It’s easy to install an 2.5″ SATA into a desktop PC. We’ll show you how.
Before you make your purchase, be sure to confirm if you will need a cloning software. Kingston makes two versions of most SSDs: With Installation Kit and Drive Only. The version With Installation Kit includes a download code for the Acronis True Image disk cloning software, a USB 3.0 enclosure, and mounting bracket, screws, SATA cable, and power cable. You need the Installation Kit version if you are upgrading an old laptop from an old drive to a new SSD. You might go with the Drive Only option if you are building a new PC and installing a fresh OS and already have the mounting hardware. Note, the MacOS includes the Disk Utilities app for cloning so Acronis True Image will only be needed if you are running Windows and require cloning. If you don’t need the Installation Kit version, you might decide to go with the less expensive Drive Only version.
1. Remember to always refer to your computer’s manual before disassembling it or replacing any hardware.
2. As a precaution, prior to handling the SSD, touch an unpainted and grounded metal object or use an anti-static wrist strap to work in a static-safe environment.
3. Safely disconnect the power from the system.
4. Loosen and remove the computer case cover from the desktop.
5. Locate the SATA port on the motherboard. If you are using a 2.5” drive bay, detach the mounting bracket.
6. Attach the SSD by aligning the mounting screw holes on the bracket with the holes on the SSD and mount the SSD in the drive bay. If you are using a 3.5” drive bay, detach the mounting bracket. Attach the SSD by aligning the mounting screw holes on the bracket with the holes on the SSD. Locate an available 3.5” drive bay inside the desktop and install the SSD.
7. Attach one end of the SATA cable to the SSD and the other end to the SATA connector on the motherboard.
8. Take the SATA power cable that is connected to the power supply and attach it to the SSD. If there was not one connected, you can use the power cable included in
the Installation Kit version.
9. Put the computer case panel back onto the desktop.
10. Plug in the power cord and boot up your system.