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Essential guide to desktop and laptop solid-state drives

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Installing SSD to boost laptop performance

Marc Staimer explains how installing SSD can improve the performance of a laptop computer.

Is there a way to calculate the increase in performance you might expect by installing SSDs in laptops for specific business applications?

It depends on how often the application writes and reads to disk. Higher reads greatly benefit from SSDs. High writes do not. Random I/O benefits from SSDs, sequential I/O does not. If the laptop has many applications running concurrently with frequent swapping out of memory to disk, SSDs provide noticeable and significant performance improvement.  But really, there is no definitive answer. Calculations are basically simulating the environment. Few simulators get all (or even most) of the variables correct. The one application that always benefits from SSDs is the boot.

This was last published in April 2013

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Spot on, I have found the hybrid flash/disk hard drives are excellent for laptops, boot up is seconds and in the event the flash fails the spinning disk has all the data. Great for most laptop users in my opinion.
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