How to Upgrade Acer Aspire Laptop to SSD

Brithny updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Why Do You Need to Upgrade to SSD

"I have an old Acer Aspire laptop with a 256GB hard disk. Now, I have bought a new SSD, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to it. I am wondering if anyone else is familiar with how to switch Acer hard drive to a new SSD? Any help would be greatly appreciated!"

Most Acer laptops, especially Aspire series are configured with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in default, like Acer Aspire One brings 120GB HDD, and Aspire V5/R3 brings 500GB HDD. If your computer is an older model or if it lags or freezes, upgrade it to an SSD is entirely necessary.

As is known to all, compared with traditional HDD, the SSD has faster reading and writing speed, less power consumption, noise-free operation, shock resistance, portable size, etc. Many PC users would like to upgrade HDD to SSD or SSD to larger SSD to improve the computer running performance, so as to Acer laptop users. Based on this need, we prepare this article to teach you to upgrade the Acer Aspire laptop to SSD easily and correctly. Follow the instructions below, and you can make it done.

The Tools You Need

  • An SSD with free space to copy all the data on your laptop HDD. Be sure the new SSD is compatible with your laptop. You can check this out by contacting Acer support.
  • A free hard drive cloning tool.  
  • An 2.5" SATA III enclosure and a USB 3.0/2.0.
  • A SATA cable to connect the new SSD to Acer laptop.
  • A small Phillips #0/#1 head screwdriver to help you remove HDD and install SSD.

How to Upgrade Acer Aspire Laptop to the SSD

The whole process can be divided into two parts: the first is to clone the files on old HDD to the new SSD with a free data backup and clone tool like EaseUS Todo Backup here; then the second is to replace the internal hard drive.

Part 1: Clone Acer Laptop HDD to SSD

In the beginning, install the SSD into 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure. Plug enclosure into your laptop via USB 3.0/2.0 (USB 3.0 will be a LOT faster than USB 2.0).

Step 1. First of all download and launch EaseUS Todo Backup.

open easeus todo backup

Step 2. Click "Disk/Partition backup" and select the hard drive that you want to back up. You can choose a single partition or several partitions through multiple disks as you like.

click disk/partiton backup and select your hdd

Step 3. Click folder icon behind "Destination" to select the SSD partition as the backup image storage location. Enter Plan name and Description for your disk and partition backup. By default, the name and description are given based on the backup time and backup type.

select the destination to save your backup


"Sector by sector backup": All the data sectors and blank ones are to be backed up with Sector by sector backup checked. It is useful when file system error occurs. It slows down the backup speed with a relatively larger image compared with normal backup.

"Plan name and Description": An accurate plan name and appropriate description will help you distinguish easily.

"Advanced backup settings" are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

"The schedule" is to create an automatic backup plan. 

"Backup options" are to edit the advanced parameters. Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start to back up your HDD to the SSD.

If you want to replace the OS disk with SSD, EaseUS Todo Backup system clone feature can help you migrate OS to SSD without any data loss and avoid the startup problem.  

Part 2: Replace the HDD with SSD

Step 1. Shut down your laptop, unplug the power, remove the battery and uninstall the old hard drive. 

Step 2. Remove SSD from the enclosure and install it into the laptop with the SATA cable.

Step 3. Reinstall battery, plug in power and restart the laptop.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.