Many computer users still hesitate whether they really need to add a solid-state drive (SSD) to their system or just settle for the traditional platter-based hard disk drive (HDD). The answer to this question is not straightforward, you need first to acquire some basic knowledge on SSDs and what benefits they can provide to your computer over the mechanical HDD, then you will have some good key points that will guide you to the right decision on whether it is the right choice for you or not. We will speak shortly about all these issues without much details, you can though follow the links on this page if you need further elaboration.
Solid-State Drive (short SSD) is a drive that uses non-volatile memory as a means of storing and accessing data, much like computer RAM. Unlike other storage devices such as hard drives, an SSD has no moving parts, which gives it advantages such as accessing stored information faster, produces no noise, often more reliable, and consume much less power than the traditional hard drive found in computers. It is super-fast and ultra-light. The latest technology makes an SSD a better choice than a hard disk drive (HDD) in many computing applications. This means that improved performance, increased reliability, and lower operating costs are just a few of the benefits you’ll reap when using solid-state drives.
Unfortunately, because of the much greater cost per GB of storing information these drives have not yet become suitable solutions for replacing a standard computer’s hard drive. However, are a great solution for netbooks, nettops, and other applications that don’t require several hundred GB of space. These drives are also popular for computer enthusiasts who use the smaller SSD to run only Windows and some of their more popular programs and then have all their data files such as pictures and music files on a second larger traditional hard disk drive (HDD).
So what’s now? Think about it. Do you really need a super-speed storage device that’s almost 5x faster than your old hard drive? Can you wait for 1 minute or even more for your hard drive to fully load Windows or you just need it to load within 15 seconds when using an SSD? Do your applications take long time to load, such as Photoshop, Autocad, Mathematica, and other heavy applications? If you are annoyed by the slowness of your old drive then surely an SSD is your relief. Also If you are a professional gamer who play with heavy-resource demanding games or you are a video editor or having a small server at home or company, then certainly this is a best choice to go for.
Moreover if you care about multitasking as you open multiple applications at the same time working on them, you cannot find better than an SSD to handle it. This feature (i.e. multitasking) also helps smooth your gaming experience when several functions in your game try to operate at the same time.
What about a power-saving device that consumes almost half battery energy of your laptop than the traditional hard drive? If this is a concern to you because you travel a lot or stay outside home where there is no power charger, then an SSD can surely save you from great pickles.
After all, if the small capacity of SSD forms a problem for you then why not to use a combination between SSD and HDD? That way you will use the SSD for launching the operating system and your most important applications, while you use the HDD in storing your files that need to be archived, such as movies, pictures, game ISO files and so on.