If you are not happy with how your desktop or laptop computer performs, chances are it has a conventional hard drive (HDD) inside. Your HDD likely has more storage space than you know what to do with, but the old technology it is based on makes it extremely slow by modern standards — apps and programs take a long time to load and transfer speeds are low. Additionally, all the moving parts eventually start to wear out impacting the general performance or worse cause intermittent freeze ups or crashes.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go out and buy the latest computer to improve your experience. Instead upgrading your HDD to a Solid State Drive (SSD) may be just the ticket to give your desktop or laptop a new lease on life. SSDs are an improvement over virtually any HDD with greatly improved load times and transfer speeds, making your device feel much more responsive. They also consume less power, they’re less noisy (no moving parts) and have better overall reliability!
If you’re weighing the HDD vs SSD data storage question, think of it like this: installing an SSD into a legacy desktop or laptop boosts performance enough to add another two or three years to its lifecycle. Computers with SSDs boot up faster by a factor up to 10, and applications and large files open practically at the snap of finger.
The improved experience can be so dramatic, it may make you wonder why you didn’t do this a long time ago! Well for starters, price! Up until recently the cost for SSD drives were dramatically more costly. But finally costs have come down sufficiently making the upgrade to SSD a very sensible and economical upgrade.
How large should your SSD be? It depends on how much data you need to store. Your ideal SSD capacity depends largely on your usage scenario. Take a look at how much storage you are currently using and add at least 100GB of free space to determine the minimum size you need. In the current market, typical SSDs configurations range from 256 GB, 512GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. As drives get more spacious, the cost per GB generally is less. And for the advance user, the popular configuration for desktop computers is to have a smaller SSD (256 GB) to store the operating system and main productivity applications and use it in tandem with a larger HDD that stores work files and media.
If you would like more information about what it takes to join the SSD Upgrade revolution, please contact your friends at Personal Computer Sales and Service (818-380-0030) and we will be happy to answer your questions.