SSD vs SATA: Should you upgrade?

If you have a computer that is starting to slow down, you may be thinking that it is time for a new one. However, before you make the decision to purchase new, it is worth at least considering an upgrade. The first thing I would look at is the RAM. If you are able to add significant capacity for a low cost, you may be able to get a few more years out of your aging PC. By significant capacity, I am talking at least 1 GB if not more. However, if you aren’t able to add much more RAM, you may want to consider an SSD drive. Also, if you do decide to purchase a new PC, this article can help you decide if you want your new PC to have an SSD drive.

I was reading an article from computer world recently. This article is a bit dated, but proves a good point, that SSD technology is much faster than SATA technology. In this article, computer world is able to show that the SSD started up 100% faster, restarted almost 50% faster, and had read/write times that were double as fast as the SATA drive.  This article was written a few years ago and SSD speeds have only improved in the recent years. By contrast, SATA drives have seen little improvement in recent years.  Also, SSD drive prices are still high, but they have come down quite a bit over the past year or so. Due to all these factors, you may want to consider an upgrade if you think this will bring your computer back up to speed. For me personally, I would consider this if my PC had at least 2GB of RAM and a multi-core processor.  If my current PC specs were below this threshold, I would opt for a new PC. Hopefully this can help you decide if an upgrade is worth the money and effort.

If you do decide for a new PC, I would recommend going for a SSD drive for your primary OS drive and then adding a large, cheap SATA drive for your file storage and non-essential programs. This will really allow Windows to work quickly.

This was a guest post from the authors at Dom’s Tech Blog, feel free to check out 9 free ways to fix a slow computer which may help you further with your aging PC.

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Tools to Defrag Your Hard Drive

The hard drive is one of the slowest pieces of hardware on a computer. It is ideal to keep the hard drive running as efficiently as possible One easy and great way to keep the hard drive running well is to defragment your hard drive regularly. In this article, we will be looking at tools you can use to defragment your computer’s hard drive.

Windows Defrag Tool

The Windows Defragmentation tool comes with Windows, does a good job, and is easy to use. To Defragment your hard drive, open up “My Computer”, Right Click on C:, Click properties, Click the “Tools” Tab, Click “Defragment Now”, Click Defragment, click OK. That is it. The great thing about the Windows tool is that it is built-in and super easy to find and use.

Defraggler

Defraggler is a great tool by piriform. This tool is free and easy to use. In my opinion, it also does a better job than the Windows Defragmentation tool. It has many cool features such as a way to defrag free space and a cool tool visualizing space usage on your hard drive and in memory. You can find defraggler at http://www.piriform.com/defraggler.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

The last tool we will talk about is Disk Defrag from Auslogics. This is another great tool. It is easy to use and also is free for home use. We also thought this utility did a bit better than the Windows defrag tool. It was quicker and had more features that the Windows built-in tool. You can find it at http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/.

No matter what tool you use, it is crucial to defrag your hard drive often. I would recommend doing this at least monthly. If you have not defragged in awhile, it may be worth defragging multiple times in a row, especially if you are using the Windows tool. This will help keep your computer from running slow.

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