Posts Tagged ‘ssd’

Seagate to Launch Affordable 8TB Archive Consumer Hard Drive

Monday, December 15th, 2014

I’m still having a hard time figuring out why the average user would need an 8 TB hard drive … but then again, not so many years ago, I also thought that 500 Gig hard drives were more than the average user would need.

Seagate’s new 8 Terabyte Archive HDD hard drive will launch in January 2015. Storage is one of the few things where regular platter-based drives beat Solid State Drives in. Not only do these hard drives offer storage capacities at the higher end that SSDs don’t offer yet, they are also much cheaper when you compare the price per Gigabyte or price per Terabyte.


Move Windows to a New Samsung SSD

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

If you’ve been considering making the transition to a solid state drive, but are put off by the idea of reinstalling Windows on a new drive, there’s a program to help you around that problem …

I have been running a Solid State Drive (SSD) as my primary hard drive for the last couple of years. My first experience with first generation SSDs was not really that good, as I had to endure performance drops after some time of usage.


Encrypt and Erase to Delete Data Reliable on SSDs

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

If you use solid state drives, here’s a security tip that’s worth consideration …

The security of data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) is not only important for government agencies and enterprises, but also for end users. Even if you do not plan on selling or giving away the hard drive or computer at all, you may encounter situations where someone else gets access to the PC. Maybe it is stolen by a thief, taken from you by a police raid, or someone in your organization or home starts to look at the data it contains more closely.


Setting Windows Virtual Memory: Why You Need To and What About SSDs?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Given the amount of RAM supported by most modern PC’s, it’s easy to over look the importance of virtual memory settings …

Virtual memory is a throwback to Windows of old, when the physical memory available to a computer was severely limited.  Essentially it uses a chunk of space on your computer’s hard disk as a memory swap file.  Unfortunately, Windows has always been terrible at managing this file allowing to dynamically grow and shrink depending on what the operating system needs at the time.


Solid State Drives and Encryption – A No-Go?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The speed and silence of solid state drives are definitely attractive, but it looks like the hardware manufacturers still have a few bugs to work out …

Modern Solid State Drives are faster than their platter-driven brethren. They do have additional advantages like being completely silent when operating and better shock proof. The disadvantages are the high price per Gigabyte of storage space and unreliability when it comes to erasing or deleting data from the storage media. Especially the latter point can have severe security implications.


Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox 2 – Now with System Optimizer and Secure Erase

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

If you’re thinking of switching over to a solid state drive, you might want to think about picking this up too …

Solid State Drives (SSD) are different from conventional platter based hard drives in several key aspects. The drives do not need to be defragmented for instance. The operating system needs to be configured slightly different as well if the SSD is used as the primary hard drive.


Windows 7 and SSDs

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Price and memory capacity are the main things that are holding me back from going the SSD route …

Ed Bott has published a very interesting article today about the benefits of running Windows 7 on a solid state hard disk (SSD).  He wanted to test the real-world benefits, if there are any, of upgrading to an SSD on which to install your copy of Windows.


Make Sure Your SSD is Connected Correctly

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Here’s a program that allows you to check the efficiency of your SSD …

One of the main advantages of Solid State Drives (SSD) is their speed compared to conventional platter-based hard drives. They should in theory speed up reading and writing processes on the operating system. Sometimes however SSD seem to run at a slower than advertised speed with users reporting all kinds of problems associated like freezes or hangs on the PC.


Intel Data Migration Software

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

If you’re interested in experimenting with the new solid state drives, here’s a migration tool for Intel …

I have reviewed the data migration software Paragon Migrate OS To SSD just a few days ago. The software allows a user to migrate from one hard drive to a solid state drive even if the storage space of the SSD is less than the storage space on the source hard drive. It is still available for free, but will likely turn commercial once it leaves beta.

Now Intel has published a software to migrate data from a hard drive to Intel solid state drives as well. The Intel Data Migration Software was developed by Acronis for Intel, to offer Intel SSD owners an option to migrate from their old hard drive to the new Intel solid state drive.


Paragon Migrate OS to SSD (Early Adopter)

Friday, October 8th, 2010

If you’re anxious to check out those new solid state drives, here’s a program that might be helpful …

Solid State Drives are becoming increasingly popular, with prices slowly dropping and capacities increasing. It will take another few years before these new storage devices will replace conventional hard drives on most computer systems.

Still, some early adopters cannot resist the temptation and buy SSDs, despite their price tag and relatively low storage capacities. Sometimes, users buy a SSD for their old system, with the intention to replace the current hard drive the system is installed on.