Have you been struggling with an increasingly slow computer? Getting near your storage limit and not sure which files to delete to free up more space? These are both common problems that a simple upgrade can help solve.
Before you give up on a computer or laptop that can’t seem to keep up with you anymore, consider upgrading to a Solid-state drive (SSD). It’s an easy upgrade that can make a huge difference in your device performance and extend the life of your system.
At Pro Tech Guy we pride ourselves on helping people solve any and all IT issues, from cracked screens to virus infiltrations. We also like to ensure people get the most out of their computer investment, which is why we often recommend an upgrade to SSD when a computer needs more speed or storage space.
A hard drive can have more impact on your processing speed than you think. While it can’t make a processor go faster or slower, an inefficient drive can leave your processor “waiting on hold” while it’s accessing information. This type of data bottleneck can slow your whole system down.
SSDs are one of the best and most affordable upgrades that offer a big step up from older hard drives. If you’re not sure what one is or if it’s right for you, just read on! We’ll tell you all about them and what they can do for you.
What is a Solid-State Drive (SSD)?
Instead of physically writing information to a disk, the SSD uses flash memory with memory chips to record the data. It has no moving parts, so you won’t hear that “whirr” of the hard drive “thinking”, the SSD does its work quietly.
Two of the speed advantages of an SSD over an older hard disk drive (HDD) include:
- Drives that can boot up to 5 times faster
- Ability to copy files 3 to 4 times faster
While SSDs used to be priced at a premium, the cost has come down considerably in the last several years. They’re now much closer in price to HDD’s while often having considerably more storage as well as the speed advantage.
The Benefits of Upgrading to an SSD
A whole day every month can be wasted due to a slow computer.
According to the MarketsInsider, a survey of employees in the private sector found that an average of 5.59% of an employee’s time was wasted on IT issues. That’s about 27 minutes per day, or a full day each month.
Whether you use your computer for work, personal, or both (like most of us do) that’s a lot of time you could get back with a faster system.
Speed of course is the biggest reason that computer users upgrade from HDD to SSD. But that’s not the only advantage that it has.
When our Pro Tech Guy Team is on one of our monthly maintenance visits, we often have clients ask us what other benefits they’ll get from an SSD upgrade. Here are the benefits of a Solid-state drive.
SSDs are easier to fit into small spaces like thin laptops, tablets and similar devices. They are smaller and lighter than traditional hard drives, making them much more portable.
No Moving Parts
Because SSDs have no moving parts to wear out, they’re generally more durable than HDDs and have a longer lifespan.
If you’ve ever had a hard drive crash, then you know the importance of a reliable drive, especially since it holds all your files. SSDs malfunction less than HDDs and have reliability features like error-correcting code (ECC).
If you treasure peace and quiet while on your computer or laptop, you’ll love an SSD. No moving parts mean no sounds being made. This is a drive that goes about its business silently.
Who doesn’t love longer battery life on a laptop or tablet? SSDs require less power than HDDs, which means less drag on your battery life.
Great for Steaming Video
Whether you like to watch Netflix on your computer or like to stream your local news on a mobile device, an SSD can make the experience go smoothly. Their high performance is able to handle video streaming without crashes or lags.
Speed of course is the main SSD benefit for most people. It has an access speed of 35 to 100 microseconds and is about 100 times better than the performance of HHD. You’ll notice the difference in boot time and how fast your programs run, especially those that need to access a lot of data.
Are You Looking to Upgrade to an SSD?
Are you thinking about upgrading to an SSD for more speed and performance? Don’t pick one out without asking a professional, like us! Pro Tech Guy can help you choose the best Solid-state drive for your device and we can even install it for you too!
Contact us today to learn more about an SSD upgrade. You’ll be so glad you did!