Speed up PC performance with an SSD Hard Drive

I’m going to get a little technical here, so bear with me. Your computer can be slow for a variety of reasons; Malware, memory residents, and old age being three of the biggest reasons. One you may not have considered is the speed of your hard drive. Most home and business users have drives that run either 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM. Solid State Drives (SSD drives) run up to 30% faster than 7200 RPM mechanical drives, are noiseless and have no moving parts. Imagine tasks like starting your computer, saving and opening files, etc. taking 30% less time to happen.

The “old” type of hard drives use a mechanical (read: moving parts) head that moves across the surface of the drive to read and write to it. If the drive is jostled in any way during a read or write function it can damage the disk or the head. Over time, mechanical parts wear out. In fact, if you have gotten more than three years out of a mechanical drive, you are probably beating the odds.

SSD hard drives have no moving parts. They’re essentially a big flash memory stick like the ones you probably have stuffed in a drawer somewhere. The big reason we aren’t all using them already is their expense, but now they are dropping to less than $1 per GB, which puts them in the affordable range. Someone in my office found a 256GB SSD hard drive for less than $100. Your mileage may vary, but if the price is anywhere close to that, it is worth consideration.

The perfect candidate for this consideration would be a two-three year old PC that is clean from malware but still seems a little slow. We can procure the drive, make an image of your current hard drive and push that image down onto the new SSD drive. You might even be able to keep your old drive in your PC for extra storage.

This solution is not a “cure-all.” Some machines are too old for this to make a difference. It is the perfect solution, however, when we can determine that the bottleneck is not related to memory or processor speed. I’m always careful to tell people that increasing the amount of memory will not increase the machine’s speed, but it WILL affect the overall performance. Replacing the hard drive WILL increase the speed of your computer.

If you have a computer that you think could benefit from a new hard drive, or just have questions about hardware performance in general, contact us today.

Bill Robinson
Sr. Network Administrator at IntegrativeIT
Bill Robinson is the Sr. Network Administrator at Integrative It. Bill has been helping businesses in the Boulder Valley and North Denver Metro Area with their IT needs since 2002. When not working or taking care of his kids, Bill loves to hike and watch movies.