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HDD vs SSD

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) vs Solid State Drive (SSD)

This week alone, I've replaced three HDDs with SSDs - giving these users a brand new lease on life for very little outlay.

HDDs work off a hard disk made of either glass or aluminium coated in a magnetised material, with a small arm to read the data - basically a magnetic LP record spinning at between 5400 and 10,000 RPM. SSDs work off a series of chips on a circuit board and have NO moving parts with a much greater read / write speeds. (refer to the second pic).

If you're finding that your system is running slowly and could do with a boost of speed, or that your system is just drastically overdue for a reinstall, it would be a great idea to swap out your aging HDD for an SSD. They've come down in price quite considerably and if you're either cloning or re-installing your OS ($100 and $200 respectively), it makes a lot of sense to spend only an extra $70-100 on a new drive that will increase the speed of your system many times over.

If you've got any questions or are thinking about doing this yourself, drop me a line - I'll be happy to have a chat about it in greater detail.


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