Apart from a 5-year warranty,it has a 200TB (equivalent to 109GB a day for five years) guarantee. Crucial also has excellent online support and diagnostics. PASS

Software and Setup

You can’t simply swap out the existing hard disk drive because it has all your data on it and buried deep in the Window registry is the Product Key that you need to activate Windows.

Clean setup – the preferred method

A clean install always gives the best results. The downside is that you must reinstall Windows and all your existing software.

Crucial P1

With your existing system intact

Download Magical Jelly Bean Finder (MJBF – there is a Mac version as well) and use it to find the Windows 10 CD Key – it looks like this DA246-4VFG4-RBS8C-YRZYV-YY49C. Write it down and also put a copy in a plain text file.

MJBF may also be able to find other installed software keys like Office, Antivirus etc. Also, copy these down.

Next, go to Windows ISO downloader and download the ISO Tool to make a bootable Windows install USB flash drive.

Power off and remove the existing boot hard disk. The new disk should plug straight into the cables – if not you can’t proceed and will need to take the SSD back to the store

Put the bootable USB drive in the USB-A port and switch on.The computer BIO should recognise it as a bootable device (if not you need to go into the bios and set it accordingly)

It will install a clean new Windows on the SSD –you activate this with the MJBF key.

Most PCs have two SATA ports so you can put the old drive on the second port and copy data over.

Or Clone your drive (not preferred as existing issues/problems remain)

Crucial provides the award-winning Acronis True Image for Crucial disk cloning software. To use this, you must have a bootable trouble free hard disk or SSD and a spare PCIe NVMe M.2 slot for the Crucial P1. After cloning you disable your HDD and boot from the Crucial P1. The old hard disk or SSD can either become a slave drive.

GadgetGuy’s take: Crucial P1 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Good price, good performance, quality company.

As a tech-savvy GadgetGuy,it is no issue for me to lift the bonnet,put on a static trap, install an M.2 SSD, make an ISO and do it myself.

But Joe and Jane Average don’t necessarily have those skills let alone know if their device has an M.2 PCIe NVMe slot!!!

That is what your friendly local computer store is for. It will take them an hour or so (it will take you much longer) so expect to pay $100 or more for labour, but you will get back a device that has blistering performance, boot times measured in seconds (not minutes) and a huge difference in copying large files.

Crucial P1 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD – the wait is over
Name: Crucial P1 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Price (RRP): $about 300 Manufacturer: Crucial
Good price and performance upgrade if your ssyte supports PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
If you are not tech-savvy get a geesk to install it
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