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What is a SSD upgrade and why should I do it?

SSD upgrade

ssd-upgrade

What’s SSD?

SSD is short for Solid State Drive which is very different to the conventional hard drives we have used for decades. Built from flash memory the major difference between the two technologies that makes upgrading worthwhile is that by definition solid state means no moving parts. This isn’t exactly new technology but until recent years prices were very expensive¬†for very little storage. Even new Macs come with SSD technology already installed these days, but for the savvy consumer it’s a simple trick to really speed up an older Mac. Let’s look at why you should consider a SSD upgrade.

Why do a SSD upgrade?

  • Since there are no moving parts SSDs are more shock resistive and durable than their predecessor.
  • Avoid data loss from mechanical failures.
  • Conventional hard drives are one the bottlenecks of modern computers.
  • Better performance and multitasking¬†because they don’t have to spin up and seek to read data.
  • Better battery life with no need to waste energy on spinning disks.
  • Cooler system because SSDs don’t create as much heat.
  • Faster boot and load times that feel almost instant.
  • They are light weight for those of us traveling around with our Macs.

What to consider before doing an SSD upgrade?

Be sure to look at how much data you currently have used up now. It’s a good idea to give yourself some space for future downloads and installations. It’s always a good idea to have at least 10% free space, so plan on 35% to protect your investment. As always before any upgrade or repair it’s important to have a current backup. If you need help installing or moving your data to the new drive order a drive from us and we will install it for only $50.

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