If you have been frustrated by the slowness of your current laptop, there is a good chance that the slowness is being caused by the hard disk drive. Laptops generally come with Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) or Solid State Drives (SSDs). Up until recently, HDDs of various capacities were the standard. For example, you might be using a 1TB HDD.

A couple of years back there was an expectation that all software was going to the cloud and that the performance of local laptops and PCs would become irrelevant. There was an expectation that the real computing was going to happen behind the scenes in the cloud somewhere. While this did happen to some extent, the world’s favourite business software company, Microsoft has been doing its own thing and this thing is using more and more local computing resources. 

Windows and Microsoft Office applications have been greedily taking up the computing resources of your local computer. The more file storage that you use locally the slower your laptop becomes with the weakest link often being the HDD.

Robert Cox of Innessco (IT specialist for legal practices) says that HDDs are mechanical devices that can slow everything else down. Unlike HDDs, SSDs have no moving parts. In a sense, SSDs are designed for speed, whereas HDDs are designed for capacity. Being mechanical devices, HDDs are prone to breaking. Robert Cox points out that SSDs don’t last forever either. They have a limited lifespan which is a function of the number of times data is ‘written’ to them.

So is it as simple as just buying a laptop with a SSD instead of a HDD? Unfortunately SSDs are more expensive than HDDs. This has resulted in lower storage capacity SSDs being released to the laptop market.

While a 1TB HDD was common for a laptop, a typical SSD capacity is 256GB. However, Robert Cox says that this lower capacity is very workable in an enterprise environment where data is stored on a central server.

But it’s June and if you can benefit from a tax deduction then consider also that SSDs are now also available in 512GB.