Question Why is my Laptop slow?

May 28, 2019
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Hey guys,

I have a Dell Inspiron 5579 Laptop.

The specs for the laptop are:
Intel Core i5-8250U CPU @ 1.60hz / 1.80hz
8gb of RAM 2400MHz
Intel UHD Graphics 620
1TB HHD Storage (From which 900gb is free)

From the moment I got this laptop 8 months ago until today, it's always been very slow. It takes almost 3 minutes for it to start up.

Why is that? What can I do to make it faster?
 
May 28, 2019
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Exactly this.

Your laptop's specs aren't bad. What is letting you down is that mechanical drive. Those things are GLACIALLY slow in laptops. A good SSD will get your boot times WAY faster and make the whole PC feel a lot more responsive.
Thank you very much. How do I know if my laptop can take an ssd? And how do I know what ssd to buy?
 
Thank you very much. How do I know if my laptop can take an ssd? And how do I know what ssd to buy?
You have a mechanical drive so, it can take a 2.5 inch SATA SSD, you just have so swap them and install windows on the SSD, then move over your files with an adapter that lets you use your HDD on a USB connection. The process looks more daunting than it actually is.

So, you get yourself one of these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4VHSYG?aaxitk=PQ1l81kppvfzxo7734vT4g
Or if you want to keep your HDD as an external drive to use for storage one of these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M08LCXW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_EJN7CbRVPETGY

Then get any 2.5" SSD, my recommendation is either a Crucial or a Samsung drive. It doesn't have to be one of the expensive ones.
Examples
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0781Z7Y3S/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_rFN7CbZ239XPG

Now, what you can do at this point is get a utility to clone your current drive onto the SSD, or just make some Windows install media with the Installation Media tool https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 , put the install on a thumb drive, and install Windows once you swap the drive.

Then follow this quick YouTube guide on how to take the drive out
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9wW8cnjswU
then reverse the steps with the new drive to put it in.

Once the drive is in you either boot up (if you used a cloning utility) or install Windows on the new drive.
 

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