Why You Should Have A Solid State Hard Drive

A Quick Pre-Text


Traditionally, a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a memory device that permanently stores and retrieves information. When they were first introduced in 1956, it would have cost you about $50,000 for the amount of storage that equates to roughly one song on your iPod.  Every computer has an internal hard drive connected to its motherboard, while external hard-drives can be connected via USB.  In general, a HDD is made up of components that include a spinning magnetic disk that allows a computer to access different parts of the drives based on user commands.  As technology has progressed, HDD’s have in many ways become obsolete due to its physical limitations on accessing memory based upon how fast its internal components can spin.  Enter the solid state hard drive.

It’s Unbelievably Faster


For the sake of making ambiguous comparisons, the speed and efficiency of a SSD compared to an HDD is the difference between playing 200 songs on vinyl records (which contain about 8 songs each A & B side, to skipping through them with an MP3 (making no assumptions about quality).  In terms of Copy/Write speeds an SSD can reach transfer speeds of up 550MB/s for high quality drives, compared to 50 – 120MB on traditional HDD.  This means that nearly everything you do that requires the movement of information will happen 3 – 5x faster such as installing software, transferring files, or rendering audio files.

It Will Make Your Computer New Again

Have you ever wondered why when you first bought your computer how quickly and effortlessly it booted up? Today, most personal and professional computers are still running on outdated technology when its comes to its critical components.  Due the slow ability of moving parts to access memory, HDD drives begin to bog down your computer once they become full.  No matter what you use your computer for, from the simplest to most resource heavy tasks, you’ll see leagues of improvement in startup speeds, application function, and your computer’s ability to multitask. Check out this boot-up and application startup of a traditional HD vs a SSD.

They Are Cheaper Than They Have Ever Been


Access to solid state hard drive has never been cheaper.  I paid about $240 for my SSD about two years ago now (Samsung 850 Evo 250GB) and since then you can get a 500GB version for about $100 cheaper. I chose this version based on its great reviews, high quality components, and reliability.  Feel free to do your own research, the market may have changed, but I would high recommend it.

If You Have a MacBook, It’s A Really Easy Upgrade

For late model MacBooks installing a new solid state drive is as easy as taking off the back cover, disconnecting the battery. Disconnect the old drive and pop in the new one. See how here:


Your Computer Will Perform At Peak Potential


Besides improving battery life, ability to handle vibration, and its overall function, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your computer by improving its ability to process and distribute information with efficiency.  Your computer is going to run at overall lower temperatures, and you’ll get a lot less annoying fan noise. If you’re trying to maximize your productivity and you’re spending time in digital domains this is really a no-brainer. Not just in your professional life, but when it comes down the overall speed and efficiency in the entirety of your digital life.