This rallying cry can be heard across homes and houses in every nation across the world. The sluggish, sad performance of a once-fast machine driving someone mad with frustration. Fortunately, this can be fixed thanks to a wonderful piece of hardware known as a solid-state drive (SSD). If you decide to upgrade your system to SSD then you are about to be blown away by its sudden surge of speed. SSD’s offer old systems a fresh lease on life and give new ones an impressively swift start.
There are challenges that come with installing an SSD. It isn’t perfect. You will have to balance your need for speed against your need for storage. SSDs don’t have a lot of storage capacity, usually around 128GB to 480GB, bigger SSD’s are available but do come at a cost, in most cases 480GB will be sufficient. You can get impressively huge storage spaces on SSDs of up to 4TB, but they are expensive. Which is the other downside of SSD – cost. You will pay more for this speedy slice of technology when compared to a standard hard drive.
However, now that the disadvantages are out the way, it’s time for the advantages of SSD. These far outweigh the downsides, especially if you want a blisteringly fast machine that eats processing for breakfast. The biggest and most impressive advantage of SSD is the speed. As these drives don’t have any mechanical parts, they can be up to 100 times faster than traditional hard drives. You will boot faster, you will manage your files and systems faster, and you have far more processing bandwidth to play around with. This is brilliant for managing your basic PC life like work and admin, but it is delicious for gaming and high-end machine capabilities.
Installing your SSD isn’t horrifyingly complicated but it will take time and you will need to back up all your data. Your system will need a clean operating system installation and all other programmes you have been using will need to be re-installed as well.
But…you will be so glad that you did. Take a look at this in-depth
of how SSD picked up a Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 laptop with a Core i7-4700MQ CPU and a stock 750GB, 5400rpm hard drive and turned it into a beast. The Notebook WorldBench 8.1 score on the older hard drive was 279 but when it was replaced with a 500Gb Samsung EVO SSD, the score was 435. PC World did a similar test on a PC tower and the results were equally impressive.
The next question is, of course, when you should consider upgrading your system to SSD. If, as mentioned earlier, your system is creaking from point A to point B at a speed that makes you want to hit something, then that’s definitely a good place to start. However, it would be best to speak to an expert about why your system is slowing down as it may not be your hard drive. If the problem for your slow performance is something else, then a new SSD won’t help. If your system is older than seven years, then SSD is a great choice as it will give an old dog some new tricks and extend the lifespan of the machine. Don’t forget that SSD upgrades for speed are not only for old machines in need of a boost. You should consider SSD on a new machine if you want to create a kit that offers speedy boot times and performance from the outset. This not only futureproofs your machine considerably, but helps you sidestep the whole re-install process. You’re already starting fresh.
If you want more insight into how to squeeze out some speed from your machine or add some power to your new beast, we can offer you expert advice and guidance on how to breath life into your laptop or PC.