The Benefits of Solid State Drives

With Crucial® solid state technology, you won't need your hard drive anymore. Designed to replace traditional hard drives, there are benefits of solid state drives (SSDs). Solid state drives use flash memory to deliver superior performance and durability. Because there are lots of small, moving parts inside your hard drive — magnetic heads, spindles, and spinning platters — it's easy for things to go wrong and you could lose your important data.

If you're looking to keep your data safe and improve the performance of your system, here are five reasons why you should consider an SSD. Read what our fans have to say about the advantages of SSDs.

1. More durable

With traditional hard drives, the continuous motion generated by small moving parts creates heat, which is a leading factor in hard drive failure. Because SSDs don't have moving parts, they're more reliable and more shock-resistant than traditional hard drives. They're also more resistant to common drops, accidents, and wear and tear because they don't have the small, damage-susceptible parts of traditional hard drives. If you happened to drop your laptop and it had an SSD installed, your screen would probably break before the SSD.

2. Faster

Without moving parts to slow your computer down, SSDs aren't just faster; they're ready to go when you are. Crucial SSDs offer instant-load performance, meaning faster boot times, faster application loading times, and better system responsiveness.

An illustration which demonstrates the benefits of an SSD compared to a hard disk drive when it comes to computer program loading times

3. Easier to carry

Because SSDs weigh less than hard drives, they're more mobile-friendly; making your laptop lighter and easier to carry. With lightweight components and solid construction, SSDs are better suited for the rigors of constant travel.

4. More efficient

An advantage of SSDs is that they have no moving parts, as a result, they require less power to operate, which means you'll get longer battery life. They're even quieter, too.

An illustration which demonstrates the benefits of an SSD compared to a hard disk drive when it comes to computer efficiency

5. Easy to install

With little more than a screwdriver and your owner's manual, you can install a Crucial SSD — no experience necessary! Read more about how to install an SSD.

Summary – Solid State Drive Benefits

So why choose an SSD drive? Solid state drives deliver faster load times for games, applications, and movies. Furthermore, thanks to the technology they employ, SSDs are relatively light, and are more portable, being able to withstand movement and droppage. Another benefit is that solid state drives use less energy, allowing computers to run cooler.

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