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If you've had your computer for a few years or just got a budget one that's kind of slow, I have a quick and relatively affordable way to add a new life (speed, that is) to it: replace the machine's internal drive, the one that hosts the operating system, with a solid-state drive (SSD).

A standard SSD looks very much like a traditional 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, but it's much faster

SSDs are so much faster than any regular hard drive that the differences between them are insignificant to someone who's moving up from a hard drive. That said, you should get a drive that offers the most capacity for the least money. It's preferable to get one that supports the SATA 3 standard (most SSDs do), since it's the fastest and most future-proof, but you can get one that supports SATA 2, which is the most popular standard used by existing computers.

One important thing to keep in mind: make sure you get an SSD with a higher capacity than the total amount of data you currently have on the hard drive you're replacing. That means, for example, if your computer's main hard drive's capacity is 1TB but you have just used about 100GB, then you just need an SSD that's 120GB or larger. For a notebook, get a decent size SSD since it's the only internal storage the machine has. On a desktop, you just need a small SSD to hold the operating system and programs and can keep the old hard drive as a secondary drive for storage. It never hurts to get a large SSD, though, if you can afford it.

Call today to get a quote to supply and fit a new SDD

We can also in most cases clone the existing drive.

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SSD drives

SSD drives boost the speed of your PC or MAC

The traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer. That is, it doesn't "go away" like the data on the system memory when you turn the system off. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores your data, whether that data consists of weather reports from the last century, a high-definition copy of the Star Wars trilogy, or your digital music collection. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning in a hard drive enclosure.

An SSD does much the same job functionally (saving your data while the system is off, booting your system, etc.) as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there's no power present. The chips can either be permanently installed on the system's motherboard (like on some small laptops and ultrabooks), on a PCI/PCIe card (in some high-end workstations), or in a box that's sized, shaped, and wired to slot in for a laptop or desktop's hard drive (common on everything else). These flash memory chips differ from the flash memory in USB thumb drives in the type and speed of the memory. That's the subject of a totally separate technical treatise, but suffice it to say that the flash memory in SSDs is faster and more reliable than the flash memory in USB thumb drives. SSDs are consequently more expensive than USB thumb drives for the same capacities.


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