Do you need an SSD drive? -
Speed is probably one of the most important attributes a person looks for when deciding to purchase or upgrade an existing computer. Although the speed of the processor plays a role, most people neglect the importance of the hard drive.
SSD drives or solid-state drives use integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data. SSD’s do not employ any moving mechanical parts unlike HDD’s or floppy disks, which are electromechanical parts with disks. Although the price of SSD’s are much more expensive than HDD’s per GB of storage, the price has started to decline rapidly opening up the doors for the mainstream market.
Speed.Speed.Speed. For my latest computer project, I installed the OS on a 250gb SSD drive while using a 1TB HDD drive as storage and the speed difference is crazy. A computer with the OS on a HDD takes about 90-120 seconds to start up fully from boot. An OS on the SSD cut the time down to 15-20 seconds. It doesn’t stop there. Any game, program, or computer feature that is assessed from the SSD will be about 3-4 times faster. This is because of the SSD drive’s ability to write data at up to 500mb/sec vs 25mb/sec in HDDs.
There is a slight decrease in performance as the SSD drive nears full capacity however longevity and performance can always be increased by using TRIM, a windows 7 feature specifically designed for SSD drives. The price still remains the achilles heel of SSD drives but not for very long.
After using an SSD drive, I can safely say I will never go back to using an HDD. The answer is simple, I am willing to sacrifice a few extra bucks for that tremendous boost in speed. Check out the video above and see for yourself.