Should I go SSD?

4 years ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

slc-green-house-ssd-hard-driveThis is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the primary reasons is that the SSD requires far less power to keep it running which is a huge plus if you are installing it in a laptop. You will find that an SSD will improve your battery life, because it takes less power to run an SSD over powering the older mechanical spinning drives. One of the other benefits is seek (or read) time. The SSD handles reads and writes much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart. The SSD boot times will be super fast compared to its mechanical counterpart.
Now for the other side of the coin, mechanical drives do have their uses. If you are running a desktop and need a lot of storage, the older mechanical path is your best bet. While the SSD’s are fast, they don’t have a massive storage capacity for a reasonable price. An example that I found was at Best Buy. A 1TB mechanical drive will cost you $277.00, while a 1TB SSD drive will cost you $850.00.
The bottom line – Your primary benefit right now for an SSD would be in a laptop configuration where battery power is a consideration. That being said as prices continue to drop, while size goes up, I would be all for putting an SSD in everything I own, as I have a need for speed.
What do you think? Post it in the comments.

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  • BrandonNolet

    The SSD is definitely one of the most noticeable upgrades you can do in a system. With prices on the downfall as a trend, now’s a better time than ever to upgrade!

    That said, I liked the article here, but I feel there’s quite a bit of information pertaining to how the respective device’s parts work and why one is better than the other.

    Read/write/seek speed is the big difference between the two, but it doesn’t tell the reader exactly why there’s a big difference.

    On another note, I found the article to be a bit repetitive as I went along. For example: ” The SSD handles reads and writes much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart. The SSD boot times will be super fast compared to its mechanical counterpart.” Could have been shortened out to “The SSD handles reads and write much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart making boot times less timely on the former.”

  • visualade

    Well, the question is “Should I go SSD?” If I use our own experience with SSD’s as guidance, I would say yes, if you care about drive reliability, delivery speed of data and noise reduction, then go for it! My recommendation on a desktop machine is to run two drives, an SSD as a main drive, something no larger than 256GB that you can install software on. Then a regular disk drive for storage, something between 500GB and 1TB. So long as you keep that larger drive backed up on USB, you’ll be fine if and when emergencies happen. That SSD is going to run solid for you and can probably withstand being dropped on a concrete floor, but please don’t test that theory. My recommendation for laptop is similar but void of the 2nd drive. Besides, you don’t really need a laptop with more than 256GB’s of storage, do you? If you’re storing that much on a laptop, then I fear the day that you lose said laptop while traveling through Argentina. Keep excess data on an external, you laptop lovers!

    Anyway, if cost is a concern, just keep waiting and you’ll see prices on these drives continue to plummet… which is good news for all of us!

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