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Since Switching To A Solid State Drive (SSD), I’ve Discovered That....

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Tony Bensley, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Tony Bensley

    Tony Bensley Producer

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    Since Switching To A Solid State Drive (SSD), I’ve Discovered That....

    - Windows Boot up and Login is much faster (30 – 35 seconds combined total!)

    - Apps run far more smoothly, with much fewer “Not Responding” incidents.

    - Windows 10 clean install had completed within 35 minutes.

    Furthermore, a number of issues that had developed over time were eradicated, or at least significantly reduced. These include:

    - Powering off: This used to take about a minute or so, and sometimes wouldn’t complete at all, until I pressed and held down the Power Button. Also, a lot of times, I would have to hold down the Power Button for a forced shutdown instead of turning off Windows properly, via the Taskbar. Now, powering down only takes a few seconds.

    - Peripheral Plugins: It had reached the point where my Acer Aspire PC Laptop wouldn’t get past the Acer Logo if anything was plugged into my USB 3 connection. With the new SSD, this is no longer an issue. As an added bonus, certain devices that only worked when plugged directly into one of the Laptop USB outlets will now work when plugged into one of my secondary USB Docking Stations.

    In a nutshell, all of the above problems were being caused by an increasingly failing non SDD, SATA Platter Based Hard Drive. The peripheral plugin issue, in particular, seemed indicative of a possibly failing Motherboard. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case!

    No longer having to perform Disk Defragmenting or chkdsk tasks is also a really nice bonus in having switched from HDD to SSD! Both applications are, in fact, highly detrimental to their longevity, I’ve been told.

    The one detriment in my switch to SSD? The cost per GB of disk space. However, I’ve found that the above advantages more than make up for my reduced onboard Hard Drive capacity (222 GB vs 682 GB on my original Hard Drive!). There’s always the External Hard Drive go to option, anyway.

    I’d be interested in reading other peoples experiences in switching over to Solid State Drives, be it the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is one thing I wish I had done years ago, except it probably was more cost prohibitive in the early going!

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    Switching to SSD for operating system was definitely one of my better decision this decade. Everything runs smoother and I don't have to bother defragmenting every now and then.
     
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    I love the SSD!! Such quick log-on and off. On my desktop, only the Operating System is on the SSD and I have a regular 1 TB hard drive for photos, videos, documents, etc.. I'm thinking of swapping out for a bigger hard drive as my photos and videos have filled it up pretty quickly. For now, I'm using external HDs for backup copies.
     
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    Replacing my HDD with a SSD several years ago is one of the reasons I am using a 7-year old MacBook Pro that still runs like a new machine.
     
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    Ugh! You just reminded me I have to do that.
     
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  6. Tony Bensley

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    And I'll probably have to remind myself NOT to defrag, every now and then, although it hasn't been a problem, so far! :D

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    Even on spinning platters there's little need to "defrag." Once upon a time, when drives were small and slow, it could help things launch faster. With today's speeds (both platter and head) on spinning platter drives you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference after a defrag session.
     
  8. Tony Bensley

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    Over time, I definitely did notice a difference after defragging my HDD, although I would go for lengthy periods between defrags. I'm thinking it's a mileage may vary situation, according to how one uses their PC. On Auslogics Disk Defragmenter, my old drive was displayed as over 40% fragmented in its final failing stage.

    CHEERS! :)
     
  9. Kevin Hewell

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    Still, it's nice to get rid of the "extraneous" stuff.
     
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    Defragmentation isn't about deleting any "extraneous stuff". It is about gathering together the scattered pieces of files and of free space so that the computer does not need to keep moving the heads all over the place while accessing files.
     
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    I run entirely on Mac, but I discovered the wonder of SSD 5 or 6 years ago. It did require a fundamental change to how I organize stuff, but now I'm used to having nothing but OS and apps on the boot drive, even with SSD prices significantly lower now. My newest Mac has an NVMe drive, which has as big a speed boost over regular SSD as SSD has over a basic platter drive. It think the read speeds it accomplishes (3,500MB/s) is way beyond the point of diminishing returns.
     

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