When a PC gets old we always get the same tirade: change the device for a new one or change components to give it a little more life. This is an issue that influences different aspects, such as our budget or the exchange options that the old team has. However, in this article, we are not going to deal with that doubt, but we are going to see one of the last components that we can update to give more life to our PC: the hard disk.
Traditional hard drive versus SSD
The hard drive is one of the key elements of any computer, in which data, documents, applications, and the operating system are stored. A tool subjected to almost continuous reading and writing, sending and receiving data. Therefore, it is clear that an improvement in this component will have a positive effect on PC performance.
In this regard, for a long time, we have had no choice but to resort to conventional hard drives. Discs based on a technology whereby data is stored on a “plate” (a disc) that is read with a magnetic arm, in the manner of a turntable. A system that has evolved with the increase in the revolutions at which that disc rotates, up to 7,200 of the fastest discs.
However, this technology has already been surpassed by the SSD system, which uses an electronic system for reading and storing files. A process in which all mechanical parts are dispensed while multiplying the disk access speed by four. Therefore, to give a little more life to one of these computers we have only to change the conventional hard drive for one in this format.
What is the improvement?
According to the different published tests, there are several points where the fastest data transfer improvement that these hard drives have is noted, although in general there is a considerable increase in performance in almost any task that makes a certain use of the HDD.
We begin by analyzing the start of the team and the closing of the team. In general, this process can take about 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the applications installed and how optimized the process is. According to the different tests, the start-up time tends to require around 50% less time compared to conventional start-ups, so you will have to wait for less for your equipment to be ready. As for the closure, the reduction in time can reach 60%, the improvement being greater if they are processes of high write load.
Another of the usual tests performed on these systems is file copying. The most common test is to copy a 1 GB file or copy different files of varying sizes with the same amount of data. In both cases, the higher speed and power of the SSD hard drive are appreciated in terms of data processing. Specifically, the SSD hard drive has been accelerating the process by around 40% compared to what a conventional copy would take. This process is faster in the case of large files than small ones, reaching 60% time savings in this case. The larger the files, the more efficient the processing offered by the SSD.
Finally, within the great tasks that we have to perform, we will take a look at the opening of high demand applications or their installation. In the case of one of these applications, such as Photoshop, the time saved is around 50% of what the process would take with a conventional hard disk. If what we do is load some high demand game we will see how the speed is reduced by around 25%, on average. And if what we do is install a large application, it is possible to achieve savings of 40% in the time required for a conventional hard drive.
Problems with this update
As we have seen, choosing the best SSD hard drives you to add speed and efficiency to almost any conventional computer. But it is necessary to take into account certain details so that everything works as it should.
One of the main problems we will have when updating ourselves is the motherboard. Many times this plate is the largest bottleneck in terms of transferring data, especially if the plate is very old. Something that has to do with the capacity of the buses on the motherboard as far as moving said data is concerned. If the capacity is not enough to satisfy the data traffic generated by the SSD then we will see as part of the advantages of this disk are diluted.
Something similar happens also with RAM. Today, a basic PC or even a portable computer should not have less than 4 GB of this type of memory. If it is lower, a system overload effect will occur, since the RAM that we do not have available is going to be used directly from the conventional hard disk … or the SSD if it is the only one we have. Something that will affect your ability to function and your overall performance. So if your device has less than that 4 GB of RAM, you should still add a RAM module to your shopping list.
By the way, do not forget to install on this hard drive an operating system that is compatible with modern SSDs. If your old computer uses Windows Vista or XP, this is essential, since we can only use SSD hard drives from Windows 7 onwards.