Solid State Drives are here, here’s why you need one

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have been available to consumers for several years now and as the technology is developing it is also coming down in price to a point where it’s accessible to more than just enthusiasts. Here is why you need an SSD!

  • Speed – SSDs are typically up to 3x faster than mechanical Hard Disk Drives when dealing with large files
  • Responsiveness – SSDs can potentially perform hundreds of times more read and write operations per second than a mechanical drive can.
  • Reliability – SSDs only really experience wear whilst the drive is being written to rather than being read meaning that if a drive is simply read, it can last an incredibly long time and to counteract unnecessary wear the drives always attempt to write to the least written parts of the drive (a process called Wear Levelling) to ensure the longest possible life.
  • Robustness – Mechanical drives are inherently fragile, a spinning disk with a read head hovering directly above it, a sharp drop of knock can potentially damage the disk or the head making the drive unreadable, especially if the drive is running at the time. SSDs have no moving parts (Solid state), it is essentially a collection of flash chips and a controller fitted into a neat package so if the drive (or laptop it’s installed into for example) is dropped or knocked, then your drive and your data on it isn’t as likely to be damaged.

There are a few drawbacks to this technology however

  • Cost – Compared to mechanical drives, they are still expensive per gigabyte. So for large scale storage, a mechanical drive may still be better, however most people buy computers with more than twice the storage capacity they’ll ever likely use, when they’d benefit more from a smaller, faster SSD
  • Shelf life – This is a bit of a strange one, if you’re planning on not using your computer for many years, a solid state drive is slightly more likely to lose data than a mechanical drive. That said, both mechanical and solid state drives would likely become corrupt if they were left offline for a significant amount of time. This should never become an issue if the computer is switched on and used every few months.

So, if you have a reasonably new computer that is running more slowly than you would expect, perhaps it’s time to replace your mechanical drive for a faster and more efficient SSD?

If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs and to get an estimate for the upgrade.

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