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My dad has a Toshiba Satellite L300 (Specs: http://www.pcworld.com/product/1318404/toshiba-satellite-l300-01r-notebook.html) and recently he has been complaining about it being extremely slow and freezing. I just very recently refreshed Windows 7 on it and only reinstalled software that he would use (in other words there is no bloatware slowing it down) and yet it is still slow and freezing.

I suggested the idea of upgrading the old HDD to an SSD and he seemed to think that might be an alright idea. So here's the deal: I need a SSD that is at least 120 GB, is a decent make/model and is $80 or less. I don't need top of the line or extremely fast as I believe that the laptop is only SATA II.

Places I can buy from: Amazon.ca, Newegg.ca, Tigerdirect.ca (I live in Canada)

Thanks, and I am open to any/all suggestions.
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Computers shouldn't just freeze. I would pinpoint the issue before spending money. Do a hard drive scan and a Memtest86 run.
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Computers shouldn't just freeze. I would pinpoint the issue before spending money. Do a hard drive scan and a Memtest86 run.
By freezing I mean hanging up. It's not freezing to the point where you have to manually power it off, it's just taking a very long time to open/load things. Also it takes like 3 minutes to get to the login screen upon powering on. With that said I did have plans on doing some HDD scanning when I got home (at school right now), and Memtest also sounds like a good idea.
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Well, if everything checks out just get the largest SSD you can afford from a reputable manufacturer.

Trust me, an SSD will wake that thing up nicely. I have a core 2 duo laptop with a Crucial M4 that runs very nicely for day to day stuff.
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