HDD to SSD Upgrade
Upgrading an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to an SSD (State Solid Drive) is the smartest thing you can do for your laptop or desktop PC, especially if your computer became slow and takes too long to load the operating system.
If you have the feeling that you are much faster than your computer and you start to lose patience with it, it is probably the time to upgrade your hard drive to an SSD!
Apart from potential viruses and junk that might get accumulated on your computer, the system itself becomes very heavy with all the Windows updates and the amounts of data that increase with time. Computers need to load massive amounts of data from a hard drive. To function properly the hard disk must be very quick to serve such large amounts of data. Otherwise it becomes the bottle-neck.
Most computers that are bought today have a hard drive rotating disk (HDD-Hard Disk Drive). It is composed of one of magnetic materials and has magnetic arm that move over the disk to write and read data to or from magnetic disks. The process of moving its arm along the disk, while reading or writing on it, takes time. No matter how fast your computer’s processor is, the HDD becomes a “bottle-neck” which slows the operating systems during that time. Because of the enormous amounts of data nowadays, you can easily lose your patience.
The solution is to upgrade the HDD to an SSD and put the OS on the SSD.
What is SSD?
SSD is an acronym for Solid State Drive. This is, in simple terms, a data storage device that has no moving mechanical parts like a standard hard drive has. An SSD uses flash as a “Disk on Key” and it stores data in flash storage cells. An SSD is a completely electronic device that consumes much less energy than an HDD. Also it produces much less heat and no noise at all, because it has not any moving parts.
SSD is much faster than HDD, because it is a completely electronic device. To read or write data to or from an SSD, the drive doesn’t need to perform additional mechanical movements such as an HDD has to. An SSD reads and writes any data almost immediately.
Windows operating systems (starting from Windows 7) and Mac OS (starting from version 10.6 Snow Leopard) are working much better with SSDs than previous OSs, since they support a technology called Trim.
Main advantages and some disadvantages of HDD to SSD upgrade:
SSD upgrade advantages
Speed: an SSD can read and write data up to 500 megabits per second while an HDD runs at speed of 50 to 120 megabits per second. The OS will be ready on an SSD within seconds, while on an HDD it can take minutes! Opening folders, files and programs is much faster with an SSD.
Fragmentation:On an HDD files get fragmented over time which slows down the system, while on an SSD the system speed does not effected by fragmentation. It doesn’t matter where on the disk the stored files can be found, as an SSD calls them quickly from anywhere.
Power supplies: an SSD needs less electricity (only about one third of the amount that an HDD uses). This is especially useful for laptops, because the battery will last for at least 30 minutes longer (or even more) as a result. An SSD produces much less heat than an HDD because there are no moving parts and uses less power.
Noise and vibration: An SSD does not generate any noise or vibration at all, while an HDD sometimes generates significant noise while reading or writing data.
Life span: The life span of data on an SSD is more than 200 years. A HDD starts losing its data after a period of 5 to 10 years and this can even happen earlier or later. Bits on the HDD are starting to roll over from 0 to 1 and from 1 to 0 and will finally result in corrupted data files.
Stability over time: the SSD has no moving mechanical parts and therefore it will last much longer. Contrary to an HDD, an SSD will not lose your data if a laptop would fall down or in case of abrupt shaking. Because an HDD is a partially mechanical and his disc consists of magnetic material, it wears out quickly. After a year or two you’ll already see a decrease in the level of performance.
Magnetism: an HDD disks are coated with a magnetic material, so it can be affected by magnetic environments (a magnet may erase data). an SSD is not affected by magnets.
Shape and weight: because an HDD has a rotating magnetic disk, its body must be built in a common form of heavy metallic material. However, an SSD can be produced in any shape, and it weighs almost nothing!
Disadvantages of an SSD upgrade
The cost: High performance SSD is a bit expensive; it costs $1 for 1GB, so that a 256GB SSD will cost about $256, and 500 GB will cost about $500, while an HDD of 500GB cost about $80 and one terabyte $100.
Data Recovery: In case of data loss while using an SSD drive, data recovery is impossible. On an HDD it is still possible to recover most of the data.
Capacity: At present, the maximum capacity of SSD is one terabyte and it’s very expensive. The maximum capacity of an HDD can reach four terabytes, which is very cheap compared to an SSD.
Solutions and prices for upgrading to SSD
First of all, upgrading to SSD is always the smartest decision and a solution to make your computer run faster. It will cost you a little more money, but will save you a lot of nerves and time. As a result you can enjoy your work MUCH more with your laptop or desktop PC. You won’t regret it!
Solutions and prices vary from computer to computer.
After replacing an HDD with an SSD, your laptop will demonstrate much faster performance, such as more expensive and faster laptops do!
In case the laptop has an option for two hard drives we recommend adding an SSD with a new operating system on it, or moving the operating system from the old drive to the new SSD drive. The HDD can be kept as a data storage.
Even better solution for all computers would be to replace completely an HDD with an SSD big enough to store a lot of data and OS, but it would be more expensive than adding an SSD with smaller capacity.
We offer the same service for desktop PCs: We add an SSD with a new operating system or transfer the old OS from the HDD to the SSD.
The cheapest and smartest solution for a much faster Laptop with plenty of storage is to replace the HDD drive by an SSD with the capacity of 128-250 GB and then place the operating system on it. This solution is very hot now and we are doing this on many laptops, including MacBooks and iMac computers.
The price is calculated on each computer individually (laptop, MacBook or iMac), according to the type and the capacity of the SSD, and the amount of work that needs to be done.
Contact us today and we will provide you with the best and cheapest solution to upgrade your computer by replacing an HDD with an SSD.