Why should you consider an SSD

Posted: 16/10/2017 00:00:00 by Richard Davis

We’ve recently been asked several times about SSD drives so I decided to do a blog post on why you should consider getting an SSD for PC/ Laptop and outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of an SSD.

SSD or Solid-State Drives use flash memory which help to deliver a much better performance compared with the normal HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Since SSD’s don’t have any moving parts that over time could fail, they offer a wide range of cost effective benefits to every computer user. Below are some advantages and disadvantages as to why you should consider an SSD.

Advantages

Faster than hard disk drives
As SSDs don’t have any mechanical parts, it is considerably faster than an HDD. This is one advantage of an SSD. An SSD is 25 to 100 times faster than a normal HDD. This means that the laptop will boot up fast, quicker file transfers and greater bandwidth.

Low power consumption
An HDD will consume more power because it relies on the rotation of the metal platter for reading and writing data. An SSD has no moving parts and doesn’t require mechanical work to become operational and therefore consumes less power. This means that an SSD is suitable for energy efficient computers and electronic devices.

No noise while in operation
Because SSDs don’t have a rotating metal platter to store data and a moving read arm makes an SSD very quiet whilst it’s in operation. Also with the rotation of the metal platter and the back and forth movement of read arm creates noise and even vibrations.

Disadvantages

More expensive than normal hard drives
An SSD is more expensive than an HDD and this is one of the main drawbacks of a solid-state drive. When you compare a HDD to an SSD which have a similar storage capacity it can be twice as much in terms of price. And because SSDs are more expensive it means that the price for a computer/ laptop will be higher.

Limited Storage
The SSDs which are currently available have limited storage capacity. Computers or laptops with an SSD will usually have a storage capacity of 128GB. By having higher storage capacity this contributes to the overall price of the computer being higher. You can however though get a SSD which has a capacity of 4TB but these are very rare and expensive.

Shorter lifespan
An SSD has a limited write cycle and the flash memory of the SSD can only be used for a finite number of writes. An SSD cannot write a single bit of information without erasing and then rewriting very large blocks of data at one time. As each cell goes through this cycle, it becomes more useless, however this decaying process does not affect the read capability of the SSD.

Find out more about an SSD today by calling us on 01865 364995 to speak to a member of our team.

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