For decades we’ve used a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to store our computer files. These drives are made with one or more rotating disks and mechanical arms (picture if you will an old record player). These electro-mechanical devices are known to fail inevitably, typically because of moving parts that seize.

A new computer storage device called a Solid State Drive (SSD) is now available to take the place of the hard disk drive on desktop, laptop, and server computers.

The solid state drives are somewhat more expensive and may have lower storage capacity but are worth considering due to the following advantages:

1. Performance – Faster computer start-up, operation, and file access
2. Reliability – No moving parts
3. Reduced Power Consumption and Heat – Less energy needed, longer battery life
4. Ruggedness – Not nearly as delicate nor sensitive to vibration or movement

When upgrading from a HDD to a SSD the existing HDD can be reused. It can become a backup drive or can become your data drive housing your documents, pictures, videos, and music while the new SDD drive houses your operating system and applications. We ask questions and recommend the best configuration for the customer based on their wants and needs.

We recently upgraded both a laptop and a desktop computer to a SSD. The performance improvements were impressive. Computer start-up time was reduced 40%, virus scan by 49%, and file search by 28%. These significant improvements make the user more efficient day-in and day-out.

Continue to backup your computers on a regular basis. Regardless of the type of hard drive you use, any drive can fail. Furthermore, hard drive failure is only one of the reasons that backups are essential.

Click link for a brief video: Intel SSD Video

Click link for a laptop drop test video: Intel SSD Drop Test Video