We all feel that you can’t keep up with the latest technology. You spend handsome amount to keep the best of what technology has to offer in the market and few months later you see it losing its charm due to more advanced piece of hardware gaining popularity. I feel your pain. It becomes imperative to upgrade your smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs sooner than later.
Luckily, there is a very economical way of reviving your PC or laptop by giving it an SSD gift- The Solid State Disk. Its a new generation of hard disk storage which does not store the information in traditional way.
The traditional hard disks use metal platters with magnetic coating. Magnetic coating saves your data and there is a reader which is mounted on an arm similar to gramophone. The platters spin at high speed and let this arm read the desired information on the disk.
Modern operating systems are aware of SSDs and have special code to offer enhanced performance and optimization of such disks. Apple has been using SSD in their laptops and ultrabooks for a long time.
Solid State Disk does not have any such moving parts rather they contain flash memory chips which are interconnected. Wait! It does not mean the speed of flash drive would be similar to SSD disk. SSDs offer faster performance than flash disk as they are technically different due to which they are expensive than flash disk of the same capacity.
The next question is how fast it can be and is it worth? So let me share some tests ran by me on conventional HDD and SSD.
You don’t need to be a geek to reach this conclusion that Samsung SSD is 10x faster than the conventional disk. These benchmark results were achieved with Samsung Evo 850 120 Gb SSD connected to Sata III. The other disk is WD Green Caviar 2 TB on Sata III. This is pretty convincing if you were looking to speed up your machine.
SSD enhances your system performances in several ways:
- Reduces boot time of your operating system
- Application launches immediately
- Overall system responsiveness is snappier
- Save or open files instantly
- Significant improvement in file copying and movement
How to choose SSD?
Its a technical dilemma when it comes to choosing speed or capacity since 120 Gb SSD would cost you around 5K whereas you can buy a 2 TB disk at the same price. You always need large storage and can’t fit in your large music library and movie collection in meager 120 Gb. Here is what you can do. You can install your operating system on SSD which keeps your system files and apps on faster storage device and you can keep your entertainment stuff on your conventional large storage capacity.
Which SSD brand is good? There are couple of vendors who are really good at this. OCZ which is now owned by Toshiba is great. Samsung has done some great job with their Evo series and it came very well and they are offering at a really good price. I am already using one and I have no complaints. There are few things you should consider before buying SSD:
- It should be Sata III compatible
- Review the Read/Write speed
- Warranty which is usually around 3 years some of them offer 5 years too
- Buy additional 2.5 inch enclosure for desktop machines
When installing SSD on your desktop cabinet you would find it smaller since all storage devices are 3.5 inch but SSD are 2.5 inch. Hence, you should buy an SSD mount adapter which is available for additional 100 bucks.
All operating system treat SSD like any other hard disk, so there won’t be any difference when it comes to installing the operating system or applications. However, you may want to install optimization software provided by your vendor to fine tune your SSD for better performance and longer life.
I hope this article is informative for you, please let me know how did your upgrade go.