What a My Quick Computer upgrade can do for you

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Is your computer performing slower than you like, or are you looking for a way to boost performance? If your computer is more than a couple of years old, replacing the hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD) is one of the most reliable change you can make. It will completely change your computing experience. That said, there are some practical challenges you will need to consider before you do, so let us look further into SSD drives.


What Is an SSD?

Historically, most computers used spinning hard disk drives for permanent data storage. Theoretically, hard drives are similar to old-fashioned record players. They contain spinning platters. A part called the actuator moves a tiny arm that floats a miniscule distance above the surface of the disk platters. The read/write head on that arm magnetically reads and writes binary data on the disk. These disks spin at high rates of speed (thousands of revolutions per minute), so there are a lot of moving parts inside a hard disk drive.




Hard Disk Drives are built to last, but they do eventually wear down and wear out. Hard disk drives can also be noisy and more power, thus decreasing battery life — reasons to consider switching to an SSD especially if you are a laptop user. Spinning hard drives are also more delicate and prone to failure if they are dropped too hard.

By comparison, SSDs contain a form of non-volatile computer memory. In other words, the information stays put on memory chips once it has been written. That is different than the regular RAM in your computer, which is reset when you turn off or restart the computer. Compared to HDDs, SSDs are more shock resistant and are not affected by magnetic fields.

Why Upgrade to an SSD?

The biggest difference is performance for most people between HDDs and SSD is performance. Replacing a hard drive with an SSD is one of the best things you can do to significantly improve the performance of your older computer. Without any moving parts, SSDs operate more quietly, more efficiently, and with fewer parts to break than hard drives that have spinning platters. Read and write speeds for SSDs are much better than hard drives. For you that means less time waiting for stuff to happen. An SSD is worth looking into if you are frequently seeing a spinning wheel cursor on your computer screen. Modern operating systems increasingly depend on virtual memory management, which pages out temporary swap files to disk. The faster your drive, the less performance impact you will experience from this overhead.

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