Solid-state drives are increasingly showing up in laptops and desktops today, as solid-state pricing continues to drop. Users seeking thinner, lighter laptops are gobbling up new devices running flash drives, and others are increasing performance with laptop and desktop solid-state drives.
Solid-state drives are different from traditional hard drives in a number of ways. Traditional hard disk drives consist of a spinning disk with a read/write head on a mechanical arm. An SSD, on the other hand, has an array of semiconductor memory organized as a disk drive, using integrated circuits rather than magnetic media. SSDs have much lower latency than HDDs, which translates to much faster laptop/desktop performance.
There are a number of things you should consider before adding an SSD to an existing computer, as well as before purchasing a new computer with a flash drive. This Essential Guide offers information on how to make wise choices about desktop and laptop SSDs, troubleshooting advice for users upgrading to SSDs, articles digging deeper into how the technology works, and a look at some PC market trends today.
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This section offers information on solid-state drive technology so you can make smart decisions when choosing new laptops and desktops or upgrading older computers.
SearchStorage.co.UK Bureau Chief Antony Adshead speaks with Chris Evans, an independent consultant with Langton Blue, about SSDs for laptop and desktop computers. Continue Reading
TechTarget contributor Heather Clancy explains how MSPs can boost slow desktop and laptop performance by upgrading to solid-state drives. Continue Reading
Independent IT expert Kevin Beaver explains that HDD to SSD cloning can ease data access, but cautions that SSDs aren't without risks to data. Continue Reading
IT consultant and frequent TechTarget contributor Brien Posey outlines what you should consider before adding an SSD to your PC. Continue Reading
J.R. Nelson, editor of DesktopReview.com, and Andrew Burton, editor of SearchSolidStateStorage.com, discuss what you should know before replacing a laptop or desktop hard drive with a solid-state drive. Continue Reading
Independent storage expert Marc Staimer discusses how flash vendors cram more capacity onto smaller chips as die sizes continue to shrink. Continue Reading
Marc Staimer outlines how to ensure that your laptop flash drive partitions are aligned properly in this Expert Answer. Continue Reading
Learn what OS features should be turned off after installing an SSD in a laptop computer in this Expert Answer from Marc Staimer. Continue Reading
Jonathan Hassell of The Sun Valley Group explains how Windows 8 Storage Optimizer handles storage allocation and how defragmentation has improved with Windows 8 SSD management. Continue Reading
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Learn about what's going on with SSDs in the laptop and desktop market today.
Demand for SSD almost doubled, helped by more attractive prince points and increased sales of ultrabooks and ultra-thin laptops, according to a report from IHS Technologies. Continue Reading
More availability of affordable touch-based laptops, price drops of thin and light laptops, and two-in-one hybrid laptops are attracting consumers today, according to a recent Gartner report. Continue Reading