How to Upgrade Laptop Hard Drive to SSD without Reinstalling Windows. Lets upgrade that old fashioned hard drive to a lightning fast solid state drive with no moving parts - without reinstalling Windows! Is your computer is running slow? long time to boot up? you just can't take the wait time? GREAT! Here's a great step by step video showing you how to upgrade the standard hard drive to a fast solid state drive. I used the Dell Latitude E5430 laptop but this process is generally the same no matter the make/model of the laptop.