The speed of your computer is directly related to the speed of your hard drive. Think about it, the hard drive is home to your operating system, your documents, your pictures, your videos, everything! Every time you open a document, it has to be found and retrieved from your hard drive and loaded into memory. Up until recently all hard drives did this as a mechanical process. Today, however, new solid state drives (SSDs) are changing one of our computers’ basic functions and speeding things up in the process.
How a traditional hard drive works
Most people are familiar with what a vinyl record looks like on a turn table. The record spins and a needle, attached to an arm, moves across the surface of the record and responds to grooves etched into the record’s surface.
If you were to open a traditional hard drive you would see a very similar arrangement. Most hard drives actually contain several disks mounted on a spindle. A read/write head moves across the surface of the disks searching for files and sending them to the computer’s memory. The disks are coated with a magnetic surface. That surface contains microscopic sections where the surface is in one of two states: polarized (1) or not polarized (0). The READ part of the read/write head is very sensitive to these two states and relates these states to the computer’s memory in a stream of ones and zeros. The WRITE part of the head is responsible for changing the polarity of the surface each time you save or delete a file (writing ones and zeros).
This entire process is mechanical. The speed of loading files is mostly based on how fast the disks spin and how quickly and accurately the read/write head can move across the disk surface to find what you’re looking for.
How an SSD works
You probably own a flash drive (also known as a USB drive, thumb drive or USB stick). These pocket-sized marvels provide storage for your files without using any moving parts. There are no actual disks inside and no read/write heads to be found.
An SSD has more in common with your flash drive than it does a traditional hard drive. Unlike a traditional hard drive, an SSD uses semiconductor chips, not magnetic media, to store data. Of course your computer has lots of chips, but unlike some of these other chips, data stored in an SSD’s chips does not evaporate when the power is turned off; this makes it perfect for storage.
SSDs are better than traditional hard drives
Although they’re a little more expensive than traditional hard drives, we think they more than pay for themselves in the benefits they provide.
SSDs are more durable
Solid State Drives do not use mechanical parts which can easily be damaged, and are shock resistant up to 1500g/0.5ms.
SSDs are faster
SSDs can have 100 times greater performance, almost instantaneous data access, quicker boot ups, faster file transfers, and an overall quicker computing experience than hard drives.
SSDs consume less power
SSDs use significantly less power than hard drives. They help prolong your battery life and put less power strain on system. They also run cooler.
SSDs are lighter
SSDs are light weight. You’ll notice the difference if you carry a laptop or notebook.
SSDs are cost-efficient
Though they’re priced a little higher than hard drives, the savings comes in the long run in the form of lower energy usage and greater productivity.
When and how should I get an SSD
We recommend replacing your current hard drive with an SSD if your hard drives needs replaced due to a crash – or anytime purchasing a new drive is necessary. You can also replace your traditional hard drive any time you want to take advantage to the benefits previously listed. So, basically anytime is a good time!
TekResults can do the replacement for you. Just contact us to get the ball rolling. We can transfer the data from your current drive to the SSD and have you up and running in no time.