Buying a New Hard Disk? Here’s Why You Should Go for an SSD

A Solid State Drive (SDD) remains one of the most significant ways of giving your computer and laptop a massive performance boost. And there’s no time like the present to upgrade to one, thanks to low prices for SSDs.

What makes the SSDs so faster?

SSDs are like Ferraris. They work fast because unlike normal hard disks, they possess no moving parts like a spinning platter or a moving head. This means a SSD can read/write at blistering fast speeds without searching for the required bit of data first. SSDs can read or write data from any location and that too without any delay.

This means boot times of less than 10-20 seconds based on hardware configurations. That means faster loading times in games. Your programs and files launch a lot faster. And even your web browsing becomes smoother. And the list goes on.

Why get them now when they’ve been around for so long?

Now’s a good time because when SSDs first became reality, the high price tag / low storage space combo made it a product for hardware enthusiasts only. Plus the tech behind it was relatively new and needed to iron out some kinks.

Now SSDs have become affordable for everyone and the tech behind it has matured as well. Even larger capacity SSDs.

Just 5 years ago a measly 80 GB SSD would’ve set you back Rs. 60,000/- . Now, you can get a 120GB one from Kingston for Rs. 6200/-*.

But wait you say. At that price we can get a 1TB mechanical hard drive with greater storage space!

Indeed, that is very much correct so. SSDs excel at speed more than anything. Mechanical drives still are king when it comes to raw storage capacity.

When it comes down to it, the best way to utilize SDDs is for operating system and program files. And mechanical hard drives can be used for data storage. Using them both in conjunction is the way to go.

This all just boils down to a matter of personal preference and usage requirements. And of course, budget considerations as well.

Concluding Thoughts

There are many SSDs available in the market. If you are looking to boost your computer or laptop performance then upgrading to an SSD can help. Installing SSDs in desktops is easy and they can co-exist side by side with your old mechanical drive. For laptops, you might want to consider getting an additional external hard drive or a going for a hybrid hard drive (that’s a separate article altogether). If you are looking to keep your computer / laptop running like the Road Runner for the next few years, get an SSD today.

*Prices are subject to change based on market conditions

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  • If I am not wrong we need to have SSD enabled motherboard which has SSD port on it, correct? Need advise.

  • Thats worth a try. Well, what are the data lost chances regarding a corrupt file system, an electric surge, hardware failure of an SSD..

    And the recovery ?? Is it possible ?? If yes, then to what extent?

    • Samsumg > Intel/Crucial SSD’s are the only reliable ssd’s. Kingston/Corsair ssd drives have high failure rate due to sandforce controllers, Though Intel used sandforce controllers but Intel has managed it nicely.

    • SSDs have higher longevity compared to HDDs. Though you can’t say for certain when either of storage device would fail. Most of the times, brands matter as said in the comment below this.

  • still SSD are expansive .. but i will appreciate if you can share a process in which i may get some 40 or 80 GB SSD for C drive (Windows) for rest normal HDD is ok.

    • Just pull your normal sata hard drive fron your laptop and buy 2.5 inch ssd drive and plug that into apace done

  • According to an old article that I read on Anandtech, Kingston SSD’s (especially the one mentioned above) use a chepear quality nand to keep the price low which results in much lower performance than a, say, Samsung or an Intel SSD and also has a much higher rate of failure. Just browse on Pak Gamer if you don’t believe me.

    • I use Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB; It has been faithful to me so far.
      Regarding performance, obviously if you want to compromise on price, you’ll see performance drop. But not as much as it may sound.
      Coming from an HDD, it is blazing fast, no issues at all.

  • 3 months ago I bought new laptop and it has no hard drive , no dvd rom which was optional and now a days no body need it.
    It has SD card of 1 TB attach with motherboard and is removable through tray just like dvd rom

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    This Made Me Real Angry!!!

  • Nice but you forgot to mention SSHD. SSHD stand for solid-state hybrid drive. It’s a traditional hard disk with a small amount of solid-state storage built in, typically 8GB. The drive appears as a single device to Windows (or any other operating system), and a controller chip decides which data is stored on the SSD and what’s left on the HDD.(GOOGLE).. You should also mention some performance comparison of HDD vs SSD vs SSHD.

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