Up­grade your lap­top

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When it comes to giv­ing your lap­top a new lease of life, you’re much more re­stricted. In the ma­jor­ity of cases you’ll have to make do with swap­ping out the slow in­ter­nal hard drive for a faster – but al­most cer­tainly smaller – solid-state drive (SSD). Some laptops have two drive bays, but it’s more likely it only has one, in which case you’ll have to re­place your drive with a smaller one – the sweet spot ap­pears to be 500GB, which can be had for un­der £80; 1TB drives cost dou­ble. You may also be able to up­grade your lap­top’s RAM, but it’s likely this will be a case of swap­ping out ex­ist­ing RAM for new mem­ory, so you won’t be able to keep your old RAM. You could sell this on eBay to re­coup some of the cost or put it aside as backup should any­thing hap­pen to your new mem­ory. And what about your lap­top’s old hard drive? If it’s still in good work­ing or­der, in­vest in a 2.5-inch ex­ter­nal USB en­clo­sure and use it as ad­di­tional stor­age or for backup.

At least fit­ting RAM and drives to laptops is mer­ci­fully straight­for­ward.

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