Six ways to speed up your Computer
Switching your Mac or Pc’s conventional hard drive for a SSD is the perfect way to increase the speed of your computer. An SSD doesn’t just make your computer a little faster, it will make you feel like you’ve gotten a new machine. With an SSD, I was able to boot my computer in a matter of seconds and have applications launch instantly.
Size vs. Speed
Unfortunately, SSD’s are far more expensive than traditional hard drives. To save money, I bought an SSD and used it as my boot drive, then used my other hard drive for storing files. In order to speed up my PC to the max, I installed my operating system and all my programs on the SSD.
Can you remember the last time you searched for a file on your Mac? Imagine the same thing, except 5 times faster to get the power of an SSD. File transfer time is also increased by one third, which is especially helpful if you are moving several gigabytes worth of files.
A Macbook’s battery life should last around 10 hours. With an SSD, I added an extra 30 minutes since it uses much less power than a regular drive. On a Mac desktop, this will allow you to run several HDDs off of one power supply.
Macs have never been famous for their multitasking ability. Usually if you have too many programs open, the computer will freeze up and require you to shut down to get things going again. An SSD allows you to speed up Mac programs, provided you have enough memory.
Nothing is more annoying than a computer that sounds like a F16 fighter jet. Since SSDs have no moving parts, there is nothing in them that generate noise. Some larger drivers have a cooling fan attached to them, but these are silent fans that don’t make a sound.
Another benefit to having no moving parts is that nothing can break. An SSD can handle large amounts of vibration and movement, making them perfect for people who use electronics while on the go. Dropping your laptop may destroy your normal hard drive, but it probably won’t affect an SSD.
The solid state drive is the future of the hard drive industry. For only a couple hundred dollars, I was able to significantly speed up my computer and make it more stable in the long run. Without a doubt, SSDs are a worthy investment.