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The Pros and Cons of Solid State Drives




Brandon Hall
Chief Information Officer

One of the most beneficial upgrades to existing desktop and laptop computers available today is to make the leap from spinning disk hard drives to solid state drives. The spinning disk has been our primary data pathway bottleneck for years. The solution has always been spin the disk faster if you want your data faster, or add more of them in an array which takes up space, power, makes more heat, etc. That is all well and good until you need to start looking at power conservation, decreased noise, and drive longevity. Power consumption is even more important in laptops when all you may have is battery power to finish your important project. With a little software and a connector, you can upgrade your drive to one that doesn’t spin and is possibly 100 times faster at accessing your data. Here is a pros and cons breakdown of the solid state drive upgrade.

Pros:

  1. Crazy fast access to your data
  2. Lightweight and compact
  3. Reduced power consumption
  4. No noise
  5. Little to no cooling needed
  6. Compact enough that you can put 2 or more drives in the same space your old one took, and if you purchase the correct adapter, you can have data redundancy using RAID, all in the same space your existing disk drive consumed
  7. No moving parts to fail
     

Cons:

  1. They do have a limited number of times that data can be written to them, but so do spinning disks
  2. Price per GB is much higher, but most of you don’t need 3Tb of space and could probably get away with a tenth of that
  3. The possibility of recovering data from a failed unit is basically nil, but all of you should be using carbonite by now anyway!

Still not convinced? Go to a computer store and test-drive one of the models that has the solid state as the primary drive and you will be quite impressed. The majority of you will want to have a tech do the upgrade for you, but if you’re not afraid to take a screwdriver to your laptop, you can complete this in an afternoon. Just be certain to clone the drive before you start taking things apart. You’ll want the data to be copied to the new drive FIRST. And FHC will not help you accomplish this project, but will congratulate you once it’s done!

Brandon Hall  |  Chief Information Officer    636.695.2820    bhall@FIRSTHEARTLAND.COM
 

 

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