You’ve probably heard of solid state drives and been wondering what all the hype is and not to mention what the heck they are exactly. These small devices could make you love your computer more than you ever thought possible, especially if you’re the impatient type. Solid-state drives not only significantly reduce boot times and make your system feel much quicker, they also make app launching and file copying lightning fast.
Installing a solid-state drive (SSD) into your machine can radically boost its speed and reliability. What makes an SSD superior to a regular hard disk drive (HDD) is its memory. In an HDD, there are constantly spinning discs that read and write data magnetically. In an SSD, however, the memory doesn’t move and because of this a computer takes a lot less time to hunt and gather data from an SSD because it’s able to find data just as quickly. Meanwhile, a machine must search everywhere in an HDD to find a specific block of information, as the data block’s fragments may be spread across different locations. In fact, an SSD purposefully stores data in different spots to cleverly avoid wear and tear – but this never affects efficiency.
Pros and cons of SSDs
As we’ve already discussed, SSDs take a fraction of the time to find data compared to an HDD. This means that when you boot up, search for a file, install and open a program – when you carry out just about any task with an SSD-equipped computer – you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs and wondering what’s taking so long. The SSD’s immobility makes it shock-proof, lighter (both especially convenient benefits for consumers who lug around their laptops), and more durable than an HDD. The lack of moving parts also lengthens the life of your computer and requires less energy to run – which means it will generate less heat, causing your fan to spin less, remain quiet, and ultimately prevent overheating. If you like being efficient, upgrading your computer with an SSD may be the best step for you. Another plus is if you choose to use an SSD as an internal, rather than external, a technician can easily get this installed for you with an upgrade kit and proper setup
On the downside, an SSD can become slower as time progresses, but this flaw should be negligible for most consumers, as a recently manufactured SSD should last as long as (if not longer than) an HDD. Studies show that an average SSD can last as long as 5 years before there’s any noticeable degradation. Most consumers will have replaced their computer or the drive itself by this time.
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