The hard drive permanently stores and gives access to the operating system, software applications, files and data on your PC. The hard drive is the only long-term storage on your PC, so it’s a good idea to buy one with more storage capacity than you think you'll need.
Before choosing a hard drive, consider how you’re currently using your system and how you plan to use it in the future:
• If you frequently use multimedia-intensive applications or store digital photos and MP3 audio files,
you’ll want a solid-state drive.
• If you share your PC with a family member or plan on keeping it for a few years, a solid-state drive
is also the best option.
• If you typically use your computer to browse the internet, check email, work on documents, and do light
photo editing, you may want a standard hard drive.
Solid State Drive (SSD)
An SSD is available in two different interfaces: SATA or PCIe. PCIe has up to 4 times the theoretical bandwidth of SATA and is supported by the NVMe host protocol.
- No moving parts
- Similar to flash-based memory found in USBs
- More secure and less prone to failure
- Fast data transfer speeds and load times
- Runs quiet and cool
- Consumes less energy
- Outperforms 10,000 rpm HDDs in read/write speeds
- Provides longer battery life and improved shock resistance
Benefits of a Solid State Drive
- Better for mobile users
- Improved performance
- Lightweight and cooler than standard hard drives
- Uses moving mechanical parts to transfer data onto disks
- Speed measured by RPMs
- Generates heat
- Sensitive to shock and vibration, prone to damage
Benefits of a standard hard drive
- The more hard drive storage your computer has, the more files, pictures and documents it can store
- Higher RPMs read and write data faster
If your new Windows 10 computer takes a long time to boot up, that's likely because it runs on a standard hard drive. This is also the case of most older computers. Do you know that replacing that hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD) will make the machine run much faster? It's true, a 5-year-old computer with an SSD boots much faster than even a brand new rig running on a regular hard drive. The good news is that swapping out the drives is quite easy to do and not too expensive either, thanks to the fact that SSDs are now much more affordable than they were a few years ago.
For more information on choosing the right Solid State Drive or Hard Drive for you; or if you would like a quotation on replacing your standard hard drive with a Solid State Drive, drop us an email and let us help you stop waiting for your computer.