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Tired of waiting for your computer to boot up when you switch it on? Or waiting for your desktop to load once you do log-on? Frustrated with the time it takes for your applications to start, your browsers to load or your files to save and download?

Even new laptops and desktops can run slowly, especially if you use energy-sapping applications like Outlook, Sage, Adobe Creative and other design or drawing packages like CAD and BIM.  

So how can you turn your PC into a powerhouse, without spending a fortune?

With a Solid State Drive!

Installing a Solid State Drive (SSD) into your desktop or laptop is a simple upgrade that can massively improve the performance of your PC.

First, let’s look at the difference between traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD).

Most laptops and desktops are shipped with a hard disk drive as standard. The disk drive (both HDD and SSD) read and write data on your PC so they work to fetch files and save documents etc.

HDDs have many moving parts, whereas SSDs do not. This makes SSDs less likely to suffer malfunctions, they’re lighter and quieter.

What are the actual time savings when switching from HDD to SSD?

Talking in seconds and minutes might not seem like a lot of time, but when you add up the small increments of time that you’re losing every day because of a slow running computer, the savings are big.

Intel did some research between two PCs that had exactly the same set-up except for the disk drive. In a year, the time savings from everyday tasks including booting up, saving files and sending emails was 27 hours a year. And that’s just one computer. Multiply that by every member of staff you have, and you’re losing days of productivity from slow performing technology.

Real-Time Speed Comparison

In this video from Asus, their representative Rob demonstrates how much time a computer with an SSD saves when performing standard functions. The speed difference would be delivered by any brand, we just thought this was the video that best demonstrated the differences.

The good news is that upgrading your PC or laptop to an SSD is straightforward and relatively inexpensive. The cost of SSDs has fallen drastically over the past few years, and they take around 1 hour of engineering time to install per PC.

And with an SSD upgrade you don’t have to reconfigure your entire setup as you would with a new computer. Your emails, data, folders, connections are all the same, only faster!

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Should you upgrade your SSD or buy a new PC?

A slow running PC can be down to the type of applications you're running, or it may just be time to upgrade your PC.

We've listed some of the issues you might be experiencing, and whether we would recommend an SSD upgrade or a new PC.

Is your PC more than 5 years old?
Yes - Buy a new PC
No - Upgrade your SSD

Do you use Adobe Creative, or other creative design packages?
Yes - Upgrade your SSD

Is your hardware still supported by the Original Equipment Manufacturer?
Yes - upgrade your SSD
No- Buy a new PC

Do you need to be able to keep several browsers open at one?
Yes - Upgrade your SSD

Does your business rely on productivity of people?
Yes - upgrade your SSD

*These answers might not be the right fit for everyone. If you'd like us to assess your technology ask us about our technology audit.

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