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Replacing laptop HDD to fix low RAM

Hello everyone

 

My friend bought a laptop (Lenovo ideapad) that only has 4gb of ram, which is not upgradable. It has a 5400rpm HDD and when they try do anything other than a few browser tabs and a few documents the ram fills up and it slows to a crawl and even freezes in some cases.

 

I was thinking that I could install an SSD to allow faster swapping and alleviate the bottleneck.

 

Do you think this would work or should they buy a new laptop with more ram?

 

Thanks :)

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I assume the laptop was cheap? I assume the spec of the laptop wasn't that great either by current standards. A SSD will certainly help but doesn't really fix the original problem. Concern might be, if you do a lot of swap, is that the SSD will wear out faster. 

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8 minutes ago, porina said:

I assume the laptop was cheap? I assume the spec of the laptop wasn't that great either by current standards. A SSD will certainly help but doesn't really fix the original problem. Concern might be, if you do a lot of swap, is that the SSD will wear out faster. 

Thanks for the reply! 

 

Yeah I thought about that but they don't use a lot of their drive so surely I can deallocate some of the SSD so it can use that when it starts to wear out?

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