Gear: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T, Intel X25M.
By default the S10-3T ships with a hard drive. Hard drives are fine, but speed wise they do lose against Solid State Drives (SSDs). An SSD is a luxury but the performance is worth it.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T uses 2.5 inch hard drives, so make sure to get a 2.5 inch SSD.
- Faster random read/write speeds (faster loading of files).
- SSDs deal with shock/vibration better than HDDs.
- Smooth video playback.
- Cooler temperatures.
- Quieter system because of no moving parts.
- Overall feels like a "snappier" Windows experience.
Remains about the same:
- Battery (at least with the Intel SSD I had)
- Expensive when compared to hard drives.
- Not as high storage capacities as hard drives.
Installing the SSD
There are several methods including cloning and simply a fresh install of Windows 7.
If you have the right software (like Acronis) you can "copy and paste" the existing hard drive to the SSD, replace the hard drive with the SSD, and start the system. You would need a "2.5 inch hard drive enclosure or SATA to USB adapter" for this. Personally I do not like the cloning because unnecessary files are kept.
With this your system will be clean, but it will lose all of the existing files. The how to at Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T - Upgrade Windows 7.
You would also have to reinstall drivers and programs if you were to use this method.
When you install an SSD you do not need to run ReadyBoost and Active Protection System anymore.
There are alternatives to the SSD including Mini PCI-E SSDs. By using Mini PCI-E SSDs you can keep the hard drive for storage.