This is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the primary reasons is that the SSD requires far less power to keep it running which is a huge plus if you are installing it in a laptop. You will find that an SSD will improve your battery life, because it takes less power to run an SSD over powering the older mechanical spinning drives. One of the other benefits is seek (or read) time. The SSD handles reads and writes much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart. The SSD boot times will be super fast compared to its mechanical counterpart.
Now for the other side of the coin, mechanical drives do have their uses. If you are running a desktop and need a lot of storage, the older mechanical path is your best bet. While the SSD’s are fast, they don’t have a massive storage capacity for a reasonable price. An example that I found was at Best Buy. A 1TB mechanical drive will cost you $277.00, while a 1TB SSD drive will cost you $850.00.
The bottom line – Your primary benefit right now for an SSD would be in a laptop configuration where battery power is a consideration. That being said as prices continue to drop, while size goes up, I would be all for putting an SSD in everything I own, as I have a need for speed.
What do you think? Post it in the comments.