For someone who doesn't like endorsing products, here I go again!
This past weekend I was up at some ungodly hour and noticed my laptop was in what appeared to be BIOS mode. After squinting for a few seconds, I read that Windows decided it was time to do a sector check on my hard drive. Well, we all know what this means. Yup, my hard drive was failing. I went back to bed and didn't panic because like every other responsible person in the world (chuckle) I HAVE MULTIPLE BACKUPS OF EVERYTHING!! <--- Good tip.
After the morning coffee, I drove down to ye old brick and mortar store to get a new hard drive. (I did not want to wait until Black Friday because...well, read that story and you'll know why.) Anyway, I poked around the store for a moment and noticed the prices of Solid State Drives (SSD) were fairly cheap. Eureka! (For those of you non-geek types, an SSD is basically a flash drive disguised as a hard drive.) Within the hour I had my laptop apart and the new SSD in place.
Fast is not the word.
Once I had the SSD installed, my laptop was blazing. A typical reboot with a traditional hard drive took between four and five minutes. With the SSD, a reboot took no longer than 25 seconds! All my applications were much more responsive too. Just double-click and BOOM, they're open! No more moving parts. Simple electricity does all the work at a speed ten times faster. I don't know how I ever lived without it. By the way, the drive does come with cloning software; however, you will need to buy a SATA to USB cable separately for about $40.
Ha, as though you need more than a 25 second boot time and zippier response times for your applications. Well, there are a few other minor benefits:
- Already mentioned the super fast response times to everything
- SSD is physically lighter than a traditional hard drive
- A lack of moving parts mitigates the risk of Read/Write errors
- A lack of moving parts increases laptop battery life 30 minutes, on average.
I wonder how SAM would respond to living on an SSD? After all, SSD's were originally designed for servers.