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Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 240GB
Sunday 04:03, May 10, 2015

I had my Toshiba E305 laptop for a couple of years now, and I quite like it, despite it only has a 2nd generation Intel Core i5, and a chassis that is not designed for easy upgrade. You have to literally tear the whole thing apart if you ever want to add some RAM to it. Oh well, at least it is doable, unlike some of the newer ultrabooks in the market, where it is not going to happen at all...

I always had a bit of issue with the hard drive, ever since I get my primary computer running on SSD. It just cannot compare, even though it is a hybrid hard drive from Seagate, and 500GB is roomy for a secondary computer for on-site work. That changes though a couple of days ago, when a local shop is selling the new Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 240GB model (sans upgrade kit) for only $139, and they normally go for $280+. I just bought one and with the included free access to a cloning software, I cloned the hard drive (took like 30 minutes on my old USB 2.0 dock), pried open my laptop with an unofficial guide I found online (plus a YouTube video by a guy from Philippines, I believe), I managed to get the Seagate hard drive out, plug my shiny HyperX Savage SSD in, slowly putting my laptop back into one-piece, and turned on the power. It did not went smoothly, as the cloning software is not perfect, and I actually need to dig out a Windows 7 disc to help repair the boot sector on the SSD. Once that's done, I get everything running just like before, except now I have a real fast SSD! Now my E305 laptop can last a bit longer, maybe 5 more years??

I don't have plans to upgrade the RAM for it though, since I have to remove the motherboard from the chassis (the slots are on the back facing down), and it will be too much trouble...

I hope all Windows laptop manufacturers will refrain from acting like Apple. Probably too late...

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