Upgrade your laptop
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.