The solid-state drive (SSD) has swiftly become the go-to upgrade to breathe new life into an ageing computer, and for good reason too. A SSD swiftly brings an old laptop or desktop up to date with modern machines in just a single step.
Out with The Old HDD
The hard disk drive (HDD) is a technology that dates back as far as the 1950s. They became the default solution all PCs would use for decades to come. Most old laptop and desktop machines still contain their original, worn hard drives they left the factory with.
The HDD was a mostly mechanical device. Inside a solid outer casing was a series of spinning disks arranged in a delicate stack known as a platter. Each disk could read and save data using a tiny needle moving across the disk’s surface.
The technology looked and worked much like a miniature record player. Like a record player, widely in use at the time that hard drives were developed, the hard drive had some serious drawbacks.
The series of tiny disks and needles that made up the HDD were incredibly fragile. Vulnerable to dust or movement, computers commonly succumbed to hard drive failures that rendered the machine and its stored data unusable. Occasionally, simply moving a laptop while reading or writing data can damage a hard drive’s spinning disk.
In with The New SSD
The primary reason to switch to a SSD, on top of their impressive durability, is the incredible increase in speed. Because the SSD has no moving parts at all, working more like a digital camera memory card than a vinyl record player.
A SSD simply makes the process of retrieving and saving data to storage many times faster. Eliminating the mechanical component, removing the need to move a physical disk, and not needing to physically pick up the data means a much faster and smoother operation.
Computer startup, where the operating system loads all its data from storage, can take as little as one-quarter of the time of a comparable HDD. Additionally, loading regular applications and data from an SSD takes a fraction of time of a HDD. A SSD completely breathes new life into an old machine and computers with a SSD replacement for the hard drive feels like using an entirely new machine for a fraction of the cost.
Replacing the main mechanical component also eliminates wear and tear working to break down your machine. While a HDD slows over time, degrades, and can eventually suffer mechanical failure; a SSD remains as durable as the day it was purchased.
Ideal Laptop Upgrade
In a laptop setting, the SSD makes even more sense. They require less power than older hard drives, making the most of your battery charge.
Furthermore, not needing a large disk platter, mechanical parts, or protective outer case means they are about half the weight of a mechanical drive. Making an old machine lightweight certainly brings it another step closer to a modern machine.
They run almost silently too. The familiar click-clack of the hard drive is a thing of the past. Many users comment on the noise their laptop used to make starting up and loading programs. Noisy laptops are a tech throwback we’re so happy to leave behind.
For many who feel like their old system is showing its age, the prohibitive cost of purchasing a whole new machine keeps them invested in their old one. A simple, fast SSD upgrade can make your old machine new again at a much smaller price. If swapping long startups, and slow load times sounds right for you, consider upgrading to a SSD. You won’t look back.
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