• Norm McLaughlin

Time for an SSD?


In my opinion the best upgrade possible for an aging computer is to replace its old hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD). In fact, this is a great upgrade even for a computer that’s not that old at all. The old hard drives are electro-mechanical, with moving parts, and won’t last for ever. They may get through thousands or even tens of thousands of hours of use but will eventually wear out. They’re also susceptible to failure should your computer be dropped or get bumped in the wrong way. Solid State Drives, on the other hand, have no moving parts, are more resistant to physical shock, and they’re also completely silent. Most importantly, they run much faster, with speeds in the region of ten times faster compared to the traditional drives.


I’ve carried out this upgrade for lots of clients and never yet seen someone disappointed with the result. Perhaps you’re used to going off to make a cup of tea or coffee while you wait for your computer to start up. The first thing you’ll notice following installation of an SSD is how quickly your computer comes to life. When performing this upgrade on your desktop computer, laptop or Mac, I would typically do it in one of two ways. We could clone your existing system to the SSD, which means that everything will be there and look exactly the same when you start your computer up, but run much faster. Or we could reinstall the operating system to your new SSD, followed by the applications you need, and then copy your files across from the old drive. This would likely result in an even greater performance improvement as you would avoid bringing across any of the issues present in your current system.


Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to breathe new life into your computer with an SSD.

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