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Upgrade: HDD to SSD

Hard drives are the workhorses of our technological lives. We place so much importance on pure speed that it’s easy to overlook developments in how we store our precious data. In the past, we only needed to worry with the pure volume of data our hard drive could hold. Now, we have another option – solid state hard drives. This post will discuss SSDs and why they are a great upgrade for your computing life. The following topics are discussed:

  • No Moving Parts
  • Heat Matters
  • SSD Upgrade – Speed Save Data
  • SSD Upgrade – Speedy Stable Durable
  • SSD Upgrade Con — Expensive

No Moving Parts

As the name may indicate, SSDs don’t rely on a spinning disc to store and retrieve data. In essence, your desktop or laptop can have the same sort of memory hardware used in your phone, tablet, and USB storage devices. Older hard disk drives (HDDs) rely on a spinning platter to operate. Thus, standard drives are vulnerable to bumps and jostles. The moving parts also create a good deal of heat.

Heat Matters

Heat is the number one killer of computers. Over time, heat causes performance to lag and is the primary factor that ages your machine. An SSD does not have moving parts and thus does not generate much, if any, heat inside your computer. Thus, your motherboard, processor, and RAM memory chips are safer when you use an SSD. Plus, you’ll love the performance benefits.

SSD Upgrade – Speed Save Data

Your old hard disk saves and retrieves data pretty well, you might think. You’re not wrong, but a solid state drive is incapable of fragmenting data. That is, when your HDD fills up, it increasingly has to spread larger files over more of the disk, causing fragmentation. If you work with a large database, you might notice that it loads slow, or that saving can take a while. When you upgrade to an SSD, your files will remain intact and easily accessed.

SSD Upgrade – Speedy Stable Durable

Since SSDs have no moving parts, they are far more durable. If you must frequently take your laptop on business trips, or just to the coffee shop down the street, your HDD is likely being jostled on a regular basis. While this doesn’t pose a problem when the computer is turned off, your hard drive can become irreparably damaged when someone in the coffeeshop kicks your power cord and sends the computer crashing to the floor.

SSD Upgrade Con: Expensive

The chief negative aspect of SSDs is the cost. They are becoming more and more plentiful, which is encouraging, but their price remains rather high. However, you can opt for a lower-capacity drive if you have a computer that is frequently exposed to higher ambient heat, jostling, and other hazards. For a reasonable price, you can install a 128 gigabyte SSD and then use cloud storage, or an external drive, for your larger files.

On the other hand, if you go ahead and upgrade to a 1 terabyte drive, it will not break the bank but give you more peace of mind for the long-term. Since these drives are built to be long-lived, you can always transplant the drive into your next computer.


Upgrading to an SSD is an important step in protecting your data and the resources you’ve developed as a businessperson, artist, or human. Though the price tag might seem steep, think of it as an insurance plan for the information that drives your life

MacPCX, in Portland’s Hollywood district, is happy to help you upgrade to an SSD. Contact us via our website, or on the telephone: (971) 270-9707. For support, call: (503) 512-0064. Find us near the Hollywood Theatre in the 42nd Street Station.

We offer immediate, online support for any computer issues you encounter.

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