6 Benefits of Solid State Hard Drives

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We’ve previously written about how important it is to backup your SSD’s regularly. Today we will cover the benefits of Solid State Hard Drives over regular hard drives.

1. Faster Boot Times: SSD’s are up to 100x faster than regular hard drives. This means faster boot times. I had an aging laptop running Windows 7 that took over 3 minutes to finish booting. I put an SSD into that same laptop and now it boots in 15 seconds!

2. More Responsiveness: Programs load significantly faster. You click on the icon and almost instantly the program is loaded and ready for your input.

3. Less Power Usage – SSD’s don’t have any moving parts so they use less power. This means a lower energy bill over time and a longer battery life if you have a notebook computer.

4. Lower Temperatures: SSD’s run cooler because they don’t have platters spinning all the time. This means the other components in your computer are exposed to less heat overall which will help your computer last longer.

5. Practically Indestructible: SSD’s are far more durable. Because there are no moving parts, Solid State Hard Drives aren’t affected by bumps or drops like a regular hard drive.

6. Silent Operation: Once again, due to not having any moving parts, SSD’s are almost completely silent. This makes them perfect for media streaming boxes or home theatre computers.

For more information on Solid State Hard Drives, come see us at our store!


About the author

Jody Gristwood is a web designer at Ducktoes. More of his work can be found at his blog that covers technology news that affects Canadians.

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SSDs (Solid State Drives) Require Aggressive Backups

Ducktoes Techs are In Love with SSDs
Ducktoes techs love SSDs.  SSDs increase the performance of a machine significantly.  They make it fast.   Ducktoes techs recommend SSDs to anyone who will listen and use them in their own computers and laptops.  They are ardent fans and enthusiast promoters.

A conventional hard drive witn an x on it and a solid state drive with a heart.

Not so Fast Guys and Gals

I am also a fan of fast.  Yet one thing that worries me is that solid state drives don’t allow easy data recovery.   Everyday, that is, every single day of the year, we do data recovery at our computer repair shop. Yes, everyday we are recovering data from some failed or failing conventional drive which a client has not backed up.  Many days we have several recoveries happening at once.  We try to save the client’s photos and business documents.  As I read increasing evidence that SSDs don’t do data recovery easily or well,  I decided I must write this post.

Faster than a Speeding Bullet
Solid State Drives have no moving parts like the spinning platters or the read/write arms and heads of traditional hard drives so switching to one can really speed up a computer.  They are faster than a speeding bullet, literally, since a bullet is a moving part. They are all electronic and very fast in comparison.

The Trim Command
To keep the speed, however, over the life of the drive, SSDs need the TRIM command which facilitates a more efficient overwrite capability. Solid State Drives data storage is organized into pages and blocks. Several pages form a block. A page can not be deleted on its own; only blocks can be deleted. Without the TRIM command, the overwrite process has to find enough pages scheduled for deletion to form a block. After it finds the pages and puts them together, it deletes them and then overwrites them. This process significantly degrades the SSD’s performance as the SSD ages and gets full of data.


What Trim Does
Trim takes over the organization of the pages and blocks.  It deletes the pages ahead of time so the overwrite process can put pages into blocks much faster.

The Problem with Trim
Even without the Trim, the SSD makes data recovery difficult, but with the Trim’s aggressive deletion of data, the data recovery becomes even more unlikely and, when and if it happens at all, expensive.

The Best Solution
The best solution for the aggressive deletion is an aggressive backup.  We all need to be aggressive with backing up all drives, but with an ssd it is even more important.  We need to make backing up a higher priority and do it everyday automatically.

If you would like help backing up your SSD or for us to set up the process for you please call or come into our shop.

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