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 Post subject: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:41 am 
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I have a HP 6820s laptop from 2007 which I updated recently with 4gb of RAM and a 750gb hard drive along with Windows 7 Pro installed on it.

The laptop works fine, but speed-wise, it can be a bit slow at times, especially when visiting websites.

Is there anything I can do to improve things when it comes to speed.

I'm not bothered about playing the latest games on it as I want to use it for website design and playing SD videos on it mainly.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:33 am 
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If you have ever access to the drive mounts, I'd say throw an SSD in there. You can buy a 2.5" enclosure to make the HDD into a portable drive.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:09 am 
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Can you actually do that as I thought I could only have one hard drive and a dvd drive installed?


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:06 am 
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You would be swapping the HDD for the SSD. If you can do that, we can offer solutions to transfer the OS as painless as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:03 am 
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I found out via Google that there's a caddy where I can replace the DVD drive with a SSD or second HD and I'm thinking about doing it like that.

If I did so, how would it work exactly if I installed Windows 7 onto a SSD along with software and used a regular HD alongside it for data such as audio and video files, speed wise.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:10 am 
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You would just need to move the files you want to the HDD. It would appear as another drive (like D:\).

Let us know if you plan on installing Windows or migrate from the HDD. I do know of a way to install Windows and effectively migrate user settings over so you don't have to worry about losing those, if that sounds better.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:22 am 
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I'd just want to do a straight install onto the SSD of the OS and reinstall the software and transfer the settings from there, I guess.

Also, I take it that it would be a waste of time increasing the ram to 8gb in the laptop.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:49 am 
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Okay. Make sure you have hidden files and folders shown. Copy C:\Users\[username ]\AppData and C:\ProgramData somewhere. After installing Windows, copy those back in.

As for Ram, yes, adding more won't do much.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:06 am 
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Thanks for the advice on migrating the user settings over.

On another note, I've also found out that the processor can be upgraded slightly so I'm thinking of asking a friend to install a better processor in the motherboard to help speed things up a bit as well.

To be honest, I didn't think that SSD's could work in old laptops with SATA connectors.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:38 am 
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Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst ;)


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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:02 pm 
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You are correct 4Gb is max RAM.

That SATA2 port will work fine.

One expensive alternative could be a WD Black2. Still need a transfer cable---one with a case will give you an external backup drive later using the old drive.

A modest CPU upgrade is worthless. Unless you have a low end one and can jump up in a CPU family for more core, more onboard cache a minor speed improvement of 400MHz or less is virtually unnoticeable but produces more heat and battery use.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I improve speed on my HP 6820s laptop?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:21 am 
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I agree with LatiosXT , install the SSD in the laptop and install the old drive in a usb enclosure to be used as storage after you transfer the os to/ or reinstall it in the SSD. That way you will have a DVD to install programs. Make sure AHCI is turned on in the bios. If it wasn't turned on you will have to fix the os before you shut it down if you want to boot to it for some reason later.

You will find on SATA 2 you will be running the SSD at half the rated speed than if you used SATA 3. Samsung has a nice little app you install to maintain your new SSD and in it you can use a setting to double the speed of the drive. It works, I tried it on a friends computer after I install the SSD. So in effect you will be running at SATA 3 speeds.

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Made a mistake, replaced ACPI with AHCI....not enough coffee I guess...


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