Benefits of a Solid State Drive (SSD)

Are you in the market for a newer, faster computer, or perhaps thinking about upgrading your current one? Computers should be so advanced these days that anything you do on them should happen almost instantly. The introduction of Solid-State Drives, or SSDs, is the easiest and most effective way to speed up any computer. If you’ve never heard of SSDs before, then continue reading for some of the main benefits that they provide.

The first and most obvious SSD benefit is that they provide a much-needed boost of speed. While Solid State Drives have the same function that regular hard drives do — storing files and other information — the way they go about doing it is much more efficient. While traditional hard drives have relied on spinning discs that use magnetism to store information (in addition to many other moving parts), an SSD simply uses electronic signals to store data. There are no moving parts in an SSD.

The speed increase is impressive. When you install a Solid State Drive in a standard computer, you can expect it to boot up in 10 seconds or less in most cases, as opposed to the 50+ seconds that traditional hard drives require. Opening programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel is almost instantaneous.

Not only are solid state drives faster than traditional hard drives, but they’re more durable as well. As mentioned before, an SSD has no moving parts that could break if it’s dropped or shaken. While a traditional hard drive could be broken beyond repair, including data loss, in those situations. Also, while regular hard drives have a tendency to wear out over the years, an SSD is manufactured in such a way that most consumers can expect consistent performance over time.

If you are still using a conventional hard drive, there has never been a better time to upgrade. Prices for SSDs have finally dropped to under $1 per Gigabyte, making them one of the best hardware upgrades available.

If you’ve been wanting a way to speed up your computer, or to guarantee that your new one is fast, pick up a Solid State Drive. You’ll be glad you did!

Attribute SSD(Solid State Drive) HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
Power Draw / Battery Life Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery
Cost Expensive, $1.00 per gigabyte (based on buying a 240GB drive)
Only around $0.075 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)
Capacity Typically not larger than 512GB for notebook size drives Typically 500GB – 2TB for notebook size drives
Operating System Boot Time
Around 22 seconds average bootup time Around 40 seconds average bootup time
Noise There are no moving parts and as such no sound Audible clicks and spinning can be heard
Vibration No vibration as there are no moving parts The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration
Heat Produced Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw
Failure Rate Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours
File Copy / Write Speed Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 500 MB/s for cutting edge drives The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s
Encryption Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models
File Opening Speed Up to 30% faster than HDD Slower than SSD
Magnetism Affected? An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism Magnets can erase data