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Why you need an Solid State Drive.
Compared to mechanical hard drives, solid state drives (SSDs) are extremely fast. That increase in speed comes with an increase in price. However, even though times are tough, splurging an extra few bucks for an SSD might be worth the cash. In most cases, the SSD wont cost much more due to flooding. On boot is where the SSD shines, in some cases reducing boot times by over 30 seconds. While SSDs might aide in boot times or loading up huge applications like Photoshop, unfortunately this is one of the few upgrades that will not show a huge effect on gaming, showing little to no effect on frames per second.
The storage capacity difference between an SSD and a mechanical hard drive is pretty large. The average $120 GB SSD costing nearly $130. For that price a 2TB mechanical hard drive can be purchased. The fact that laptop manufactureres are still including 5400 RPM drives in laptops is quite confusing. 7200 RPM mechanical drives are quite cheap and are already middle tier technology.
Our recommendation? If it is in your budget, use a solid state drive for your operating system as well as your main applications and store everything else on a secondary mechanical hard drive.
If you’re having trouble deciding which drive to get, take a look at this guide for some information. Always check benchmarks of comparable hardware before making a purchase, and be sure to read reviews as well.