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Solid Sate Drive

Many of you have probably already heard about SSD’s.  Most of you probably don’t understand what that means.  SSD stands for Solid State Drive.  Traditional Hard Drives use silicone platters that spin at extreemly high speeds (7200 rpm) and allow you to store and access data anywhere on the drive by using a mechanical arm and laser to read the data.  These drives have been around since the very beginning of personal computing, which most people already understand, what you haven’t realized is that as processors and RAM get faster and faster, your system wasn’t able to keep up with the performance in your computer all because of your hard drive.

The SSD brings us the largest performance increase in my history of computing.  More than a faster processor or adding RAM to the system.  The reason for this is that the SSD does not have any moving parts.  They use Flash memory to store their data, this makes them very much like a usb thumbdrive, but with about 100 times the throughput.  That means you can take an older computer, and upgrade the Hard Drive only, and get MASSIVE performance increases.  This is all across the computing platform and doesn’t matter if you have a PC that runs Windows, or MAC OSX, or linux.  The simple fact that your hard drive is no longer the bottleneck on your system means you will have an immediate, noticeably faster change in your system.

There are a large number of factors that effect the type of drive you should get for your system including the SATA bus speed, the age of your system etc.  All of those things SOS Support, your IT support in Salt Lake City, can handle for you.  If you are interested in upgrading your system (desktop or laptop) with the best improvement that you can make to your PC please feel free to contact us!

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