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Why not consider an SSD system or upgrade?

by Nathan Browne (Gunnedah Office) | Sep 26, 2016
With the price coming down in SSD technology, it is worth considering whether the performance improvement can be justified. Technology companies are giving users the option when purchasing a new laptop or desktop to order with this new form of hard drive. At Dorchester, our team can advise on new SSD based systems, or upgrade existing older hardware in order to boost your productivity and save you time. The good old saying, "Time is money", definitely sums up the difference between SDDs and HDDs

A bit of a run down on the pros and cons of SSDs against traditional HDDs.

What is a SSD?

The acronym stands for Solid State Drive.  To make it easy, it is similar to how a USB stick works - it has no moving parts.  Information is stored on microchips and uses more efficient algorithms to access, read and write data. It runs on an embedded controller, which controls read and write speeds much more efficiently.  SDDs are much faster in comparison to HDDs.

What is an HDD?

A Hard Disk Drive (storage disk) uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head which moves around to read or write data to the correct location on a storage platter.  They use magnets to store data, relying on the speed of the spinning platter to increase read/write speeds.  There are generally 4 speeds: 5400rpm, 7400 rpm, 10000rpm and 15000rpm. Due to the mechanical nature of the platters spinning around, they tend to wear out at a faster rate in comparison and data can be lost with magnetic interference.

Size Form Factor

Generally SDD drives come in 2.5" size, which is the same as standard laptop hard drive.  They can also be mounted to motherboards in desktops and servers, depending on the configuration, but are called a solid state card, working much the same as an SDD.  Here is a guide to sizes and configurations:
http://www.snia.org/forums/sssi/knowledge/formfactors

SDD vs HDD Comparison

SSD Table
Table source - http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd

Conclusion and Cost Benefit Analysis

Businesses need to weigh up whether the performance, time saving and efficiency gains outweigh the initial short term cost and benefit to their organization in the long term.  24-hour operations that require minimum downtime, whether monetary or productivity, should definitely consider embracing the new technology. If time is not really a measure, maybe cost being more a factor, then traditional technology may suffice. I would definitely never go back to using a traditional hard drive, after experiencing first-hand the time save with my new SSD upgrade in my business laptop. Time management is important to me in business. The less time it takes the better, as it frees up more space in the day, achieving more results and productivity. Who doesn’t want to be more efficient?
 

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