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SSD Upgrades

Speed up your computer

Memory or Storage?

Whilst they are both measured in gigabytes they do different things for your computer. Storage holds your files, programs and operating system (often Windows). Memory is your computer’s thinking space and determines how many programs you can have open at the same time.

 

Upgrading your storage would help your computer turn on faster, make programs open more quickly and feel more responsive. Upgrading your memory would be useful if you have lots of things open at the same time or need to work on large photos or videos.

A traditional hard drive (often referred to as an HDD) has spinning platters inside it. An SSD (solid state drive) has no moving parts. This means they are faster, use less power, are quieter and last longer. An SSD also does not require regular defragmenting to keep working well.

Drives come in a number of different sizes and choosing the right one is important. There are 4 major types:

  • 3.5” used for HDD’s in desktops
  • 2.5” used for laptop and all in one HDDs and more SSD’s, can be adapted to 3.5” easily with a converter
  • M.2 attached directly to the motherboard and used on higher end desktops and laptops
  • eMMC – a storage chip soldered to the motherboard which unfortunately cannot be upgraded (common in entry level laptops)

We can move your information to a new drive and ensure it is working properly. If you are unsure about what kind of drive you would need you get in contact with us and we would be happy to help.

What we recommend

2.5" or 3.5" SSD

These Kingston drives are at a great price and are available in sizes from 120gb to 2TB (1TB = 1000gb). They would be a significant upgrade from any HDD and can fit into most laptops or desktops.

If you are replacing a 3.5” drive you would need an adapter (often called a caddy) to allow it to fit properly.

M.2 Drive

The Samsung 970 Evo Plus is a fantastic SSD with excellent read and write speeds and would be ideal for a gamer or someone who works with high quality video.