After a Spring spent in lockdown at home and a slow reopening during the summer, when fall hits it’s going to be busier than ever. It will be like 2020 rebooted itself!
Schools will be starting back up and businesses will be making up for lost time, adding more activity to an already busy post-summer season.
BE PREPARED! Ensure that you and your students have a laptop or desktop computer that can keep up. One that’s fast, reliable, and optimized.
You don’t have to purchase a whole new computer to get a faster and better performing system. There are two computer service updates that can work together to make your PC seem like new.
These are: An upgrade to a Solid-State Drive (SSD) and the latest copy of Windows 10.
We call this the Dynamic Duo of upgrades because for most users it can give them:
- Faster performance
- Faster boots and reboots
- Faster file and program opening
- Increased productivity
- Better workflows
- Helpful tools like being able to text from their PC
How Much Faster is an SSD Over a Regular Hard Disk Drive?
Let’s take a look at the first part of our Dynamic Duo, which is upgrading your hard drive to an SSD.
Prices have come down quite a bit for solid-state drives over the last few years, making them a perfect upgrade for improving the performance, speed, and reliability of your computer.
How Does an SSD Differ from an HDD?
An SSD uses flash memory to write to the disk. So, there are no moving parts, unlike with an HDD.
This results in faster read/write capabilities, longer lifespan, and faster program and file access for the user. SSDs also use less energy.
Speed & Reliability Comparison: SSD vs HDD
Here are some reliability and speed comparisons to give you an idea of how much faster upgrading to an SSD will make your computer. (ms = milliseconds)
- Access times:
- SSD: 0.1ms vs HDD: 5.5 – 8.0 ms
- Random disk request (I/O performance):
- SSDs are 15x faster than HDD
- Drive failure rate:
- SSD: 0.5% vs HDD: 2 – 5%
- Read/Write request times
- SSD: 20ms vs HDD: 400 – 500 ms
If you work on a laptop, then having an SSD is going to save you from all kinds of problems that can happen due to drops or just being stuffed in a backpack and moved around all week.
Because SSDs do not have any moving parts, they are more durable and less likely to have issues due to being moved around or dropped than HDDs. They also are very reliable in harsh environmental conditions. (extreme heat or cold).
What Can I Expect with the Latest Version of Windows 10?
Along with an upgrade to SSD, we can load onto your new drive the latest copy of Windows 10.
If you’ve been using an outdated copy of Windows (like Windows 7), your world will be completely changed for the better.
Windows 10 has been an extremely stable and well received version of Windows. It has approximately 58% of the global computer operating system market share.
There are several performance, security, and productivity benefits in Windows 10 that can improve your daily computing life. Here are some of the highlights.
Better Antivirus/Anti-Malware Protection
Remember when one of the first things you had to do after buying a new computer was to go out and find an antivirus program? Well, no longer! A great one comes standard with Windows 10.
Windows Security and Windows Defender firewall both come in Windows 10 at no extra cost. They represent a significant upgrade in system security over previous operating systems and consistently rank well in malware defense testing.
Voice Assistant Capabilities
Windows 10 brings Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to your PC to help you with multiple tasks.
You can ask Cortana to search out information on the web or attach your apps/accounts (like LinkedIn) and gain more voice-controlled capabilities.
Connect Your Android Phone & PC
Windows users have often looked on in envy at Mac users that could connect their iPhone and send text messages from their computer. You don’t have to feel like you’re missing out any longer.
One of the October 2018 updates to Windows 10 was an app called Your Phone. It links your Android device and PC so you can share images, text from your computer, and more. Very handy!
Improved Search & Start Menus
Some of the productivity time lost when you’re on your computer is spent searching for programs or files. A computer’s search function can either make or break your workflow.
Windows 10 has a powerful “all-in-one” search in the task bar that can simultaneously search a keyword in your files, on the web, in applications, images, and more.
The Start menu has also become completely customizable, making it simple for you to organize your most used applications into groupings like “For Fun,” “School Stuff,” or “Work Tools.”
Are You Ready to Take Your PC to the Next Level?
An upgrade to SSD loaded with Windows 10 can ensure you’re ready for a busy fall at work or school, plus give you several more years of usable life from your computer.