Solid State Drives = Happiness

OK, maybe not happiness, but possibly happier!

You're at home when you receive an emergency call.  This is urgent and you need to get to Point B as fast as possible. You run to the window and look outside to the driveway. You have two choices, a scooter or a Lamborghini Huracán. Better take the Lambo!

First, you need to send a critical email with an attachment from your computer. You stab at the power button with enough force to break a fake nail, and... everything... goes... into... slow... motion. What is this white linear beast that creeps from left to right like a smirking, narrow slug, and where did it come from?, what is this basic spinning wheel?

Sadly, your computer is not a Lambo. You, my speed-restricted friend, are operating a scooter. Thankfully, there's an upgrade for that! The truth is that your insufficient Hard Drive problem was always there, but your computer was new and didn't have the responsibilities it has now. Now that it has a burden, it's moving as fast as it can.

Let's look at why.

There are many Hard Drive types, technologies and sizes. In a general sense, there are two types of drives; Mechanical and Solid State.

Mechanical Hard Drives are comprised of a stack of spinning magnetic platters (similar to records) with articulating actuator-mounted read/write heads. The heads can only read as fast as the patters can spin. Those Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) are a speed limiting factor for you. The spin rates start at 5400 RPM (really bad) and usually max out at 72000 RPM (much better) for typical computers. There are exceptions in the form of 10,000 RPM, 15,000 RPM drives. Historically, if we built your file server, you have these built in for maximum performance at that time.

Conversely, Solid State Drives (SSD) are not a mechanical design. There are no moving parts to spin slowly, spindle bearings to fail, or risks of data-destroying dust particles. SSDs are effectively the same hyper-fast Random Access Memory (RAM) that you have likely upgraded to help your computer overcome its growing workload.

Why the sudden change?

Upgrade operating systems much? Have you installed any software that potentially launches as you start your computer? Has the kid from next door ever touched your keyboard? Oh. Application errors, data corruption, poor software configurations, and many others issues may also be in play.

But, you only have one gigabyte free on your hard drive. Could that be the problem?


How can we help?

A seamless hard drive upgrade! Simply call, or bring us your computer, and we will give you the cost to replace your hard drive with a state-of-the-art Sold State Drive. When you pick up your computer, it will boot to the same everything you had before (with some possible exceptions), but much, much faster. Only running 4 GB of RAM(?), better upgrade that too!

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