Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mercedes A180 auto w176 mpg update 313 miles 35.3mpg

Upgrading the Acer Aspire A5750 laptop HDD to SSD : from 90 seconds to 2 secs boot to login screen (Win 10)

Laptop Bought in June 2012

Acer Aspire 5750 15.6 inch Laptop - Black (Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz, RAM 4GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium

upgraded to Windows 8 then Windows 10 Home

Reviewing Task Manager performance was always limited by HDD at 100%
Was barely useable, with lots of waiting

Boot to login screen Windows 10 with existing HDD = >90 seconds

Crucial MX500 500GB SATA 
Specs: 500GB 2.5-inch internal SSD • SATA 6.0Gb/s • 560 MB/s Read, 510 MB/s Write

CTSATAUSBCABLE.001 Crucial Easy Laptop Data Transfer Cable for SSD £7.99

CT11308081 Crucial MX500 500GB SATA 2.5-inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD £88.99

Software for cloning is downloaded from web (

Procedure (simplified here, but also

I just cloned as is and kept the sizing the same 500GB and partitions as is.

  • backup your files (in case it all goes wrong)
  • Download Acronis on laptop drive to be cloned
  • Plugin new drive SSD to usb
  • Clone drive (took over 3 hrs for me for 150GB data)
  • Shutdown laptop, remove battery, hit power button
  • remove HDD
  • remove screws and casing
  • transfer SSD into case (didnt need spacer as it has screws)
  • refit
  • reboot and hope

Boot to login screen Windows 10 with new SSD = 2 seconds (!)

Despite an i3 and limited RAM (4GB) the machine is transformed into a useable windows 10 machine.

For £100 its a no brainer if you have one of these machines and you dont want a full replacement.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Golf gti edition 30 mpg update 30.8mpg 392 miles

Definitely appears 2mpg better after pcv replacement and rear pads replaced

Golf gti edition 30 rear brake pad expired , disconnect seat chime

Started to make grinding noise from rear.  Thought it was a stone in caliper, but on inspection could see the outer pad was down to the backing! Short term I have fitted some mintex rear pads for £16 off eBay.
Caliper was very stiff ends rubber boot damaged so will need caliper refurb or replacement.

Also disconnected the seat sensor as the alarm kept going off at random times during my commute!