|Posted on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 AM|
The hard drive disk (HDD) that stores your programs, documents, music, & photos in your laptop or desktop computer is a mechanical device with many moving parts. Inside your HDD are spinning platters that look like silver CDs, and a little arm that moves back and forth like the arm on a record player. This means that it takes time for the computer to physically look up the millions of bits of data that it needs to run throughout the day.
A NEW type of drive called a solid state drive (SSD) has no moving parts at all. SSDs store your data on memory chips, sort of like what are in USB drives or the SD card that goes in a digital camera, so the computer can find the data it needs nearly instantaneously!
Replacing your HDD with an SSD can improve your computer's operating speed up to 10 or 15 times! Some computers even qualify for a hard drive 'clone', which means all your programs and data are exactly the same after the upgrade, only everything runs WAY faster!