Technically Speaking

The key to happiness!

Well, let’s clarify. If happiness required a multitude of keys, this might be one that plays a really small role. Still, a role nonetheless.

Let us talk about the wonderful world of Solid State Drives, or SSDs.  Solid State Drives are a type of storage device, an alternative to traditional hard drives.  

Here’s what you really need to know: THEY ARE FAST. REALLY FAST. YOU SHOULD USE THEM.

That’s really all you need to know, but feel free to keep reading to dive a little deeper.

Basically, solid state drives are kind of like a USB memory stick or an SD card you’d put in your camera or phone. Unlike traditional hard drives, they have no moving parts. This makes them less susceptible to damage if dropped. Also, and more excitingly, they are much faster. Because a traditional hard drive has to use moving parts to access your data, it cannot read or write as fast as a Solid State Drive. Lastly, they use much less power. In a laptop this is awesome because your battery will generally last 15-20% longer.

In my experience, the Samsung Evo series is absolutely fantastic. They are highly rated everywhere you look too. After putting one in my 6 year old laptop (which decreased boot time to 10 seconds, no kidding) I’ve since put one in every computer I own. Life is better and happiness is abounding. How could I not pass that on to you? It’s really a moral obligation.

Per gigabyte they are more expensive than a traditional hard drive, so if you have a ton of data to store you’ll either need to shell out some extra bucks or use both types of drives in tandem. In my desktop, which has over 3 terabytes of pictures/videos/music, I use a 120GB Solid State drive as my primary drive and a 4TB traditional hard drive as storage. The SSD has the Windows Operating System and all of the files required to run programs. The traditional hard drive has all of the big stuff (pictures/videos/music).  Someday this will be SSD too but we’re not there yet. In all of my other computers and laptops I use the 120GB SSD. At about $80, it really is worth it.

Buying a desktop with an SSD is bit of a chore still as generally only the higher priced computers ($1300 or more) have this option. Laptops and tablets can sometimes be easier. For desktops, there is always the option of buying the computer as is and then adding an SSD. Then you have an extra drive to use as storage or backup too. This requires some know-how and a simple adapter or a really awesome tech company to do it for you. I recommend the latter J


What are your thoughts?

Comment on our blog or facebook article. We’d love to hear your opinions.  Do you have an SSD in any of your devices? Macbook air, Microsoft Surface, maybe even a desktop?

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