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How to install an SSD in a Toshiba NB305 netbook

When using a solid-state disk (SSD), it is recommended to use an operating system supporting the TRIM command to prevent performance degradation. I recommend reinstalling your operating system when moving to a new hard drive instead of using disk imaging, to ensure that ssd support is fully enabled.

Prerequisites

  1. The installation media for your operating system. You may need to create recovery media if no disks shipped with your netbook.
  2. A T-6 Torx-style wrench. These have become very common at hardware stores.
  3. A new HDD or SSD.

Directions

  • First, back up your files and settings to another computer or disk.
  • Shut down the netbook.
  • Unplug all attached devices and the power cable, and remove the battery
  • Using the Torx wrench, remove the two Torx screws on the bottom of the netbook.
  • Life the access panel from the screw side.
  • Slide the hard drive off of its SATA connectors and then remove it.
  • Slide the new disk into its place.

Put everything back together, install an operating system, and have fun. You may want to use the old hard drive as a portable hard drive using a dirt-cheap hard drive enclosure. These conveniently convert the disk’s SATA interface internally to a USB connection.