From HDD to SSD
I upgraded to Windows 8 in less than a week after it was released. 3 weeks after that I bought a new external drive to store my personal files and movie collection. And another 3 weeks passed I bought a new Solid State Drive to replace my internal Hard Disk Drive. Well, it seemed like upgrading the OS wasn’t enough for me. (I’m still even thinking of buying more RAM – from 4GB to 16GB) What the heck is wrong with me?!
Well, so much for the spending spree. Upgrading the drive wasn’t really that easy. There are a lot of SSD brands in the market that choosing the right one, or the best one, is really quite difficult. First caught my attention was the Intel series. Then there’s the OCZ with, as per some people, more powerful features. But it’s not just the new features that I want but stability and durability. We’re talking about data here. It’s not something you can easily recover if lost. So I gotta choose carefully.
Just when I was comparing the 2 brands, a friend of mine suggested I take a look at 2 more brands – Crucial and Samsung. So there I was back on the screen and checking out reviews and looking for the best among the 4. And here’s what I found – listed according to who’s best, in descending order.
I wanted to buy the Samsung SSD but unfortunately there almost aren’t any selling them. Most of the stores have the Intel and the cheaper ones. So I got the Crucial M4.
I took out my laptop’s HDD, replaced it with the SSD and did a fresh install. I thought about just cloning the HDD but the reviews recommended otherwise. It was a quite a long process – installing the OS, the drivers, the updates, and my commonly used software. I need to have more patience.
So how’s the experience? I can say that it’s better than the HDD. The overall boot up process was fast. And the time a software takes to load was relatively shorter than when I was using the HDD.
Was it worth the expense? Still a little pricey for me. But well, guess I was on a spending spree. 😀