Step 1: Connect the SSD to your system
Once it’s off, unplug the SATA-to-USB cable from your system and remove the cable from your SSD.
Step 2: Remove the power cable and battery
Now that the SSD is unattached from your system, remove the power cable and battery (laptops only). To see how to remove the battery, refer to your owner’s manual.
Step 3: Hold the power button for 5 seconds
This removes any electricity still in the system.
Step 4: Open the case
How you do this will vary from system to system, so consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions.
Step 5: Ground yourself
Simply touch an unpainted metal surface. This protects your system’s components from the static electricity that’s naturally present in your body – grounding is just an extra safeguard.
Step 6: Locate the storage bay
This is easy to find in desktops, but in laptops the location will vary – it’s typically under the bottom panel, under the keyboard, or on the side. Refer to your owner’s manual for the exact location, as every system looks slightly different.
Step 7: Remove your old drive
Remove the existing drive and disconnect any cables and brackets attached to it. Look closely at the drive for screws that might be holding something to it, as most brackets are often small and look like supporting frames.
Step 8: Reattach cables and brackets to SSD
Once reattached, plug the SSD into your system. Don’t worry if the label faces up or down, as this varies by system. When plugging in the SSD, don’t force the connection – it should go in easily and fit snug. If it feels wobbly, refer to our Helpful Tip below.
Step 9: Reassemble your system
For laptop installations, reconnect the battery.
Step 10: Turn on your computer
Watch how much faster it boots up!
Step 11: Have some fun
See how fast your favorite apps open when you click on them! Your SSD is now installed, but you can make it even faster by enabling a special feature.