Should You Upgrade to a Solid State (SSD) Hard Drive?

Spoiler alert! Yes.

At first, I didn’t see the big deal.  They used to cost too much.  Early generation Solid State drives (SSD) had impressive read speeds, but slow write speeds.  And the storage space was not large enough.  That has changed in the last year, as SSD write speeds, prices, and sizes look better and better every day.

So what are the advantages of using an SSD hard drive?  For starters, they are much faster than traditional hard drives.  They have no moving parts, the disks don’t spin, and are therefore less prone to failure.  They are light-weight, making your laptop easier to carry.  SSD drives also give off much less heat than traditional hard drives, so your PC or laptop uses less energy.

Replacing your old hard drive with a new SSD drive can also be very easy.  I purchased a Samsung EVO drive, which included a migration tool.  It only took about 20 minutes to move.  There are also disk copy products available like Acronis or CloneZilla.

After you install your new SSD drive (or if you have one already) remember to disable defrag.  Defragmenting your SSD drive is not only pointless, it can harm your drive.

Another scenario: We just recently began to implement SSD drives in our server  RAID array designs.  So far, we are only using them in RAID 1 configurations – as buying more than 2 SSD drives at this point can still add up to a lot of cash.   But vendors like IBM, EMC, and HP are currently working on new ways to use disk fail-over – which may even lead to new ways of looking at RAID arrays.

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Chase Reitter
Network Consultant