When we talk about a slow computer the main cause is often due to the machine being fitted with a mechanical drive, we call this a hard drive (HDD). A typical Drive is often 7200 RPM, older machines are fitted with 5400 RPM drives, it is these drives that begin to slow down over time.
What is an HDD?
With an HDD that is a mechanical drive is a magnetic platter that spins while it is either read from or written too. Parts from a mechanical drive begin to slow and degrade over time, with wear and tear on parts you may boot up one day to find either the drive has failed or begins to present issues. Once issues occur then you are on the way to complete failure.
Fragmentation can occur on a Mechanical Drive, this slows down access times and when accessing data the platter has to move to the point of where the data is stored, any damage and it can render recovery a futile process.
We have been using an HDD since the ’80s, so you can see that using a newer would improve your machine.
What is an SSD?
An SSD labelled as a Solid State drive does not use platters, it uses microchips, data can be accessed instantly and the access times are far superior to a mechanical drive, often as much as 6 times faster, which means your machine will be 6 times faster. Not only that but an SSD has no moving parts, an ideal addition to a laptop computer.
Where the mechanical drive has to move around to access the data, an SSD moves files around automatically to optimise the location of the data and keep data on instant access.
Even if you don’t want to replace the drive in your machine, you can benefit from installing your Operating System on an SSD and using the mechanical drive just to store data and not application files.
Although we recommend a clean install we are able to clone your HDD to an SSD, this will have all programs, Operating Systems and Settings in place.
Need help upgrading?
We can upgrade in one of two ways - firstly we can close your existing hard drive and keep the operating system, all your documents and photos or we can do a clean install of an operating system of your choice.
We can do this upgrade on an iMac, Apple MacBook, Windows and Linux Machines, Laptops and even Gaming machines.