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Solid state drives

Last response: in Storage
August 4, 2011 11:49:30 PM


Are solid state drives worth their money installed into an i5 laptop, would the processing speed be dramically increased compared to that of a standard hard drive please?

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a b G Storage
August 5, 2011 12:27:39 AM

Disk drives don't affect processing speed - that's the CPU.

An SSD in a laptop should speed up booting (especially on something with a good CPU, like an i5), and program loading.

Whether it's worth the cost is something you have to judge for yourself, but given that you are likely to boot a laptop more often than a desktop, I have every intention of getting an SSD in my next laptop.

BTW: depending on the chip set in your laptop, you may not be able to get any significant advantage from a SATA III SSD, so you might as well choose from the SATA II SSDs - they are significantly less expensive. Maybe that makes it more attractive?