Six years ago I purchased this beast: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230103
I'm not even close to expert in computers, but it seems as though the specs on this machine are still significantly better than low end new laptops. But it's slowed down a lot over these last few years. So a friend suggested I buy an SSD for it (which is good, because the boss at the office wouldn't approve the cost of a new laptop for my work use).
On Black Friday, then, I bought a Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBRE5UE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) with a hard drive encloser (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFZN4VE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) off of Amazon.
They've arrived! But in the time that's passed since, my laptop is now having Windows source errors of some kind and restarting itself almost every hour.
My question is, how do I proceed? I've read a little about cloning the hard drive onto the SSD. Could I just copy my original laptop disks onto the SSD instead and basically start over that way? What's my best option if not that?