SSD vs. HDD: Should You Upgrade?

What’s an SSD?

 

An SSD, or Solid-State Drive, is similar to that of a USB flash drive. A much larger and more refined form of a USB flash drive. An SSD contains no moving parts, unlike its counterpart – the HDD, or Hard Drive Disk. The HDD stored memory by transcribing the read and write in a mechanical way, with an arm adjusting from the proper location on the storage device. Alternately, the SSD stores the information in microchips which have no mechanical parts making the process of retrieving information much more efficient. Let’s use baseball as an analogy. It would be akin to the difference between hitting a ball and running to 1stbase (HDD), or hitting the ball and teleporting to 1stbase in a split second (SSD). Which one would you prefer?

 

 

What’s an HDD?

 

HDDs/Hard Drive Disks are usually found in older models of laptop computers or cheaper computers. One of the upsides to HDDs is that they are cheaper. However, if managing your time is one of your core values then an HDD is not a great choice.

 

HDD vs. SSD

 

Let’s go through the attributes of both to see how they compare to each other and your needs.

 

Battery Life

 

The SSD wins as it does not draw as much power as the HDD. The SSD averages at 2-4 watts which can result in a 25+ minute boost in battery life. In contrast, the HDD averages at 6-8 watts which means it uses more of your battery life.

 

Cost

 

The SSD is generally more expensive in terms of monetary cost. In this aspect, the HDD wins – on a monetary level. But SSDs typically crash less than HDDs so you are also purchasing them less. Combined with drawing electricity, the HDD and SSD may break even. It’s hard to precisely tell.

 

Operating System Boot

 

The SSD boots, on average, a whopping 10-15 seconds while the HDD boots approximately 30-45 seconds. The SSD wins.

 

Failure Rate

 

SSDs generally fail approximately 2 million hours whereas HDDS fail around the 1-1.5 million hour mark.

 

File Opening Speed

 

SSDs also take the cake when it comes to opening files in a time-effective manner. SSDs are up to 30% faster than HDDs.

 

Heat Production

 

Ever notice your computer getting hot and your fans spinning at breakneck speed? It might be because you are using a Hard Drive Disk. Though HDDs also do not have much heat production, Solid-State Disks do not have any “moving parts” while a Hard Drive Disk does.

 

Write Speed

 

One of the most important aspects of copying files is the write speed. SSDs, once again, win in this category at 200+ MB/s. Some higher end drives even topping out at 550 MB/s. The HDD ranges between 50 – 120 MB/s for comparison.

 

Overall, the SSD is the clear winner. We recommend getting your SSDs installed by computer professionals. Currently, we are offering a special on Operating System Installs/Reinstalls so it may be in your best interest to get it done all at one time.

 

If you need assistance, visit our location at 1331 S. Beckham Avenue in Tyler, TX or call us at 903-858-4383!


February Deal of the Month

In support of the American Heart Association for National Heart Month, we will give you 10% off all Hard Drive services with a donation of $10 or more. To be eligible, you will need to provide the donation at the front desk when you bring your computer in for Hard Drive related issues.

A donation box will be available in our front offices where you will need to donate. And don’t worry, 100% of the proceeds will go to the AHA at the end of the month. Just like a heart to your body, a hard drive is the core to your computer. Both need to be properly maintained to provide support the whole.

Keep it healthy.


August Deal of the Month

Like Gawking Geeks reported recently, now more than ever there are some great reasons to upgrade your computer with an SSD.

These Solid State Drives do away with the spinning disks we've used in our Hard Disk Drives for decades, and instead store data on super fast Flash RAM similar to that you find in a portable USB Thumb Drive. The benefits of upgrading an SSD are numerous. They are many times faster and will greatly accelerate your computer's startup time and speed up your application launch times.

They are also more durable. With a normal Hard Drive, any number of things can go wrong. The motor that spins the disks can go bad. The super accurate servos that control the multiple delicate read/write heads can die. The disks themselves can become unbalanced or scratches during a drop. SSDs suffer none of these drawbacks.

For the last few years SSDs were an up and coming thing. They were both too expensive and held too little data to be worth buying for most computer users. But these days storage size increases are skyrocketing and prices are dropping, both of which are finally making SSDs affordable for use in the average computer.

