I just took the SATA-III options.


Timings


Prior to the Upgrade

  • To Boot to Logon Screen : 43 seconds

  • To Get Logged on : 70 seconds

After Upgrade

  • To Boot to Logon Screen: 22

  • To Get Logged on :30


SSD for work Laptop


Now that I have the essentials loaded for hitting the road:

  • Office

  • Visio

  • Live Email

  • Chrome

  • SecureCRT

  • Pokerstars

  • Dropbox

  • Kindle

  • Acrobat

  • Security Essentials

  • Skype

  • vSphere Client

  • Live Mesh Documents Synced

I have used about 37Gb of the Drive, so still lots of space for more utilities.

Two things now stand out about the performance:

  1. From the Logon Screen to Desktop after typing in your password is super fast (wow fast).

  2. The general overall performance is very smooth.

So having done this upgrade I need to seriously consider a similarly task for my Desktop, but i don't know if I can be bothered with the pain of splitting my application and data across two drives SSD = application HDD= application data + media.


Bottom Line


If you use a laptop for work and need it to perform efficiently, having an SDD will go a long way to help.

Comments

  1. After logging onto my desktop this morning, I have just ordered a SSD for that too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the post, this is quite encouraging! I have the same Dell and was wondering if an SSD will bring performance increase.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ASR1006 Dual Route Processors Password Recovery - Tip

I recently ran into an issue when trying to perform dual route processors password recovery on a Cisco  ASR1006
Problem
After breaking into rommon mode and using confreg to ignore the startup configuration, during the rest the ASR1006 loaded the startup configuration!!!!!!!!
Solution
So quick and simple, I pulled one of the RP and preformed password recovery running on a single RP. All went according to the Cisco documentation

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/asr1000/install/guide/routers/asr1_hwc.html#wp1045971



After the system running on a single RP was recovered and fully booted I waiting for 5 minutes just to be sure; then I inserted the second RP and allowed everything to sync up.



All was well again :) phew



Note: The system was previously fully functioning with dual RPs; a configuration error was made during Tacacs+ configuration which resulted in lockout.


Summary
I hit an issue recovering and ASR with dual RPs, so rather that spending hour researching, I decided very quickly to go …

From IOS to Junos – JNCIA Result - PASS

I done the exam, and I am please to say I passed. So the lab-ing and the two PDFs

JNCIA-Junos_SG_part_1_09-16-2010.pdf
JNCIA-Junos_SG_part_2_09-16-2010.pdf

And a bit of surfing the web were enough. That is not to say everything in the exam was familiar, I did have to think seriously about some questions which puzzled me.
So the next step will be to go for specialist, but because of workload, it's going to take a little longer that 15 Days.

NetGuruSubnetCalc

This is a straightforward no nonsense Subnet Calculator. It does however allow you to pull up the subnet information you have been working on in the iPhone Todays Widget View. This means that the subnet information is just a slide away.




Developed my me. Now Available

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id941632787