Upgrade Your Computer With An SSD
SSD’s (Solid State Drives) have come right down in price over the last couple of years. More and more of our customers are opting to have these installed in new build PC’s. Furthermore I am seeing an increased amount of laptop upgrades with customers opting to go to SSD rather than the more traditional way of upgrading a laptop by increasing the memory in the machine.
So on this post I want to briefly point out some of the benefits of using an SSD in a computer instead of a Hard Disk Drive.
If you are familiar with SSD’s then please excuse the simplicity of this post as I hope to explain in “layman’s terms” what these do, purely as an introduction.
SSD: What is it?
A Solid State Drive works like the Hard Drive in your computer. The difference in the technology being that there is no spinning disk inside it.
HDD’s (Hard Disk Drives) have disks (platters) inside which spin at high speed. The read / write heads are sensors that scan the drive reading information from the disk before feeding it to the computer.
SSD’s (Solid State Drives) do not have any moving parts inside. The best way to explain is to compare the technology to Flash memory. When the computer needs to access information on an SSD, it knows the address of that information and feeds it directly without having to scan the moving platters.
This makes reading data from an SSD incredibly fast.
Now the difference in speed comes down to nanoseconds vs. milliseconds. Collectively when the data is fed the difference is huge.
SSD’s The Pros…
► Much Faster Boot Time. As files can load quicker you will see a considerable reduction in the boot time of your computer.
► Much Faster App / Program Launch Times. Depending on your system, programs will appear to launch instantly when you click them as opposed to the few seconds wait to open programs such as Word, Photoshop, etc.
► Longer Battery Life. (in laptops) There are no moving parts, therefore no motor spinning to drain your battery.
► More Shock Resistant: With no spinning disk they are far more resistant to shock so if your laptop takes a knock or bump your data will be safe.
► NVM. Non-volatile memory. (I promised I would keep this post simple so let’s skip the NVM memory explanation).
HDD’s The Pros…
► Cheaper per Gigabyte.
How much do SSD’s cost?
A 120GB SSD will cost £59
A 500GB HDD will cost £45
If you use your laptop for storing vast amounts of films and music, you will be better with a larger capacity traditional hard drive. If you want a fast, high performance computer but can compromise of data space then an SSD is they way forward.
It is my opinion that laptop manufacturers do not use these as standard, because a unit with a 1000GB drive will sell easier than a unit with a 120GB drive, even although the difference in actual performance is “night and day”.
If you are considering upgrading an old laptop, I would recommend that it has at least Windows 7. Windows 7 operating systems and beyond are better optimized and have features such as TRIM.
Let’s leave it there for now.