Solid state hard drives are fast becoming the standard for fast computer boot up, better storage and quicker computer response in general.
SSD’s as they are known, are showing up in newer laptops, but if you have an older computer, it may be possible to upgrade it to an SSD.
So, what is a solid state hard drive?
A solid-state drive (SSD, also known as a solid-state disk (although it contains neither an actual disk nor a drive motor to spin a disk) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology primarily uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives, which permit simple replacements in common applications. Additionally, new I/O interfaces, like SATA Express, have been designed to address specific requirements of the SSD technology.
Huh? What the heck does all that mean?
It means SSDs have no moving mechanical components. This distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads. Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and lower latency. However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline over time, consumer-grade SSDs are (as of 2016) still roughly four times more expensive per unit of storage than consumer-grade HDDs.
At first the storage on the drive looks like it’s less than a typical conventional hard drive. While you may have a 1TB (terrabyte) hard drive or perhaps a 500GB drive installed on your computer, it might be discouraging to see an SSD with “only” 250GB storage. Mmm….that doesn’t seem right. But you have to factor in SSD’s organize and retrieve data more efficiently and that’s where they outshine the traditional hard drive in performance and value.
It’s a good idea to talk with the techs at Computer Peripherals Unlimited about converting over to an SSD. They’ll need to get your current laptop or desktop computer configuration and then give you their expert opinion.