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AtulAggarwal

I have following HP laptop bought in 2017 but not much used and using it for browsing and documents editing only

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/701761/medium/Screenshot_2021-07-25-11-29-46-924_com.flipkart.android.jpg?1627192837
This is running extremely slow. Even explorer running slow with no other app open. Upgraded to windows 11 and still same issue.

Already tried all options available on internet to make it fast but nothing helped. Also reset it yesterday but still no improvement.

Should i go for RAM increase or change the laptop all together?


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Get an SSD installed. It will give your laptop a new life.

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SSD is an absolute must for housing the OS and apps. If running memory hungry apps like web browsers and esp. in Windows 10, 8GB is the bare minimum.
Edit: The old Bulldozer derived AMD APUs are a bit slow nowadays.

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You have a slow processor and less ram too, if you just have very light use, upgrade the ram and hard disk to an SSD of low storage capacity 128GB/256GB (both together may be costing you around 7-8 thousand), if you are looking for very resource intensive usage, buy a new one. Otherwise remove windows and install Ubuntu OS. it may work better.

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rakeshtvla wrote:

You have a slow processor and less ram too, if you just have very light use, upgrade the ram and hard disk to an SSD of low storage capacity 128GB/256GB (both together may be costing you around 7-8 thousand), if you are looking for very resource intensive usage, buy a new one

I have very less usage. Browing, notepad and zoom app. Thats all

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

I have very less usage. Browing, notepad and zoom app. Thats all

In that case if you can live with a Linux distro, RAM upgrade won’t be necessary. I found them easier on the HDD as well but not enough to get by without an SSD. Mainstream ones like Ubuntu, Linux Mint are pretty easy to use. Battery life might be lower though.

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

I have very less usage. Browing, notepad and zoom app. Thats all

Minimum you have to have the ram upgrade then. Check on your my computer properties to see the ram type and order similar laptop ram of may be 8 GB. Also check your laptop has how many slots for RAM, if it has two, only one may be used and you can add the additional module to have 12gb RAM, if things don’t improve, add an SSD as well.

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After upgrade can i use current HDD as a external device or it will be total waste?

RAM should be upgraded to 4+4 or 4+8 as current is 4Gb. Or current one will be wasted completely?

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

How much it will cost? And RAM? Currently it’s 4 gb

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Looks like there is only one hard drive slot on your laptop
Either you have to replace the HDD with SSD (2.5" SATA) or use the DVD/CD Drive slot for the HDD (for SSD+HDD combo)

If you’re planning to use only one drive, then get 1TB SATA SSD
for two, prefer min 256GB SSD for windows drive and 1TB HDD (DVD/CD Slot) for media

256GB SATA SSD – ~3K
1TB SATA SSD – ~9K

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

After upgrade can i use current HDD as a external device or it will be total waste?

RAM should be upgraded to 4+4 or 4+8 as current is 4Gb. Or current one will be wasted completely?

Both will depend on the number of slots built in your motherboard.

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

After upgrade can i use current HDD as a external device or it will be total waste?

RAM should be upgraded to 4+4 or 4+8 as current is 4Gb. Or current one will be wasted completely?

Yes. I have used multiple Orico ones and they work reliably.
Different RAM module size isn’t an issue mostly as long as they are of same frequencies. I am running 4+16. Just that it’s dual channel (2×64-bit) only upto 4+4GB. Remaining 12GB operates in single channel mode(64bit). Not that it matters a lot other than for integrated graphics in particular APUs like yours.

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

After upgrade can i use current HDD as a external device or it will be total waste?

RAM should be upgraded to 4+4 or 4+8 as current is 4Gb. Or current one will be wasted completely?

Reg. use as an external HDD, you have to buy a casing as the existing internal HDD will have a SATA port and you would preferably require a USB port connectivity. Also without a casing it will be vulnerable to shock and damage in case you drop it and less portable too.

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

After upgrade can i use current HDD as a external device or it will be total waste?

RAM should be upgraded to 4+4 or 4+8 as current is 4Gb. Or current one will be wasted completely?

U Can Modify It As external Hard Disk… Internal hdd to extetnal hdd converters caddy available at shop.

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

New seems costly. A good one should be around 50k

Start with SSD first, 128 GB ssd for less than 2k.

RAM upgrade wont be necessary if you are happy with the SSD performance.
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Upgrade to SSD first, i bet it’ll solve the sluggish problem.
You should also have a view on Task Manager and see memory graphs, Disk usage charts.


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teriab33 wrote:

Start with SSD first, 128 GB ssd for less than 2k.

RAM upgrade wont be necessary if you are happy with the SSD performance.

exactly, i have seen most people upgrade RAM first.
These days Laptops come with at least 4 gigs and that is pretty much sufficient unless you want to do heavy gaming. (which isn’t an option on low cost laptops)

here is one chart // SSD vs RAM upgrade

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/701775/medium/7812709compuram-ssd-performancetest-en.jpg?1627196272

https://www.compuram.de/blog/en/ram-upgrade-and...

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Frist observe in Task Manager that what is Disk usage. with Windows 10 without SSD it must be 100% most of the time and CPU usage < 50%.
If it is so, SSD will surely help you.

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@AtulAggarwal can you check CPU clock speed in Task manager and post a screenshot.
Also install CPU-Z and again take a screenshot while bench pressing the CPU.
If it’s what I am thinking; you may not have to install any new HW.

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Par_ wrote:

Frist observe in Task Manager that what is Disk usage. with Windows 10 without SSD it must be 100% most of the time and CPU usage < 50%.
If it is so, SSD will surely help you.

Yes 100% mostly. With only task manager open and no other active app

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Par_ wrote:

Frist observe in Task Manager that what is Disk usage. with Windows 10 without SSD it must be 100% most of the time and CPU usage < 50%.
If it is so, SSD will surely help you.

how to transfer entire data from HDD to SSD? will it impact my windows license?

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Helium wrote:

@AtulAggarwal can you check CPU clock speed in Task manager and post a screenshot.
Also install CPU-Z and again take a screenshot while bench pressing the CPU.
If it’s what I am thinking; you may not have to install any new HW.

What is bench processing the CPU means?

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adnan_d92 wrote:

how to transfer entire data from HDD to SSD? will it impact my windows license?

It won’t be affected. Just did few weeks back
Backup data using external HDD or cloud upload

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avgn wrote:

It won’t be affected. Just did few weeks back
Backup data using external HDD or cloud upload

Have u upgrade to ssd on ur own?

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AtulAggarwal wrote:

Have u upgrade to ssd on ur own?

No. Local shop
Although can do on our own with some tutorial .
But it was urgent and didn’t want to take risk

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adnan_d92 wrote:

how to transfer entire data from HDD to SSD? will it impact my windows license?

Windows license info is stored on Motherboard
+ license gets linked to MS Account too ( Post Windows 10 build 14393 update )

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