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Use special software when swapping hard drive to SSD

If you have ever replaced the hard drive of a PC or a laptop, migrating all your files and Windows operating system to another hard drive, you might think it would be just as easy to buy and set up a solid-state drive (SSD) as a replacement.

Not so. A cloning programme should not be used when changing from a normal hard drive to an SSD, because this software transfers the hard-drive sectors into the SSD memory. The unneeded sectors will cause the SSD to operate more slowly than it is capable of.

Buyers should instead use the migration software that the SSD manufacturers include with the device. Should there be none in the box, such programmes can often be found on the company internet support pages. (dpa)