Solid State Drive

SSD (or Solid State Drive) is the new trend at the moment in the world of computers, held back by its high introductory prices. As those prices keep coming down, holding on to a traditional hard drive is not a wise decision any more. In layman terms, SSDs are fast and silent, and consume less power.

Why would anyone ditch his/her trusted hard drive and go for a SSD? Because the time saved will deem it a worthy decision. Booting Windows/Mac OS from a SSD takes around 30% of the same time needed when booting from the usual hard drive with its rotating platters and moving parts. Launching applications is nearly instantaneous, and you do not torture yourself with the constant noise coming from the hard drive with its spinning platters.

Solid State Drive = less power consumption

You also gain on the power consumption front, as SSDs are known to consume less power. SSDs also come in smaller sizes, usually 2.5” and 1.8”. Suffice to say that users who upgraded to SSD can not imagine their lives relying on the old traditional hard drives.

When you embrace the idea, you might start to worry about which SSD to buy and trust, or which capacity should you settle with. But the most terrifying question is: would you lose all of your data if you install a new SSD?

Solid State Drive: To Clone Or Not To Clone

Thankfully, many trusted and tried free applications are there to make a carbon copy of your old drive, and copy it to your new SSD (those are called disk cloning software). I’ve done a thorough research on this point, and found that Macrium Reflect FREE Edition is your best option. I’ve been using it on various and different hard drives, internal and external, and it never failed me.

Solid State Drive: Prices Keep Falling

Now comes the most critical issue: PRICE. Once again, I’ve searched high and low, and found out that Amazon wins the day once again. Newegg.com might be a dollar or two cheaper, but Newegg mainly serves the American markets, and not the whole world, unlike Amazon. Same applies for many other online stores. Read on.

Buying from Amazon has its perks. SSDs either work or die. You can buy a new SSD, install it, and then it dies on you. Then you shall need to ship it back to the vendor and wait for a replacement. If that happen, the least you need is a customer support techie asking you silly questions over the email. Amazon support is (usually) straight forward and your replacement SSD will head your way soon enough after reporting the incident.

Read also:

SSD of choice in 2010: Intel 160GB X25M
SanDisk Ultra II 480 GB review

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