A while back, JKKMobile reported on some new upgrades from MyDigitalDiscount: replacement SSDs (solid state drives) for a number of netbooks, including the ASUS EEE PC 900. As you can see in the comments on that post, a number of EEE PC 900 users had compatibility problems with this upgrade; the first couple of versions shipped by MyDigitalDiscount simply didn’t work with the Celeron EEE PCs (including mine). A couple RMAs later, I was in possession of the latest and greatest SATA variant of the drive, and I’m happy to report that it’s not only working, but it’s really fast!
Initially, I decided to keep my configuration as-is, so I wanted to clone my original drive onto the new SSD. This was pretty simple because the upgrade replaces the slower 16GB secondary (D:) drive in my EEE PC. So all I had to do was copy the files to the new drive, swap the drives, and reboot. At least that’s what I had to do in theory. I had made my life a little harder by not only installing some apps on the D: drive, but by moving my shell folders to D: as well.
So, if you’re like me, and you have some important junk on that D: drive before you upgrade, try these steps:
- Boot into Safe Mode (hold F8 as Windows XP starts up).
- Log in as an admin user.
- Plug your new SSD drive into your EEE PC using the supplied USB cable; wait for Windows to detect and install the drive. Format it as NTFS.
- Open a Command Prompt and copy the files from the internal drive to the new SSD. For example:
xcopy /s D: E:(replace
D:with the drive letter of your 16GB SSD and
E:with the drive letter of the new runcore SSD). This could take a while.
- Shut down when it’s done.
Now the drive should be cloned, and you can install the new SSD:
- Install the new SSD (make sure you unplug your EEE PC and remove the battery)
- Boot into BIOS by pressing F2 as the system boots. Go into Advanced: IDE/SATA Configuration and set SATA Master to [Auto]. Go into Boot: Hard Disk Drives, and set the RunCore drive as the 2nd Drive. Save the BIOS changes and reboot.
- Boot Windows into safe mode again.
- Go into Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management and change the drive letter from E: (or whatever it is) to D: (or whatever the old drive was)
- Reboot and all should work as it did originally, just a lot faster!
So how much faster was it? I ran PassMark Performance Test on the D: drive before and after, and came up with these results:
|Benchmark||Original 16GB SSD||New 32GB SSD|
|Sequential Read||19.3 MBytes/s||64.1 MBytes/s|
|Sequential Write||5.8 MBytes/s||42.1 MBytes/s|
|Sequential Random Seek + RW||0.1 MBytes/s||12.0 MBytes/s|