HDD vs SSD: What’s the difference? Should I upgrade?

You might have heard of Hard Drives – the part of your computer where all your data, files and operating system are installed. Most computers before 2015 have a traditional hard drive, meaning it has some spinning discs inside where the data is stored, as well as a lot of other little fragile parts. These were the norm for a long time – in fact they were invented more than 50 years ago!

While they have served most of us well, they are fragile and slow – they are very limited compared to newer Solid State Drives (SSD’s). You might have a computer you purchased new around 5 – 10 years ago, and noticed that it became really slow as soon as you installed some of the programs you use, such as Spotify, Microsoft Office, Chrome and so on. Because your hard drive is having to load more data with these extra apps, it becomes a bottleneck in the otherwise fast computer. Most people don’t realize this, and often purchase a new computer for thousands when they just needed to upgrade to an SSD. Unlike traditional hard drives, SSD’s have no moving parts and are on average 5 – 20 times faster than hard drives.

Vivid Computers offer a variety of options when it comes to upgrading your computers storage, and our customers are always pleasantly surprised by the difference in performance after we upgrade them to an SSD. It’s much more affordable and often just as good as buying a new computer! We can even transfer your old files accross.

Contact us today to get a free quote on your next upgrade