Are you running a PC/laptop with an i5 or i7 processor with 8+ GB of RAM and still are unsatisfied with its performance ? Chances are that the weak link in your system is the Hard disk Drive. In this article we will help you decide if you should adopt its popular alternative, the SSD( Solid State Drive).
Solid State Drives are not new in the world of computers. They have been present since the early 2000s. The HDDs are a relatively older technology which have been around since the 1950’s. Since then the memory capacities have increased from Megabytes to Terabytes.
The traditional HDDs use moving parts to write data physically on a disk. The SSDs on the other hand have no moving parts and store data on flash memory chips. It basically does the same thing as a hard drive but in a different way. These storage devices which are being used on some modern laptops have many advantages over traditional HDDs.
Solid state drives can access and write data much faster. So even if you use a SSD of small capacity like 128GB, you can boot your OS from it to experience much faster boot time. Also you can run select applications from the SSD like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe primer etc to see improvements in the performance. And transferring files from it will be a breeze.
The moving parts of HDDs tend to make noise which can be annoying in to some people. This is not a problem with SSDs as it makes absolutely no noise during its read and write operations.
Does not bottleneck other components
In a computing system fast components are sometimes limited by the performance of the slower components. And the slowest component in most cases is your HDD. The high end processors like the i7 are limited by the performance of the HDD. So upgrading to an SSD might improve the overall system performance.
Accidents like dropping your laptop or earthquakes might easily damage your HDD but due to a lack of moving parts in an SSD, you can rest assured that your data will be safe even in extreme circumstances.
But there are some drawbacks to SSDs as well. They are much more expensive compared to Hard disk drives so you might be limited to small amount of storage and they are not as commonly available as HDDs. But for many power users and normal users alike , the extra cash just might be worth the performance boost of their laptops and PCs.
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