One of the more important components of computers, and any electronic device really, is the hard drive. The most popular drive is the hard disk drive (HDD) which has been in use in computers since the mid 1950s. It’s safe to say that these drives are a little past their prime but luckily there is a replacement: solid-state drives (SSD). A solid state drive (SSD) is a storage device that uses solid state memory to store data. While technically not a disk, a solid state drive will often be referred to as a solid state disk drive, or a solid state disk, in reference to the fact that, in some ways, it replaces the traditional hard disk drive.
Solid state drives have been around for many more years than we would believe, they have been around since before the 1980s, and have found niche applications such as the military or aviation where extreme ruggedness and very low failure rates are required. But it’s only recently that SSDs have evolved in terms of performance, capacity and affordability to make them viable to the wider enterprise and consumer market.
Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn’t thought possible. But the biggest knock against SSDs is that the cost per gigabyte. The easiest way to fix that is to know how much data you are currently using. Then add 15% to allow for some limited growth and swap space. The good news is that the last few years have seen a marked increase in the availability of SSDs and a decrease in price (although it certainly may not feel that way when comparing prices between SSDs and traditional HDDs).
We believe it’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically.
Solid-state drives are so much faster because they don’t have a spinning magnetic platter and moving head. After upgrading, you’ll be amazed at the performance improvements and wondering why you waited so long.
** Choosing The Best SSD Based On Capacity
In a sea of SSDs available on the market, it can be a bit daunting for a someone to understand the differences in performance results, and to simply decide what works best for them. Depending on their budget and what they want to use an SSD for, many users base their search for a suitable SSD on the capacity of the drive. Therefore we thought to write a simple and quick guide that might help that type of users find their best match of SSD.
** The Best 120GB/128GB SSD
The precise 120GB capacity of SSDs is rarely found in the market and what’s there instead is the 128GB model, but if you count the actual space of the 128GB SSD you’ll end up having almost 120GB of free space because the lost portion has been used to store the SSD system files. (For more details you can read our article: Is 128gb SSD Enough For You?)
The 120GB/128GB capacity SSD is the most commonly purchased SSD capacity in the market for its affordable price (i.e. ranging between $50 to $70) and the sufficient available space for lightweight mainstream users. It makes sense that 120GB/128GB drives are the most popular capacity still as if you aren’t playing games and storing a ton of movies and music, 120GB/128GB is all you really need to get by.
What 120gb/128gb SSD Do We Recommend?
** The Best 250GB/256GB SSD
250GB/256GB drives are still the capacity that we’d suggest going with as you want to have some room for future expansion and the write speeds nearly double on this particular drive when you go from 120GB/128GB to 250GB/256GB.
** The Best 500GB/512GB SSD