For the month of August, Computer Repair in Tyler is offering a 10% discount on the purchase and installation of an SSD for your desktop or laptop. Even better, we're applying that same discount to moving your data from your slow Hard Disk Drive over to your new SSD. You'll notice an immediate difference, and with our Deal of the Month, you'll save some money too!

You can find us at 1331 South Beckham in the shopping center near the hospitals between the gas station and the Big Lots. If you have questions about this deal or any computer repair issue, give us a call at 903-858-4383 or email us at info@computerrepairintyler.com.


May Deal of the Month: Get 10% Off Hardware & Software Upgrades

We’re mixing things up a little this month at Computer Repair in Tyler. We’re offering a double deal as our May Deal of the Month! Bring your laptop or desktop in to our location on South Beckham in Tyler Texas, and we’ll give you 10% off the labor cost of the install or upgrade of new hardware and new software.

Do you have a new or updated application, or game, or piece of business software you need to get up and running? We can help make sure your software is set up properly and is ready to do the things you need.

Looking to boost your computer’s performance by adding more RAM, a larger or faster hard drive or SSD, or looking for better gaming performance by swapping up to a newer graphic card? We’ve got you covered. Our skilled technicians can install or swap in your new parts for you. We can even suggest the upgrades that would help you the most if you aren't sure what to do to increase the speed of your computer.

And, if you have software you need help with and new hardware you want to install, that's great! Mention the May Deal of the Month and we'll give you 10% off both services when you combine them.

For more information, you can:
Stop on by 1331 South Beckham in Tyler. Look for us between the Big Lots and the gas station.
Call us at: (903) 858-4383
Send us an email at info@computerrepairintyler.com


December Deals of the Month

Computer Repair in Tyler Wishes Everyone Across East Texas a Happy, Peaceful and Safe Holiday Season this Year.

December Deals at Computer Repair in Tyler

Right now, we are offering several holiday deals on many of our computer repair and IT support services. We know most of you are probably thinking about buying new things for you and your loved ones this time of year, but just in case you find yourself in a technologically unfortunate situation between now and Christmas, we are here to get that not-so-new something up and running again. Everyone wants and needs their computers to function properly at all times, especially during the holiday season when many of you will be sharing holiday photos with your friends and family, traveling to other destinations, and shopping online. We want to help you not break the bank should a less than desirable situation arise, because everyone needs to save some coin wherever possible when it comes time for Christmas shopping.

Our Special December Deals Include:

Fill Out Our Convenient Online Contact Form to Get Your Special Holiday Deals & Repair Started!

We respond to all online requests quickly and efficiently. Or, simply drop by our storefront location on South Beckham Avenue in midtown - right down the street from Trinity Mother Frances and ETMC. We have expert technicians on-site available to assist you in person. We can also come to you if that's what is needed, and we even have the ability to do remote support in certain instances!

Happy Holidays From All of Us at Computer Repair in Tyler, May the Season Bring Joy to Your Hearts!

 

 

 


Holiday Deals From Our Family To Yours

Computer Repair in Tyler Wishes Everyone Across East Texas a Happy, Peaceful and Safe Holiday Season this Year.

Holiday Deals at Computer Repair in Tyler

Right now, we are offering several holiday deals on many of our computer repair and IT support services. We know most of you are probably thinking about buying new things for you and your loved ones this time of year, but just in case you find yourself in a technologically unfortunate situation between now and Christmas, we are here to get that not-so-new something up and running again. Everyone wants and needs their computers to function properly at all times, especially during the holiday season when many of you will be sharing holiday photos with your friends and family, traveling to other destinations, and shopping online.  We want to help you not break the bank should a less than desirable situation arise, because everyone needs to save some coin wherever possible when it comes time for Christmas shopping.

Our Special Holiday Deals Include:

Fill Out Our Convenient Online Contact Form to Get Your Special Holiday Deals & Repair Started!

We respond to all online requests quickly and efficiently. Or, simply drop by our storefront location on South Beckham Avenue in midtown - right down the street from Trinity Mother Frances and ETMC. We have expert technicians on-site available to assist you in person. We can also come to you if that's what is needed, and we even have the ability to do remote support in certain instances!

Happy Holidays From All of Us at Computer Repair in Tyler, May the Season Bring Joy to Your Hearts!