Solid State Drive – Booting To Desktop Has Never Been This Fun (and Fast)

At long last, I have ascended from typical Hard Disk Drive to using Solid State Drive. Booting to desktop and loading your usual programs in very fast manner is bliss. But if you’re like me and got little confused if you will upgrade or just stick to the mechanical storage you are using right now, read below.

So, you’re little confused if you’ll finally upgrade your aging HDD to SSD or just want to an extra storage and SSD crossed in your mind. But you still have the wariness on what are the pros and cons of using one. Well, in my all around PC, I’m still stuck in using HDD as I still can’t justify enough to myself that it is necessary aside from faster boot up or loading time. With the cost of an entry level SSD now within reach, I still find time to ask myself these questions, is it worth it? Is it worth the price tag considering I could get a larger capacity of HDD with that price? Before we go deep on to the details, let’s define first what an HDD and SSD are for to our non-techy readers in layman’s term as possible as I can.
Solid State Drive or SSD, just like the traditional Hard Disk Drive or HDD, this also where you store your computer application, pictures, music and all other stuff that you normally save on your HDD. To give you a better idea on what’s their difference, I have cited some of their main distinctions:

If we take a look at the table above, SSD has the most positive traits if compared with HDD. Does it mean that SSD is really better than the HDD? Well, technically not all. It will still depend on individual needs and of course, the prices of both will play a vital role in terms of decision making. But having a PC that boots on an average of 40 seconds, it feels like there’s something wrong with my PC. In this case, the total seconds to boot up to the desktop screen is 60 seconds. Although there are other things that can be considered to negate the long boot up time such as minimizing the number of programs and drivers to load during start up or even adding an extra RAM can be considered to hasten the process. Another thing is the opening of application. Who wouldn’t want to load their favorite game in less than 15 seconds? Well I do! 

So, I made a list of SSD that I think are pocket friendly and available right now in our local stores.

1. Western Digital WD Green 120GB – P 2,900.00

2. SanDisk Plus 120GB – P 2,950.00

3. Kingston UV400 120GB – P 2,980.00

4. SanDisk Ultra II 120GB – P 3,150.00

5. Adata SU800 128GB – P 3,200.00

6. Intel 504 Series 120GB – P 3,290.00

7. SanDisk Plus 240GB – P 4,250.00

8. Samsung 850 Evo 250GB – P 4,770.00

9. Kingston UV400 240GB – P 4,950.00

Just to see the pricing difference, below are the current prices of HDD. Although there are two types of HDD; Internal with 3.5” size for desktop and 2.5” for laptop. I’ll only be listing down the Internal HDD 3.5” since this is the most common HDD that we are using right now.

1. Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA 6 – P 2,200.00

2. Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6 – P 2,490.00

3. Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 6 – P 3,620.00

4. Seagate Barracuda 3TB SATA 6 – P 4,750.00

5. Toshiba 500GB 7200rpm SATA 3 – P 1,950.00

6. Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB – P 2,160.00

7. Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB – P 2,350.00

8. Western Digital Caviar Blue 2TB – P 3,600.00

9. Western Digital Caviar Blue 3TB – P 4,690.00

10. Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB – P 3,100.00

11. Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB – P 3,790.00 

If you’ll notice, I did not include HDDs with more than 5,000 in price so we can easily differentiate the SSD vs. HDD, both pricing and capacity.

 The difference in pricing between HDD and SSD are pretty obvious. Take a look at the number 1 on our list for HDD and SSD; they already have a 25% difference. But setting aside the prices of the two, having an SSD will be one of the most noticeable upgrades you will experience.

 Stay tune as we will unbox and give a small review about Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD.

 Thanks for reading!


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