Solid State Drives

SSD (Solid State Drive) are a revolutionary shift in the way we store data on our computers! Rather than using standard hard disks with spinning platters and other moving parts, solid state drives contain no moving parts--lessening the risk of damage due to shock, heat, and vibrations! Additional benefits include:

Performance

    • Starting up your PC, launching applications, loading and saving large files and documents, and just about everything else you do with your PC is faster when you remove the bottleneck of an old-fashioned hard drive and fit your computer with a solid state drive.

Increased Reliability

    • Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of traditional hard drives. That's important for desktop PCs, and essential for traditionally fragile laptops.

Cool and Quiet, with Low Power Consumption

    • Traditional mechanical hard drives spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. This takes power, and generates noise and heat. Since SSDs have no moving parts, there's no noise or vibration, and the lower power consumption helps keep things cool inside your PC.

Solid State Drive Upgrade Options:

  • 64GB Solid State Drive:$229
    • Up to 500MB/s Read and 95MB/s Write
    • 3 Year manufacturer warranty
  • 120GB Solid State Drive:$289
    • Up to 550MB/s Read and 510MB/s Write
    • 3 Year manufacturer warranty
  • 240GB Solid State Drive:$399
    • Up to 560MB/s Read and 520MB/s Write
    • 3 Year manufacturer warranty
  • 480GB Solid State Drive:$759
    • Up to 540MB/s Read and 455MB/s Write
    • 3 Year manufacturer warranty

Update July 1, 2012. All prices include data transfer & installation.*

Solid State Drive FAQ

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Almost certainly, yes. Solid state drives are much faster than traditional hard drives and can increase the speed of your computer dramatically. How much depends quite a bit on the components of your computer, however we have seen performance improvements in excess of 100% (no BS!)
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There are a few things you should consider before upgrading to a SSD:

  1. Solid state drives are generally smaller than hard drives. As such, you need to make sure you purchase one with enough space for your usage. In a desktop PC environment, we usually install a solid state drive in conjunction with a regular hard drive for storage to eliminate this issue. In a laptop this may or may not be possible.
  2. Solid state drives are NOT a backup. Even though they are faster and more reliable, like standard hard drives, they MUST be backed up regularly.

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Surprisingly there is only one downside to having an SSD. We’ve seen no evidence to suggest that solid state drives fail more frequently or faster than standard hard drives, however, when SSD’s fail, it is almost impossible to retrieve information off the drive. Data recovery may be possible, however it will be expensive-- SSDs are new and many recovery tools are still in development. As with any storage medium, you must backup your data!

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Upgrade your  computer today and experience the difference in speed a solid state drive can make - call us at  778-355-8000 today.

*Prices are for SSD upgrades from good hard drives. If your old hard drive has errors, additional charges may apply.