If you have a computer that’s slow or running out of space, it can be frustrating and slow you down when you’re trying to work. Short of having to purchase a new PC, you have options for disk upgrades that cost much less and can significantly improve efficiency.
One of the considerations when looking to improve PC performance is an upgrade to SSD. They’re a popular choice for several reasons, including that prices have been coming down in recent years, making them much more affordable.
The advantages of SSDs over standard hard drives are one of the reasons they’re projected to become the more popular of the two drives by 2021. According to Statista, SSDs have steadily been taking more market share than HDDs over the past several years. For example:
- 2015 HDD shipments: 470 Million vs. 105 million SSDs
- 2021 projected HDD shipments: 330 million vs. 360 million SSDs
What’s the Difference Between an HDD and SSD?
It’s important to make an informed decision when choosing the best way to upgrade a computer or laptop. Some of the key differences between a standard hard drive disk and a solid-state drive are:
- An SSD does not have any moving parts like an HDD does, so it’s quieter and generally lasts longer.
- An SSD uses less power to operate than an HDD by roughly half.
- An SSD is more expensive than HDD, although prices are coming down steadily, as typical for technology.
- SSD capacity is generally less than HDD, with SDD not usually being larger than 1TB for notebook size drives and 4TB for desktops, compared to HDD at a max 2TB for notebook size and a 10TB max for desktops.
- SSD speed for both boot time and file opening speed is faster than HDD.
6 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to SSD
So, what benefits can you expect if you upgrade to a solid-state drive? Here are several reasons that these storage devices have been becoming so popular in recent years.
The biggest complaint most people have with their computer is that it’s too slow. This is especially the case if you’ve had it a few years and the hard drive is getting filled up. SSDs can give you a significant speed boost in several ways.
Boot time using solid-state drive averages about 10-13 seconds compared to 30-40 seconds for a hard drive. Because SSDs use nonvolatile storage media that stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory, file copy/write speeds are faster.
Another speed benefit is on file opening time, which is typically 30% faster on SSD as compared to HDD.
You can expect an SSD to last two to three times longer than HDD. They are generally more resistant to shock and general wear because they don’t require moving parts to wear out or become damaged. This makes them the best choice for mobile devices because they can take the normal bumps and shocks better than hard drives.
Quieter and Cooler
Have you ever heard your computer “thinking?” That sound of the hard drive whirring around won’t be there with an SSD. No moving parts mean zero noise. They also dissipate less heat than HDD, and heat can negatively impact computer performance, so less heat is good.
Less Power Hungry
Your laptop’s battery life will be better with SSD because they consume less power than mechanical hard drives. This means when you’re traveling, you’ll have more time before needing to find that one open power outlet.
Solid-state drives are smaller than HDDs, making them very versatile to fit into all types of sleek devices. That’s why you’ll often see them used in hybrid tablet/laptop computers to give computing power while taking up much less space than a mechanical hard drive.
Resistant to Voltage Fluctuations
SSDs have a built-in power failure circuitry to back up data in the event of voltage drops. Their ability to monitor and adjust for voltage fluctuations means that the document you just spent two hours on will be saved intact when you might end up losing some of it if you’re on a hard drive and experience a voltage drop.
Some SSDs also come with batteries that allow data to be backed up in a power outage.
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