SSD prices are falling – should you get one?
For the more casual technology-adopters amongst us the
benefits of SSDs have been offset by their higher cost for several years now. They've certainly seen a steady rate of adoption if the number we're seeing on our data recovery lab is anything to go by, but their still not as onipresent as hard drives.
According to the latest news, though, the superior loading times offered by these flash-based storage devices no longer need come at a premium.
According to several reputable tech sites across the world wide web, the cost of both commercial and consumer SSDs is falling as a result of the market being oversupplied to the point where demand is significantly lower than supply. Still, tempting as the prospect of a bargain may be, you’re only really going to benefit from an SSD if the following apply:
You’re a gamer
Thanks to their lack of moving parts, SSDs offer loading times that are significantly superior to HDDs. For gamers, particularly those who download games in their entirety, the benefits of upgrading to an SSD are obvious.
When entire games are stored on HDDs, loading times can be agonisingly slow – so much so that they can diminish our enjoyment of even our favourite titles. Swap a HDD for an SSD, however, and gamers will see an immediate and truly palpable improvement.
You’re always multi-tasking
If you’re one of those people that has multiple programmes open at any given time (the type of person that edits several word docs and spreadsheets simultaneously, for instance) you’ll also see a noticeable improvement in your devices performance if you upgrade to an SSD.
All in all, this means that your productivity will improve and you’ll have more time to enjoy the fruits of your labour!
For all of the advantages SSDs have over HDDs, storage capacity is not one of them. Even if you’re willing to go to the top end of the market, you’re still going to find yourself with a maximum of around 500GB of storage and, as you’re reading this article, we think it’s a safe bet that you’re the kind of users that could fill this very, very quickly.
If you’re data-savvy enough to identify which files you’ll want to be able to access quickly and those that you’ll be happy to view less regularly then this doesn’t necessarily need to be a problem provided you’re happy to purchase another piece of storage media (such as an external HDD) in order to store your remaining data. We’d always recommend backing up regularly so you could simply kill two birds with one stone here.
You want a nicer overall experience
SSDs also consume less power than HDDs, are far quieter, don’t vibrate and don’t generate heat so, if you’re simply looking for a nicer experience when using your PC or laptop, upgrading to a SSD might be something worth considering.
Remember that SSDs, like all storage media, can fail, however. Should this ever happen to you, Fields Data Recovery have the expertise and technology to successfully conduct SSD data recovery. We even offer a free, no-obligation data recovery diagnostic and fixed-price quote.