Hard drive failure… a disaster or an opportunity?
Very often when your hard drive fails it feel like a complete disaster, especially if you lose your precious data. But just because one component fails in your laptop it doesn’t mean you need to replace it.
In fact, a failed hard drive in your laptop can be an excellent opportunity to boost the performance of your system by as much as 300%! This performance increase comes through a relatively simple solution… replacing your old hard disk drive (HDD) for a solid state drive (SSD).
It is to be expected that at some stage your laptop is going to suffer hard drive issues.
You may have noticed your device starting to slow down during general use, and this is because over time your laptop collects thousands of excess files and programs through every day use. Essential software updates always add additional files and will demand more performance from your system as it gets older.
When the frustration of using a slow laptop, or desktop PC for that matter, starts to kick in you may be tempted to start shopping around for a new device.
But wait! There is a far simpler and cheaper solution to your frustration, for a small fee you can upgrade to an SSD storage device, thus increasing performance massively over old hard disk drives and giving you a clean OS install without those thousands of pesky excess files cluttering up your laptop.
What are the benefits of upgrading to an SSD?
It’s common knowledge in the industry that upgrading to a solid state drive (SSD) is the single biggest hardware upgrade you can do to increase speed on a laptop.
This one component change makes everything faster from booting into Windows, launching apps and programs, serving files and system data an of course shutting down the system.
If you compare two identical systems side by side with one running an SSD and the other running a traditional hard drive it is obvious to see the shear speed difference.
Care to see this for yourself? Take a look at this SSD vs HDD Video:
Solid state drives are now sold at an extremely reasonable price, although you should expect to pay far more for a large capacity SSD than a high capacity HDD.
However, a 500GB SSD it not only affordable for most budgets it is also ample storage for a work horse laptop if you also take advantage of cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box or Google Drive and Photos. Cloud services not only reduce the storage required on your system but they also offer potential speed increased too.
In the early days of SSD’s some doubted the longevity of an SSD compare to a traditional HDD.
That really is not a problem when comparing real world, typically an SSD drive will last for many years before any issues are detected. Regardless, if you are running an SSD or a HDD you should have a good routine of making backups of your data to reduce the risks of hard drive failure.
In reality ALL hard drives fail whether an SSD or a traditional HDD, so be prepared for when it does happen and BACK UP!
For a quick overview, here is a shortlist of Pros and Cons for running an SSD.
- Vastly superior performance
- Almost silent operation
- More robust than traditional hard drives
- Less power draw, thus lower temperatures and longer battery life
- Small capacity than traditional hard drives
- Price – expect to pay much more for higher capacity SSDs
An SSD upgrade in your laptop is an excellent choice if you value performance and you’re not merely looking for the cheapest fix. If your current hard drive has failed, then consider this an opportunity to give your laptop a new lease of life and upgrade to an SSD, the first time you boot into your chosen operating system will add a big smile to your face and you will be so happy you upgraded!
While you’re at it, upgrade your RAM as well for more performance increases!
In 2020 it’s safe to say you really need to be running a minimum of 8Gb of RAM if possible.
Obviously it is best to purchase your laptop with as much memory as you possible can, but that said upgrading your laptops RAM is relatively cheap and simple.
Before upgrading your RAM you need to check a few things first like how many memory slots your laptop has, and it’s maximum capacity on your current bios version.
If you find your current bios will only allow a certain amount of RAM to be recognised, it’s possible a bios update may be available to increase that limit.
At the time of writing this article RAM prices are great value, making upgrading your RAM in your laptop or desktop PC a smart move for additional performance and great value.