SSD or Solid-State Drive, as they say, is relatively newer technology but in fact, its origin dates back to 1950. It had emerged during the era of Vacuum tube computers. In one form or another, SSD has been part of computer evolution. Rather than digging stories about its early developments, let us see why we need to upgrade our system with SSD. When buying SSD, we encounter several questions, we ask ourselves – Do I really need this ? Is it worth spending this much money in buying SSD ? Is it stable than HDD? Will it make any remarkable difference? Since the technology is claimed new and expensive, we feel confused about our decision to proceed with buying SSD..
10 Features of SSD over HDD : Why should you buy SSD ?
- 10. How do you feel when you have a very high-end desktop or laptop with windows 7 installed and when you see your WEI (Windows Experience Index) and get base score of about 5.9 just because of slower HDD whereas all other scores are more than 6.5 ? (Moral of the story is – If you have a high end computer, you must have a high-end storage drive which is SSD )
- 9. How do you feel when you want to do something very urgently on your computer but your windows is taking hell a lot of time to boot ? When you start an application and you are stuck at splash screen for more than few seconds ? (Moral of the story is – SSD makes remarkable difference by speeding up booting of windows and loading of applications)
- 8. SSD doesn’t contain any moving parts so it is more resistant to shocks and vibration. It doesn’t require any special cooling in normal scenario. It can even work well at high altitude. It doesn’t generate noise. It is more reliable (Its reliability is questionable as well according to few experts. They say that HDD is equally reliable, even HDD gives you warning prior to going dead/defective – We all know how many times have our HDD’s really given warning ;) )
- 7. Low latency, instananeous start-up time, random access, higher IOPS, very high data transfer rate are some of the exquisites of SSD. Consumer level SSD’s sport read/write speed of upto 6 Gbps.
- 6. If you’re a power computer user (you work for more than 4 hours on computer) you should upgrade to SSD because for you time saving, efficiency and faster output are the topmost priorities. Further the difference would be very much noticeable.
- 5. If you’re a gamer, you should go for SSD (but chosing the right SSD is vital as well.)
- 4. SSD consume less power so adding battery life to your portable computer i.e. laptop.
- 3. Latest operating systems and programs/softwares are all programmed to make the best use of the amazing speed of SSD.
- 2. You don’t need to defragment SSD unlike HDD.
- 1. Ask another SSD user. Ask me (I am also a SSD user ;) ) You’ll always get positive reply.
If this article sounds biased, let me tell you, it is not. This is true that certain system freezes abruptly and exhibit instability when a new SSD is added but such problems have fixes and such problems generally occur due to conflict with system BIOS settings or drivers or maybe firmware level problems. Such problems can be fixed by tweaking your system (making changes in os settings). Even SSD manufactures release firmware updates for their drives to make them stable on every possible computer systems. Even I have had problems in the beginning on my Dell xps laptop with OCZ vertex 3 SSD but I upgraded its firmware, researched a lot about possible causes and finally found fix. Now my system is stable and doesn’t hang or crash or freeze abruptly or say, such system hangs are very occasional now. So, overall, take my advice – SSD is worthy upgrade but chosing the right SSD as per your requirements is also important.
If you have to convince someone to buy SSD, refer him to this article. I am sure he’ll change his mind. If not, put your comment below ;)