Why you need a Solid State Drive (SSD) in Dunfermline and Fife

If you feel your computer or laptop is running slow in Dunfermline, Fife, then a Solid State Hardrive is most likely the solution to your problems.

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are currently the fastest form of storage available, and can give your system a massive boost in application and OS load times, data-transfer speeds and overall system responsiveness. Their lightning speed comes from using flash memory chips, which unlike traditional hard drives have no moving parts. This makes them more reliable, smaller, lighter and less power hungry. – https://www.scan.co.uk/

So what is a Solid State Drive?

In your older laptop, your hard drive is where your Windows operating system sits, as well as all your programs, files, photos, videos, and music. A traditional hard drive is a mechanical beast with a spinning disk that spins thousands of times per second.  Because of this, they’re rather fragile and sensitive to being dropped and in terms of lifespan, it’s a case of ‘when’ it’s going to fail rather than if.  Because it’s mechanical and contains a spinning disk, it’s much slower than an SSD.

Windows needs to read and write to the hard drive continuously in order to run. Then theres your programs and even your own actions that require read write access to the disk.

With an SSD, many of these issues are eliminated, and as well as having a drive that’s more robust and less subject to failure, read/write tasks are much much quicker.

So what’s the downside?

A year ago, it would have been cost and capacity, but as of writing, August 2019, the cost of SSD’s has fallen dramatically making them just as affordable as traditional drives.  Capacity is also no longer a real factor as a 500GB SSD is relatively cheap.  Keep in mind though, if you use a laptop with a 500GB traditional hard drive, chances are you’re not even using half of that. At the time of writing, a 250GB SSD is coming in at the frighteningly low price of £35.

The main drawback, if you’re thinking of replacing your traditional hard drive is the fact you’ll be starting from scratch. In other words, once installed, Windows or OSX will need to be reinstalled as well as all the software you installed and used on your old drive. You’ll also need to backup all your personal data prior to upgrading, then copy it back to your new SSD.

That said, it’s a great thing to do from time to time. There’s nothing faster than a fresh, clean install of Windows or OSX on a SSD.  All those gremlins you previously had will be banished and you’ll be delighted with how fast your computer is running. Startup time? Blink and you might miss it!

If this isn’t something you have the confidence to do yourself, no problem. Let us do it for you.