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Using a slow computer can be very frustrating; and, since there is a laundry list of things that can cause your computer to slow down, you may have a difficult time troubleshooting the problems. Slow computers can be filled with viruses or malware, they can have too many applications running in the background, or they could just be getting old. If your computer is relatively new and in healthy condition, but is starting to slow, one upgrade can make a big difference.
The hard drive of the computer is used to store data. Most of the computers built today come with what is called a hard disk drive (HDD). That is the type of hard drive that has been found in computers since the launch of the PC in the 1980s. These drives tend to do fine at first, but over time they can degrade as they are written to (and written over) several hundred times. Today, there is a powerful alternative option, the solid-state drive (SSD).
The HDD works by storing data on very thin magnetic platters. These platters are stacked on top of each other and spin at a rate of ~7,200 revolutions per minute. A magnetic head reads and writes data from the spinning disk, much the way a record player plays a vinyl record. Since there are so many moving parts, it takes a bit for the drives to spin up, for the head to find the data, and then read the data for transmission. This happens very quickly, but as time goes on, it takes longer and longer.
Alternatively, solid-state drives have no moving parts. They store data electronically, and as a result, they work efficiently at reading and writing data. They are also more energy-efficient, faster, and if used in the same way as an HDD, they tend to last longer.
Simply put, cost. SSDs are slightly more expensive than HDDs, and manufacturers, looking to profit from computer sales can sell more units if they are priced more modestly. SSDs also don’t typically support the large capacity needs of some business computers.
The price difference between HDD and SSD is noticeable, but the gap is shrinking. Only a short time ago, if you were looking to build a dozen computers for your office, you would have to choose HDD because the price difference would have been significant. The difference today, however, is negligible. Moreover, the performance increase that SSD brings will speed up computing, making things more efficient. One problem with SSD is that if you need high capacity hard drives, SSD drives with multiple terabytes on them are still much more expensive than comparable HDDs, but that only starts to affect users who need to store a massive amount of data on their PC, like video editors and gamers.
The results you will see will vary based on the device’s hardware profile and the software that is being run on it, but we can provide an existential example:
A PC that was bought four years ago with a traditional HDD took about 48 seconds to get to the login screen when booting up. It then took an additional 80 seconds before the user could get to their email.
Our technicians migrated all of the data to a new SSD, and the boot time (to the login screen) went down to 12 seconds. After logging in, it took about 20 seconds to get into email.
If you are looking to improve your business' efficiency, upgrading the technology that your staff uses to get things done is a good investment. Call us today at 204-772-8822 or 1-833-847-0725 to learn more about how solid-state drives can help your business get ahead.
Troy is a life-long entrepreneur who is passionate about helping business owners solve complex business problems with technology. He enjoys sharing knowledge to help other businesses succeed.