Question – Would It Be Worth It To Upgrade To An SSD?

I was surfing around this morning when I stumbled onto the Crucial memory site, which was touting the benefits of SSD [Solid-State Drives] vs the traditional mechanical hard drives most of us use. There is no doubt about it. SSD’s are the future and do boot very fast compared to the older mechanical hard disks. I continued reading the blurb from Crucial which stated:

What are the advantages of an SSD?

Superior reliability
The continuous motion generated by multiple moving parts creates heat, which is a leading factor in hard drive failure. In fact, hard drives are one of the notebook components most likely to fail. Because an SSD does not have moving parts, heat dissipation and noise are reduced or eliminated, resulting in a very rugged and reliable offering compared to a mechanical hard drive.

SSDs also have extreme shock and vibration tolerance, and their operating temperature ranges meet or exceed that of standard hard drives.

Increased power efficiency
Ever have your notebook battery die during a presentation? With no moving parts, SSDs require less power, improving battery operating time in notebook PCs and portable electronic devices.

Instant-load performance
Without the moving mechanical parts that cause latency issues, SSDs are not impeded by spin-up, seek time, or rotational latency. This equates to faster boot times, faster application loading, and greater overall system responsiveness. Via SATA, the Crucial 2.5-inch SSD offers a host data transfer rate of up to 3Gb/s, backward-compatible to SATA 1.5Gb/s.

Quiet acoustics
With no spinning parts, SSDs provide for silent operation, similar to that of a standard USB flash drive rather than the constant, noisy humming of a mechanical hard drive.

Reduced heat dissipation
Hard drives dissipate high levels of failure-inducing heat due to the parts necessary to operate the hard drive (such as the spinning platter). In contrast, SSDs produce little-to-no measurable heat because they have no moving parts, thus helping keep notebooks operating cooler.

Lightweight
Enjoy increased mobility with a lighter-weight SSD, which weighs less than a traditional mechanical drive.

Sure sounds good. So I decided to check what it would cost to replace the hard disk in my personal laptop. A 256 GB SSD was a whopping $699. I do realize that anytime we have something new that the prices are always high until more people buy them. But isn’t $699 kind of ridiculous?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Crucial

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Dick

    Two things override the many advantages of SSD’s. First is the very high price. Second is the low life expectancy of the drives. Until both of these disadvantages are overcome, I won’t switch.
    But, I sure would like to have one! Especially as my boot drive.

  • Gary Bing

    I’ve never had a hard drive ever in 20 years( the length of time I had my own computer I think, fail. When it does I will make the change for the operating system only. That wouldn’t be too bad because I would only need a small one. Mine are rarely noisy and I’m amazed with all the movable parts spinning around and stopping suddenly I haven’t had any problems.

  • John

    Buy a smaller SSD, say 60GB and load only your OS onto it. Get an external drive for all of your files and programs.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi John,
    Good idea. If and when my hard disk needs replacement, that is an option.
    Regards, Ron