Ever look inside a solid-state drive? Neither had I — until I bought one and had to disassemble it to make it fit into mynotebook.
This story ultimately has a happy ending, but unexpected trouble along the way made the process far more difficult than it needed to be.
First, let me say up front: I love my new solid-state drive. That sucker is fast!
I can click on a large application such as Microsoft Word, and it pops open almost instantly. My favorite image-processing software, GIMP, used to take whole minutes to load; now it takes just seconds. My PC starts up and shuts down much faster. Data-saves happen in an eyeblink. It’s great!
I got the SSD to augment the performance of a brand-new, 64-bit notebook. Equipped with a traditional, spinning-platter hard drive, the new system was reasonably zippy right out of the box. But I wanted to see what an SSD could do to unlock the full potential of the new hardware.
And man — unlock it, it did. Running benchmark tests on both the new SSD and the stock drive, I found the SSD on average three times faster writing data and twice as fast reading. That was for long, sustained operations; peak performance was even better.
The SSD even pegged Windows’ built-in, disk-drive Experience Index, posting a perfect 7.9. (The scale doesn’t go any higher; Microsoft explanation.)
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