Installation of an SSD in A PC

Martin Wilson

Jun 27, 2022

Installing a solid-state drive (SSD) is a far simpler process than determining which SSD is the best (we have a roundup for that!) or comprehending how SSDs operate. I won't be discussing any of it in this post, but I will go through the installation process for both types. The standoff is very necessary for maintaining the flatness of the drive.


The methods outlined here ought to apply to almost every model. I'll begin with the M.2 solid-state drive (SSD) since it's a little more difficult to set up, and there are a few things you should consider before you do it. SSD must be installed in the computer together with the heat sink. M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) come with their heat sinks. Follow this link to get directly to the discussion on SATA solid-state drives.


Instructions for Putting an M.2 SSD


Some will install without any further steps. Some will come with their heat sinks and resemble a pack of gum rather than a stick of gum. On certain motherboards, the M.2 slot is protected by a shield; in this case, you will need to maneuver the drive to fit below the shield. The next section will cover all of the forms.


1. Locate the M.2 Slot


They may be in various places on PC: On this board, the piece to your left is black, while the one to your right is chrome-plated. The handbook for the motherboard will provide the specifications for each available slot. Discovering the location of the M.2 slot on your motherboard should be the first item on your to-do list. Look for a slot approximately an inch broad and protruding about a quarter of an inch from the motherboard. Although the placement of these components might vary from one motherboard to the next, you'll most often find them below the CPU and near the PCIe slots in the bottom portion of the board. If you are having problems locating it, you should check the handbook.


2. Locate the M.2 Mounting System


When the solid-state drive (SSD) is mounted on the motherboard, the M.2 slot will have a mounting mechanism like the standoff with a screw shown here (see the orange circle we refer to above), which will retain the SSD in the correct orientation. Once you have located the correct slot, locate the screw placed into a standoff about three inches to the left of the slot. The standoff is because after the drive is installed, there will be some space between the solid-state drive (SSD) and the motherboard. The edge that has the notch in the shape of a semicircle will be the one secured in place by the screw. The standoff is very necessary for maintaining the flatness of the drive.



3. Prepare For the Installation of an M.2 SSD


First, you need to ground yourself by touching something metallic, such as the metal leg of a piece of furniture, and then you should take a screwdriver. Unscrew the screw that is attached to the standoff and store it in a secure location; you do not want to misplace a screw or have it rattling around on your motherboard. Do not remove the plastic just yet; instead, merely put the shield in a secure location.


4. Installing an M.2 SSD


The label is located on the side of the M.2 SSD that is considered to be the top. You can see the semi-circular notch meant to accommodate the motherboard screw on the left. You can see the gold contacts for the M.2 slot in the upper right corner. The drive has to be inserted at the following stage in the process. Think of the side of the drive with the brand's label or sticker as the "top" of the device. The edge that has the notch in the shape of a semicircle will be the one secured in place by the screw. The part of the edge with contact points made of gold is what we put into the M.2 slot.


M.2 Solid-State Drive Installation: Final Notes


SSD must be installed in the computer together with the heat sink. M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) come with their heat sinks. It may also be done as a simple update to make your computer seem quicker. If you are having problems locating it, you should check the handbook. It came equipped with a heat sink that was so large that it made the drive difficult to mount. Most of those we've tried out are less intrusive than others.



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