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If you often wish your computer would work faster or feel that it cannot keep up with you, it may be time to evaluate a hardware upgrade in the form of a Solid-State Drive (SSD) to replace the slow, mechanical hard drive your computer came with.

Generally, modern PC processors and RAM (less than five years old) have a much longer tolerable performance lifespan, but mechanical hard drives simply cannot keep up with today’s workloads and the speeds we expect from our devices.

What are the benefits?

  • Resilence – SSDs do not have multiple high speed moving platters that are susceptible to failure the longer they operate. They can simply wear out, become misaligned, and often do not survive hard bumps or falls—obviously important for laptops.
  • High speeds – Perhaps the most important factor in day-to-day use, SSDs are much faster in every regard compared to their mechanical counterparts. Read and write speeds can easily be 10 times higher.
  • Noise, power, and heat – Because they have no moving parts, SSDs do not operate loudly, produce as much heat, or draw as much power. Again, very helpful for laptop operation.

Why now?

  • Price decreases – NAND Flash (the memory units used in SSDs) is now globally oversupplied, which forces manufacturers to reduce prices and clear out their stock. DRAMExchange is predicting an additional 10% drop in price over the upcoming months on top of the discounts already being applied.
  • Size increases – As prices have decreased, SSDs have simultaneously doubled in size at prior price points. Adequate (and beyond) sizes for most users are now offered for less than $100.
  • You can DIY – With some simple preparation to make sure your data is backed up and a flash drive with your Operating System on it, you can replace or even add an SSD to your system quite easily.

If you are evaluating replacing your hardware, consider the above first. If it is time to move on from your current hardware or you’re adding new systems to your workforce, EVAN recommends SSDs as a must-have!

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