Is Your Computer a Potato? Swapping Your Hard Drive Could be the Fix
How replacing your laptop or PC's Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a new Solid State Drive (SSD) can make your slow, older computer feel new again.
A slow computer can be extremely frustrating and a big waste of your precious time. While buying a new computer could be the best option, maybe it isn't in your budget and you want to keep your ol' reliable rig and just give it a new life.
Swapping your old Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a new Solid State Drive (SSD) could be the perfect solution.
Hard Disk Drives -vs- Solid State Drives
The purpose of both HDD and SSDs is to store data. Not only your photos, programs, files etc - but they also hold the information needed to boot your machine and perform other computing tasks.
The way they store and access this data is what differs.
HDDs have been around for a very long time. They consist of little metal "platters" that spin as a "head" reads and writes the data. HDDs have a lot of mechanical parts. Because of this, they are slower to "warm-up". A computer with an SSD usually boots in under a minute, whereas a computer with an HDD can take considerably longer to start up and continue to perform slower all around.
A Hard Disk Drive is also much easier to damage. If you are using your computer and drop it, the platters can get scratched, thus corrupting your data or making your disc unreadable. An HDD is not recommended if you often travel with your computer or use it for work.
SSDs are now the standard and are much more widely used in newer quality laptops and home computers. If your computer is newer, it probably has an SSD in it already, unless it is one of few budget machines that do not.
Solid State Drives do not have moving parts. They store your data electronically using flash memory chips. This data is stored permanently within a circuit, meaning quick - if not instant - access times. This makes them fast, quiet, and resilient. They also have a smaller footprint than most HDDs which can make for a lighter laptop.
If your machine is starting up slow or isn't very responsive as you use it, send us a message or give us a call.
A hard drive upgrade is an often affordable fix with a big payout in performance. We would be happy to discuss your computer's hardware with you and talk about your options.