I have done several of these upgrades for customers over the past year. Now I want to share the good news with all of you.
Traditional, rotational HDD’s (hard disk drives) are becoming a thing of the past. Our smart phones and tablets use flash based SSDs (solid state drives). Frankly, when you spend a lot of time on a tablet or smartphone, switching back to the computer can seem really slow. It’s not the speed we have gotten use to.
Additionally, a traditional HDD can just get slow after 2 or 3 years. It may not have died but its gets "arthritis" so to speak. Replacing that hard drive with a SSD can be the right medicine that you need.
A stunning example of this improvement was seen at a job I did earlier in the week. A client had a 3 year old Dell Optiplex desktop. She complained that it had gotten slow. I confirmed that the client had no viruses and no corruption in the Windows operating system.
After replacing the original hard drive with the SSD, a cold boot (meaning from a completely powered off state) took 18 seconds to get to the Windows desktop. Waking up from sleep to the Windows desktop took 6 seconds wow!!
Whom can I upgrade with an SSD?
Windows: Most laptops and desktops
Macs: Any pre-Retina MacBooks or Mac Book Pros. Please ask if you are unsure which model you have. All Retina MacBook Pros already come with SSDs. iMacs are a bit tricky. The hard drives can be replaced to improve performance but I would need to bring your iMac to a 3rd party shop. They are a nightmare to repair.
SSD prices have recently come down.
The 120 GB model — San Disk — that I got from Amazon for customer this week was under $60.
For clients with a lot of photos or documents — a 240 GB drive is under $90.
a 500 GB drive is typically under $200 or slightly more.
After we discussed the appropriate size drive for you and if an SSD would work in your situation, I would be very comfortable with letting you order the part and just having me come to do the work.
There is nothing like a Solid State Drive.