Solid State Drives' Price/Perfomance Ratio at All-Time High

by Jerry Townson 9. December 2013 18:02

What’s the situation?

Solid state drives, or SSDs, are a fairly recent innovation in the data storage market. The few consumer SSDs available were flatly inferior to traditional fixed-disk storage drives until just a few years ago. Today, however, an SSD is one of the best investments you can make in improving your computer’s performance.

The first thing the end user will notice about an SSD is the sound. Fixed disks are noisy, as seeking data requires physical spinning of the disk. SSDs are silent. That alone is a great improvement, but by far the biggest difference between solid state media and disk media is the speed of data access. Unlike fixed-disk drives, which have a limited amount of physical space near the read/write heads and can only store a fraction of their data capacity there, SSDs use the same technology as USB flash drives to access all of their data at incredible speeds, so time-consuming defragmentation is not as necessary. The increased data access rate dramatically improves the efficiency of everyday tasks, particularly if the operating system is installed on the SSD, this can result in much faster boot-up times!

SSDs are also a great choice for mobile users looking for a more rugged laptop or notebook, since their lack of moving parts makes them durable, lightweight and quiet, and they fit into a small form factor case or a portable computer. For a reliable, portable solution that won’t use up much power, an SSD is a great improvement over a fixed disk, especially if you need to use your portable computer in a dangerous environment. An accidental drop of a foot or two means much less to an SSD than an easily broken fixed disk.

What does all this mean for the end user and what should I do about it?

If your computer is running slowly and nothing short of upgrading your hardware will solve it, besides adding RAM-  an SSD is a fantastic investment.  In short, if you want to see improved performance and reliability all while using less power- and all in a smaller, quieter  and much more  rugged form factor- then it really make sense  to go with  an SSD.  You may even consider adding an SSD along with your standard hard drive.  Install your operating system and programs that you use most frequently on the SSD, and keep larger files on your existing hard drive.  Even a small form factor chassis will accommodate both a standard hard drive and an SSD.  Our preferred brands are Intel and Samsung, whose products consistently come out ahead in performance tests. As always, you can contact us with questions about your specific situation.