Solid State Hybrid Drive for Laptops
If you’re running out of space on your laptop’s hard drive, consider upgrading it. I bought and installed a Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD), increasing the storage space of my aging Macbook from 160GB to 1TB. The Seagate SSHD drives offer very similar boot-up speeds as a pure solid state drive, but at a fraction of the cost. Cloning your existing drive is easy. There are several free software options like SuperDuper! and Seagate’s DiskWizard, and inexpensive cables to provide a USB to SATA (type of connection to a standard laptop hard drive) connection to access your new drive from your computer. Physically installing the drive in the your laptop generally requires little more than a precision philips screwdriver to remove the cover and the drive itself.
Once you are done, you can simply keep your old drive as a bootable backup in the event you ever need it, or erase the drive and use it as an external drive. You can store your old drive in a cool Orico case that will provide some protection, style, and USB connectivity.