6 June, 2021
Who has never worried about his laptop or desktop PC, which is very slow to start, slow applications, unresponsive PC … simple and effective to gain PC speed, replacing your hard drive with an SSD will change your life! We rarely complain about the lack of space, but more often if the PC works very slowly. And yet just like memory, graphics card, or processor, the speed of your hard drive is important for your machine to run fast. To quickly understand why an SSD can give your computer a quick performance and boot, We invite you to try to understand the operation of a hard drive as it is still sold today.
Until recently, hard disks were only “mechanical”, several rotating physical platters, coupled with a read head ( a bit like a record player for those who have known, but more elaborate).
Major disadvantages of this type of hard drive
This type of technology is old and has been around since the 1970s, and unfortunately hasn’t evolved much like other PC components. The costs are relatively low for these drives, and allow you to have several Terabytes of data on a single drive. On the other hand, they are very slow. Access to the data is achieved through the read head, which must move without stopping for reading or writing data.
It takes several milliseconds, between 10 and 20. They heat up, because the plates rotate continuously (between 5400, 7200 revolutions/minute or more, depending on the models), and also consume a significant amount of electricity. They are noisy, due to the permanent movement of the reading comb, which produces noise pollution. It is often said that it “itches”. Finally, they are quite fragile, they bear shocks very poorly, and it is common to lose data, partially or depending on the case.
But today all this is history with the arrival of SSD hard drives …
The big question is, does an SSD make my computer faster?
This will depend above all on the hardware configuration of your PC.
To put it simply, if your computer is running Windows 10 on a platter hard drive, and you decide to replace your mechanical drive with an SSD, the performance of your old computer will be greatly increased.
Before going to your favourite computer retailer, it should be taken into account that the costs for large SSD hard drives are still high even though big drops have appeared in recent years.
For example, a 240GB SSD drive will cost you between £60 (entry-level) and £80 for a quality disc. This type of disk is more than sufficient to accommodate Windows, several office automation programs and a reasonable enough volume of data (images, documents, videos, etc.) for everyday use.
However, we are talking about 240GB. If your laptop PC is equipped with a 1TB disk, and you use the entire disk to store a lot of data, it will cost you around £120, where a hard disk drive will cost £75 …
Out of habit and so that the operation, which consists of giving a second life to your old computer, is financially interesting, we replace the main hard drive with an SSD, and keep existing, or add a mechanical hard drive to store your data…
In the end, you will have a PC that will have gained in speed at startup and which will open your applications very quickly. Long live the speed of the SSD hard drive! (on average 5 times faster than a conventional hard drive)
In practice, the sensation of speed is increased tenfold, and one has the impression of having a new machine of the latest generation. Do not hesitate to consult the excellent guide on SSDs from Geeks Callout expert and do not hesitate to contact us for advice on Replace my hard drive!
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