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Slow Laptop – fit an SSD

ssd vs hdd

If you have an older laptop (or even a Desktop PC for that matter) you may find that over time it doesn’t run as quick as it used to do maybe 2 or 3 years ago when it was new, so if you have a Slow Laptop – fit an SSD !

Laptops used to be shipped with a Hard Disk Drive which stored all your data, Windows files and programs.

Traditionally was made up of spinning physical disks that store the data onto the disks using magnetic energy, a bit like a VHS cassette.

As technology has progressed, newer disks are used which are called an SSD (Solid State Drive). It’s the “solid” bit that’s the key term in SSD: these drives are made up from fixed flash memory that has no moving parts, like the storage inside a smartphone or USB stick (it’s not exactly the same technology, but it’s similar). Access to data is controlled by an integrated processor built into the drive.

While  SSD technology offers a lot of benefits over HDDs (see below), until recently it’s been significantly more expensive for the same amount of storage. That’s now changed a little, which is why more and more laptops and desktops now come with SSDs installed. This makes an easy and relatively inexpensive upgrade as an SSD is very very fast at storing and retrieving data, and as such when fitted to an older laptop can give it new life and make it run nice and fast like new.

That’s also why SSDs are being implemented in consoles, because vast amounts of game data needs to be read and written to disk on a constant basis. And that’s also why both Sony and Microsoft have been very particular with the storage standards for the new consoles.

The process of this “upgrade” is relatively simple. HDD is replaced with a new SSD and Windows is reinstalled onto the new SSD and your data copied over to it.

As we move more to online storage, like Dropbox, Onedrive, Google Drive etc, SSD’s don’t have to be as large as your current drive.

I would recommend and SSD of at least 128GB to safely accommodate Windows and your programs.

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