How many times have you faced such problems ?
1. Clicking on Adobe Photoshop Editor & waiting……. & waiting for it to launch completely almost after 40 to 50 seconds…..!
2. It is really ridiculous when you need to boot your laptop quickly to answer to somebody on the phone and ultimately you are left with no other option other than asking him/her to call back a few minutes later.
3. Loading a heavy game or installing a heavy software may take the hell out of you if you are still using a standard HDD with 5400 rpm.
Come to the fast world!
With every new softwares or upgrades being bulkier in size than the previous ones, fairly fast storage options in terms of reading and writing speeds are the real necessities of the hour.
Well, SSDs ( Solid State Drives ) are not new to the market. Didn’t you know ? Then, its high time you got accustomed to it.
Previous generation SSDs have already been into business since half a decade. Though the exceptionally high pricing and non-availability of larger storage volume had always kept their counterpart ahead in the competition, the scenario has already changed drastically in the last few years since the lauch of latest generation SSDs with higher reading & writing speeds along with the abundance of much larger storage volume.
In business environments, SSDs are more than a necessity because a single second delay may dictate the profit & loss statements of the company. This does not mean SSDs are not demanding for home users. More often than not you would realize the positives of having such a fast storage option in your home desktop too.
SSDs use a pure NAND flash storage unlike optical disks in standard HDDs. A mechanical spinning motion in terms of the rotational speed of the spinning throb on the optical disk limits the total reading and writing speed for a standard HDD. 7200 rpm HDDs are probably the fastest hard disk drive options available in the market, that can provide a maximum reading & writing speed of around 30 Mbps. Whereas the previous generation SSDs had already been known for high reading and writing speeds of around 130 to 150 Mbps.
Basically, SSDs come with a SATA II / SATA III compatibity.
SATA II has a bandwidth of 3.0 Gbps
SATA III has a bandwidth of 6.0 Gbps.
Obviously, to get the best out of an SSD, it is mandatory to go for the SATA III port compatibility.
Even now, SSDs do come with a premium price tagging, but it is woth spending the money to achieve a lightning fast speed for storage options.
With latest processors i.e. CPUs from Intel, AMD, etc being exceptionally fast, even SSDs fall much short of speed, in terms of maintaining a concurrency with storage options. HDDs are simply out of question.
SSDs along with SATA III can achieve a maximum reading & writing speed of around 500 Mbps.
Wondering how can this affect you in a day-to-day work ?
1. Imagine how many times it is faster than your HDD. Well, in that case, the normal booting time of your PC or laptop with windows 7 ( say ) can be brought down from almost 50 seconds to around 8 seconds !
2. Launching of Adobe photoshop will just be a matter of a single click. Isn’t that great ?
3. Installing Windows 7 might take only 5 minutes or so…..
Though these 3 reasons should be enough for you to upgrade to an SSD, there are tons of other exciting benefits you would enjoy once you start riding on the lightning fast speed of an SSD.
Here are some of the best available budget-friendly SSDs in the present market :
1. Samsung Series 840 :
120 GB – Rs. 6300
250 GB – Rs. 11400
2. Kingston Hyperx 3k
120 GB – Rs. 13000
3. OCZ agility 3 :
60 GB : Rs. 4700
4. Corsair neutron GTX :
120 GB – Rs. 9700
5. Sandisk Xtreme SSD :
128 GB – Rs. 9600
Yah ! Some may not find these to be budget-friendly, but still I would suggest going with it for some long term benefits.
Alternatively, since high volume SSDs still come at very high prices, you can think of having two internal hard drives. Yes ! Infact it provides a much better solution for your hard earned money…!
Choose a low volume yet faster SSD ( may be 64 GB or a 128 GB )for your primary storage drive ( the one from which you should boot your computer, store important applications and softwares ). Think of it as your C: drive.
Then, you can again choose a much larger volume ( say 2 TB ) standard HDD as your secondary storage drive for storing your movies, videos, any extra stuff. A 2TB HDD can come at a much cheaper price than even a 250 GB SSD.
This way you can effectively and efficiently plan your budget and move on.
Nowadays, even SSDs with SATA III port compatibiliy can not satisfy the needs of extremely important business functions or even some computer geeks….!
Well, solutions for them are also ready in the market…..!
Lets talk about those super lightning fast computers & how that is possible in my next article.
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