By: John Stutsman
I had been thinking of the possibility for some time to upgrade my the 320GB WD Blue drive that was stock with my Acer 1810T but had been waiting for the right price or the right deal. Some time ago I had checked Crucial’s web site – while there they recommended their 512GB SSD to replace the 1810T 320GB drive -- the price was pretty steep and I knew I had my 320GB drive only loaded to about 180GB at most so I estimated that a 256GB would be enough -- if a good deal appeared.
Several weeks ago a sale at Newegg motivated me to give it a try. Newegg had a sale on the Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III so I pulled the trigger.
Before I began I removed the battery pack from the Acer 1810T, then removed the stock 320GB WD Blue drive from the Acer 1810T. (I also used a grounding strap and ground mat.)
This was going to be the first time I had tried using the cloning feature of Acronis Plus. Initially I was using 2 USB docking stations to hold the 320GB drive and the M4 to work on with Acronis, but the cloning process would fail before it had been completed. So I opened up my Desktop machine and attached the 320GB drive and the M4 to SATA ports within the Desktop. That did the trick. It took about 70 minutes and Acronis was done. While Acronis was doing it’s thing I noticed that I would get an error message from Microsoft that my copy of Windows was not a licensed copy. After Acronis was finished cloning the OS and Data from the old 320GB to the M4 – when I rebooted the Desktop the Microsoft error message went away.
[caption id=attachment_12130" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The 256GB Crucial M4 in the external USB Dock -- this ultimately did not work and I used SATA ports inside my desktop to attach the drives to clone them with Acronis][/caption]
I next installed the M4 into the Acer 1810T with very little trouble. The first time I turned on the Acer 1810T with the new M4 I was amazed by the increased performance. I measured the performance of the Crucial M4 256GB SSD with ATTO and compared to what I had tested the WD Blue 320 in the Acer 1810T.
As you can see in the above ATTO charts the 256GB M4 has about 5 times the performance of the 320GB WD Blue laptop drive. The Windows Experience Index for the hard drive in the Acer 1810T has gone from 5.5 to 7.7.
The performance of the Acer 1810T is now incredible. The Acer 1810T also appears to run longer than before on it’s battery – it definitely doesn’t get as hot as it used to.
This improved performance is with the 1810T's SATA II port – the M4 is SATA III port capable so if the 1810T had a SATA III the performance would be even that much better.
If you find a deal on SSD’s, I would suggest seriously considering upgrading a spindle laptop drive to a SSD using a cloning program like Acronis Plus.