Speed Up Your Old Laptop On A Budget
On a budget, I thought that still laptop the Uni in early 2008 at the time it was great and had awesome specs. Now it weighs a ton and struggles to perform basic tasks honestly I'm, not too sure what to do with it, as I haven't used it in years and have no real use for it as it simply follow outdated. For me, I was considering donating it. However, it feels like a crime to even give something away that performs so terribly so let's see what we can do to speed it up and improve it. First let's establish a baseline, so we can measure the difference. Our changes make later for this test. I'Ve installed the fresh copy of Windows 10. As you can see here, it takes 1 minute and 33 seconds to fully boot into Windows, 10 open up, Firefox and load my YouTube channel page. This is far from being a perfect test. There are many variables, such as how fast I'm able to log in and open Firefox. It is, however, as real world as I can get, and I tried my best to do the tasks as fast as I could to reduce those variables as much as possible. As you may have suspected, the ancient laptop is running an old spinning, rust, hard drive, it's a 320 gigabyte disk from 2007 that runs at 5400 rpm ouch. This is definitely a bottleneck in the system, so let's replace it. I happen to have a six year old, spare 60 gigabyte rusizi vertex to SSD laying around, which is by no means new.
I can assure you it's, seen a lot of use over the years and I'm, honestly, not sure how it's still going given the high failure rate that these things had so I'll get to work on taking out the old drive and installing the new brand new SSDs Of this size can be picked up from Amazon for a little over 30 US dollars that a much faster and apply a quality than this one I'll leave a link in the video description if you're interested these sorts of SSDs off a great value and are fairly Cheap upgrade for just 30 bucks. We can breathe fresh life into an otherwise poorly performing machine. Also, keep in mind that this will depend on the type of laptop you have I'd suggest checking in advance if it has removable components that can be upgraded before buying any new hardware. Alright, now that we've got our SSD installed with the same operating system and programs installed, let's run the test again. I also want to note the birth tests were performed with clean installs of Windows 10, which were fully up to date at the time of recording and with the same version of Firefox, which was also fully up to date with the SSD. The test completes 2.4 times faster, yeah yeah that's, an overriding purge. I hear you say, but what more can we do? Unfortunately, changing at the CPU isn't an option in this laptop and upgrading the RAM will likely help very little windows as minor means a light operating system.
So what if we installed Linux instead, given the low powered Hardware we're dealing with here, I was interested to perform. The same test except threading, into a Linux based operating system rather than Windows, to see if this gives us any further speed increases I've used a full desktop installation of Fedora Linux to perform the same test with a spinning, rust, hard drive. It took 1 minute and 59 seconds to fully boot up and load the browser so 26 seconds longer than under windows, with the SSD. The test completed in 42 seconds so 4 seconds longer than the same test under Windows 10. So, although the improvement with the SSD was 2.8 times faster than the spinning rust disk, which is a larger improvement than we saw with Windows overall, both times were slower than compared with the tests under Windows 10. To be honest, I was a little surprised by this. I expected Linux to perform a little better. However, this was not the case here. Of course, there are light await Linux operating systems out there that would likely perform faster than Windows. However, I chose Fedora as it's a pretty widely used Linux desktop operating system plus I'm. Personally, more familiar with Red Hat based distributions, perhaps I could investigate this further in an operating system. Comparison video, let me know if you'd be interested in that. So in conclusion, for around 30.00 we've turned a laptop that was basically unusable by today's standards into something capable of actually performing real tasks again within a more acceptable time frame, while windows performed the test faster with the SSD Linux wasn't too far behind and in both Cases the SSD performed more than twice as fast as more and more apps are becoming web based.
We can start to rely on desktop apps that are tied to a specific operating system, less and less as for games, while there are lots of games and steam available for Linux, this laptop doesn't exactly have the best GPU, so I've left gaming tests. Out of this. With this simple and cheap SSD upgrade, you can easily speed up an old laptop on the cheap it's, one of the best bang for buck methods of increasing performance with old hardware. Let me know down in the comments, if you guys have had any success. Upgrading old hardware like this, if you found the information in the video useful, be sure to leave a like and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.