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    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.


    [caption id=attachment_12140" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Watching the Home Server Show on my Acer 1810T]CW_DayAtBallSch-005-300x225.jpg[/caption]


    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.


    Last December during the holidays I had purchased the Family Pack of Acronis True Image Home 2012 and had added the Plus Pack (one of those holiday rebate deals).


    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.)


    [caption id=attachment_12127" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Boack of Acer 1810T with Battery pack removed and HD Cover removed]1810T Back with Blue[/caption]




    [caption id=attachment_12128" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Western Digital 32GB Blue Laptop Drive removed from the Acer 1810T]1810 HD removed[/caption]




    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_12129" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The Western Digital 320GB Blue Laptop Hard Drive that was removed from the Acer 1810T]WD 320GB Blue[/caption]


    [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]M4 in external dock[/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.


    [caption id=attachment_12131" align="alignnone" width="235" caption="Western Digital Blue 320GB Laptop Hard Drive ATTO Performance]7-3-2011WD_Blue320GB_ATTO-235x300.jpg[/caption]


    [caption id=attachment_12132" align="alignnone" width="237" caption="Crucial M4 256GB SSD ATTO Performance]2012-04-14_Crucial_M4_ATTO-237x300.jpg[/caption]




    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.


    [caption id=attachment_12133" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="After installing the Crucial M4 the hard disk performance index increased from 5.5 to 7.7]PerformanceAfterUpgradeScore-300x243.jpg[/caption]




    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.


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    Last week I swapped the 320GB Hitachi HDD in my Acer 1810TZ with a Cruical M4 256GB SSD drive. It made a huge difference in the speed of my machine as well. However, since the install my machine has been randomly hanging. When it finally unfreezes and when I check the event log it has a bunch of disk controller errors. Have you experienced any similar issues on your 1810T? So far I verified I have the latest firmware on the drive, updated the system bios to the latest version, and updated Intel Rapid Storage Technology to the latest version.
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    I did this and stuck in a Plextor PX-256M5S and also installed window8. I got 7.8 for the SSD on the Windows Experience Index. It now goes like a rocket. I was so surprised just how much faster it now is. I was going to replace it before this but now should get another good 6-12 months out of it easy. Very pleased and everything works including the Bluetooth.
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    Whenever a laptop starts giving problems, it would become essential to find a trained professional that can help doing laptop repairs accurately, and he can even help replacing the defective parts with the authenticated parts.
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