Worth upgrading HDD to SDD, HP Elitebook

I have gotten an older laptop HP Elitebook 6390, it’s pretty darn slow, but just about manages to work as long as I don’t get too crazy with running applications or tabs

I wanna see if it would be worth upgrading from a normal mechanical hard disk to SSD. The HD has been making a lot more noise recently and I think it might be contributing to the system feeling slower than usual but would I be better off saving my money for an upgrade

Hello, welcome to the forum.

Looking up the laptop model - it’s from 2008 with a Core 2 Duo CPU. While an SSD upgrade might help a little, especially if the hard drive is making noises: if you want to continue using the laptop you probably will need a new disk sooner rather than later… it’s now a 13 year old laptop. If I were in your shoes I would be looking to just get a new one, you might be able to get away with putting Linux on it or similar to get some more life from it but nothing is getting away from the computer being ancient in PC terms.

So theres not much hope for this machine I guess

When you say ‘put Linux on it’ this is something I have heard about but never really tried, is it a simple process and what sort of improvement will I get if any

The problem is that an SSD will help your machine boot faster and will load applications faster but other than that, doesn’t offer much speed benefit. I agree that it makes more sense to use the money you would spend on an SSD towards a newer laptop.

Linux is a little tricky sometimes but it is mostly point and click and works similar to Windows. I would suggest a lightweight system such as Lubuntu. You can download and make a CD or USB of it and install it on the laptop.

This will probably be okay for basic tasks, for example, web browsing and email but wouldn’t hold up much hope other than that. If you’re struggling along with Windows 10 on this laptop though you should find Lubuntu does run faster.

As mentioned though if I was in your shoes I’d be putting the money towards a new machine. Not sure where you are but here in the U.K. you’re looking at around £30-50 for a halfway decent SSD, whereas for less than £200 you could get a Chromebook or Windows cloudbook that will outperform your current laptop in every way.