Perk up your PC or Notebook
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Perk up your PC or Notebook

I know, everyone wants their PC or laptop to be faster. Today everything is instant and we want our computers to be the same. By now if you think like that you have likely already upped the memory in your computer to 4 Gigabytes and still it is not snappy enough for you.

I felt the same and found the answer in a Solid State Drive (SSD). Still a bit pricey, but they have dropped considerably since last year. I opted for a 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s which is just about the fastest SSD you can buy with read speeds up to 355MB/s. If you are using it in a Notebook there is the added advantage quiet operation because there are no moving parts and longer battery life.

I have had my Crucial SSD since last April (when it was double today’s price) and it has performed well. In real world experience the boot speed of my Windows 7 Desktop went from 30 seconds to 14. Big applications such as Word and Acrobat load in a blink and overall the computer feels very snappy.Take a look at what the Windows 7 Performance tool sees.

The 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s is listed at a cash discount price of $265 at Microbytes. The price is still a bit steep perhaps, but I feel the performance kick is worth the price.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Steven Bely

    I second Bob’s comments. SSD’s are the single most impact you can give your current IDE or SATA driven PC. I suggest looking for drives with a Sandforce 2 controller, there are several on the market, and 80 GB is sufficient to run OP system, and several programs. Keep your old drive for data storage. Note, SSD drives benefit from built in “trim” that windows 7 offers….Finally, do not defrag SSD like your old drive,( There is no need, there is no moving parts), but if you absolutely are a neat freak and want an orderly drive, use a specialty program like Disk Keeper, which has special features for solid state drives……Steve

    January 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Ed Lewis

    Good article Bob. I always wondered about the SSD performance boost. Now I know. I suspect that with the old hard drive installed, you probably got a 5.9 from windows.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm Reply

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