I have always had a problem with being a bit impatient when it comes to computers. I want to get the best out of my computer and want it to be as fast and reliable as possible. Most computers come with a standard HDD (Hard Disk Drive) which is not bad and meets the required needs of most ‘Muggles’ although if you want fast boot-up/Shut-downs, noise reduction, lower power consumption and up to 9x faster program launching you would benefit greatly from switching to an SSD (Solid State Drive).

What is a SSD?

Many people beleive that SSD’s are a new thing, and have only been available for the past few years. In fact the technology they use has been around for a long time. SSD’s use flash storage, which is also used by USB thumb drives, often called flash drives. Where as hard drives have moving parts, SSD’s do not. Meaning they can read data a lot faster by comparison. They are also alot more shock resistant. The cost per GB is also significantly higher. You could get a 120GB SSD for the price you could get a 1TB hard drive.

But is it worth it?

You don’t have to buy a top of the range SSD to see the benefits from it, what I would recommend is using an SSD as your main computer storage, even if it only has around 30GB. This is because you can store your OS on that SSD, so your operating system would be very fast in starting up, general usage and shutting down. You could also install some of your most used and most demaing software on the SSD, so that will also work really quickly. You could then use a secondary hard drive for data storage and smaller programs, as they will not require much speed.

Which SSD did I buy?

I purchased SanDisk Ultra 120GB SF-1200 SSD for £63.00 ($98.00). From the moment I fitted this SSD I immediately noticed the sheer speed of the SSD as I Installed my operating system in just 10 minutes. After setting up the operating system it still managed to shock me at just how fast it was able to install and open programs.

In conclusion I would highly recommend this SSD or any other for that matter to anyone looking to improve their computer, here is a short list of some other specifications of the SSD;

  • Up to 280 MB/sec Read
  • Up to 270 MB/sec Write
  • Launches applications up to 9x faster
  • Quicker system boot-up and shut down when compared to 7200 RPM Hard Drives
  • Noise reduction for a quite drive operation
  • Consumes low power for cooler operation
  • Extended battery life for laptops