Solid State Drives: What You Need to Know

I am by no means a computer expert and in writing this blog I only hope to make technology a little less overwhelming for everyone. We shouldn’t be afraid to fiddle around with our tech and see how things work. In this post I’ll be talking about what an SSD is and what makes them different from the standard storage medium of the Hard Disk Drive.

First of all the most important thing to note is that when thinking of an SSD, it works much like your standard SD or micro SD card that exists inside most smart phones and handhelds. To simply put it, the SSD uses flash based memory while the standard HDD contains a spinning disc inside with a thin metal arm above it that is used to read and write information. SSD’s have faster read and write speeds because they don’t require the mechanical movement of the HDD. SSD’s are also much more durable and less prone to damage due to physical shock.

Currently, SSD’s are still pretty new so they can be pricey. It might not always be the best investment, but it sure can help you out if you are working with large files on your computer constantly. The other new factor is whether your current HDD is connected via SATA 2 or SATA 3. It isn’t really important to know what that is though. The gist of it is that SATA is an internal connector port that connects the storage medium to the motherboard. SATA 2 and SATA 3 are compatible with each other so it isn’t that big of an issue. The difference between 2 and 3 though is that SATA 2 works at a maximum 3GB/s and SATA 3 works at a maximum 6GB/s. If your laptop has a SATA 2 connector all that means is that if you connect a SATA 3 SSD then it will only work at the SATA 2 speeds.

Sorry for losing some of you on that slightly technical part. In summation, if you are looking to update your HDD to an SSD, all you need to be aware of is the SATA connector and that any SATA SSD will be compatible, but at reduced speed if you are using non matching SATA.

With most laptops being very simply put together these days its easy for the user to upgrade things like storage and ram. As long as you know what type is compatible with your system, then you shouldn’t have a problem. Always remember this one thing though, REMEMBER TO NOTE WHERE EVERY SINGLE SCREW GOES, cause its not so much fun trying to figure it out after their fact! Oh, and be really careful, have a backup of your computer ready for a worst case scenario and know that you probably spent a lot of money on your computer and you better be delicate with it.

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