By: Michael Growe, President, Nerdy Repair

July 28, 2015 8:05 pm EDT
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Have you considered buying a new computer due to the fact that your current PC is running a little slow? Let’s ask some questions. Does take longer to boot up now than before? Do you want a faster computer but can’t afford to drop $500 on a new PC? Are you hesitant to jump to Windows 8? Well one answer I have for you is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSD). Well what is a Solid State Hard Drive and what is the difference between a SSD and a regular Hard Drive (HDD)?

A Hard Drive Disk or HDD is what normally comes in most computers. These consist of a case made from aluminum, a logic board that transfers the data from the HHD to the motherboard of the PC, round platters (disks) that data is stored on and read/write heads on small arms that read and write data to the platters magnetically. A motor spins the platters at a high speed and the heads read or write the data on the platters saving the data you want saved or recalling the data you want displayed like you Word, Excel files or pictures. With all these moving parts, it takes a certain amount of time to save or recall the data and boot the operating system.

What is a Solid State Hard drive made of? An SSD does much the same job functionally like saving your files and booting your operating system. All the same as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data. The chips can either be built in on the PC’s motherboard like on some small laptops and ultrabooks, or in an aluminum case that is the same size and shape and wired to slot in to a laptop or desktop’s hard drive slot. Since there is no moving parts in an SSD, the data is transferred very quickly.

What performance changes will you see if you upgrade to a Solid State Hard Drive? The biggest thing you will notice is how fast your computer starts up. In my case, I installed a SSD and my boot time was knocked down to 30 seconds. So from off to on the internet in 30 seconds. That is my experience, and a good one too. Other benefits you will see is your programs like Microsoft Office will load faster as well. As for gamers, in large games, disk access may be necessary when accessing new content. Some other benefits of an SSD are lower power usage, no moving parts which means less heat produced by the machine.

Also with an SSD upgrade, you will have to re-install Windows. But this is not a bad thing. You will get a fresh, clean OEM version of Windows using your product key, all the latest updates for Windows, third party software and hardware. This means all the years of built up digital gunk will be gone adding to better performance.

Along with a SSD upgrade, I recommend upgrading the RAM (Random Access Memory) as well. Upgrading the RAM will complement the SSD. Faster web page loading, better video quality are just a couple reasons to upgrade your PC. With a SSD and RAM upgrade, you can turn your slow running PC into a faster longer lasting machine saving money on a more expensive PC.

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About the author

Michael Growe is President at Nerdy Repair, a computer and cell phone repair facility located in Safety Harbor, Florida. Nerdy Repair specializes in personal computer repairs, small business IT services, cell phone repairs, and surveillance system installations. Michael can be contacted by email at Mgrowe@NerdyRepair.com, by phone at 727-240-1700 or at his firm's website at www.nerdyrepair.com

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