Designed to replace traditional hard drives, SSDs use flash memory to deliver dramatically improved performance and durability. Since there are lots of small, moving parts inside your hard drive – magnetic heads, spindles and spinning platters – it’s easy for things to go wrong, and it’s easier to lose your important files and data. If you’re looking to keep your data safe and improve the performance of your system, here are four reasons why you might want to consider an SSD.

Increased speed. Without moving parts to slow your computer down, SSDs aren’t just faster; they’re ready to go when you are. SSDs offer instant-load performance, meaning faster boot times, faster application loading times, and better system responsiveness.

Increased reliability and durability. With traditional hard drives, the continuous motion generated by small moving parts creates heat, which is a leading factor in hard drive failure. Because SSDs don’t have moving parts, they’re more reliable and more vibration/shock-resistant than traditional hard drives. They’re also more resistant to common drops, accidents, and wear and tear since they don’t have the small, susceptible parts of traditional hard drives. If you happened to drop your laptop and it had an SSD installed, your screen would probably break before the SSD. That’s SSD durability.

Increased efficiency. Since SSDs have no moving parts, they require less power to operate, which means you’ll get longer battery life. They’re even quieter, too.

Increased portability. Since SSDs weigh less than hard drives, they’re more mobile-friendly and they help make laptops and Ultrabooks easier to carry. With lightweight components and solid construction, SSDs are built to handle the rigors of constant travel.

The bottom line: SSDs provide near-instant speeds, help keep your data secure with increased reliability, and offer increased energy efficiency and portability. In short, they’re a lot better than hard drives!


Crucial: Computer Memory, Storage, and Tech Advice

Published on Aug 22, 2013