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How to fix a slow computer

How to fix a slow computer

Start with a memory and SSD upgrade

When your computer begins to slow down, and unresponsiveness and long load times become the norm, what’s the best way to solve the problem? The minutes you’re losing matter, and you don’t want to spend lots of time and money to solve the problem – you just want a computer that works as it should. Fixing a slow computer can seem like a daunting proposition, but it’s not; if the problem isn’t a virus or malware, just add more memory and an SSD. These adjustments (which don’t require advanced computer skills) can be done in minutes and instantly deliver lasting results.

Why it works:
The role of memory and storage in your computer

Memory and your storage drive (either a hard drive or an SSD) are small components inside your system, but you use them to do almost everything. Every time you press the power button, double-click an icon, save a document, move your mouse cursor, or hit a key on the keyboard, you’re using memory or storage. When your memory or storage aren’t able to keep up, you end up waiting on each and every one of these actions, which adds up.

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Crucial Memory

How upgrading your memory speeds up your system

Every time you do one of the following things, you’re using memory – and that’s why you need as much of it as possible!

  • Moving your mouse cursor
  • Opening and surfing between tabs in your Internet browser
  • Typing and composing an email
  • Creating a spreadsheet
  • Editing photos or videos
  • Playing a game, listening to music or watching a video
  • Multitasking between multiple apps

Memory is the pool of resources your system uses to get things done. The more memory you have, the more resources your system has at its disposal, meaning it can do things faster – and handle more things at once.

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Crucial SSD

How replacing your hard drive with an SSD speeds up your system

Loading files and apps stored on an SSD is like flipping a light switch – it’s almost instant. When performing everyday storage tasks, SSDs are on average 6x faster than hard drives.*

Everyday task
How long it takes (in seconds)
How much faster
is an SSD?
Hard drive
Hard drive
Crucial SSD

Start your computer



2x faster

Load Google Chrome®



7x faster

Load Microsoft® Word



9x faster

Load Microsoft® PowerPoint®



9x faster

Load Microsoft® Excel®



7x faster

Load Microsoft® Outlook®



7x faster

Duplicate a 1GB file



5x faster

The new technology in SSDs is what creates the major difference in performance. Since SSDs access data on cutting-edge flash memory chips rather than on outdated spinning platters, they operate at faster speeds, consume less power, and are more durable than hard drives because they don’t rely on small moving parts that are prone to failure.

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The bottom line

The time spent waiting on a slow computer is frustrating – and it adds up. You don’t have to make monumental changes to fix a slow computer. Just a few small, sustainable changes that deliver immediate and lasting results. The time you’re losing matters – get it back with a Crucial® memory and SSD upgrade.

Compatible upgrades. Guaranteed. Find the right upgrades with either of our easy-to-use tools.

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