My Acer Aspire One Netbook is slow, what can I do to upgrade it to make it faster?
by Tom Valdez July 22, 2015
Owner / Mountain Peak Computers
A good friend that has offices in Aurora Colorado asked me what I could do to his Acer Aspire One to make it faster. He told me that someone else had installed Windows 7 on it the other day and when he got it back it was really slow.
I told him that a SSD drive would definitely help the performance and that I would see if I could upgrade the memory. I told him that I would do the work for the cost of parts and the labor would be free. My friend thanked me and gave me his netbook.
Back in the shop I Googled the Aspire One model and found that it had 512MB of memory built on the motherboard and had one PC2 memory slot with a512MB of PC2 memory installed. I found that the Aspire One model could only take a total of 1.5GB of memory.
So I first created a image of the current install of Windows 7 on the netbook to a external hard drive. Then connected a external DVD drive to the netbook and created a recovery boot disk. I then disassembled the netbook and replaced the old 100GB hard drive with a new 120GB SSD hard drive that we had on hand. I replaced the 512MB memory stick with a 1GB PC2 memory.
After reassembling the netbook, I then booted from the external DVD and recovered the image to the new SSD drive. The netbook rebooted when the reimaging was completed. The netbook booted up and I verified that the memory was recognized. I verified that all the device drivers were installed.
The next day I returned the netbook to my friend and he powered the netbook up and he was impressed at how fast it was after having replaced the memory and hard drive with a SSD.
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