If you want to improve your computer, exchanging its hard drive for an SSD is the best investment you can make. Although they are more expensive and generally have less capacity, SSDs are much faster than hard drives. With this, every time your computer needs to read information from storage, it will do it faster.
In other words: you will feel the benefits of your investment every time you turn on your computer, open large files and launch programs (that is, practically all the time). This comes, however, at the expense of a little space (in addition to a lot of money).
Before spending the money, however, it is important to think about a few things to ensure that you invest the money in the best possible way. Below, we've listed the five things you need to think about when choosing an SSD. Check out:
SSDs usually range in capacity from 120 GB to 1 TB. If you have a 1 TB hard drive, you may even be tempted to spend a fortune on an SSD of the same size. Before you do that, though, think about it: are those 200 films that you downloaded two years ago and haven't watched yet worth that much money? On the other hand, if your 1 TB hard drive is full of heavy files that you use frequently and with a lot of heavy games installed, it is useless to want to stick São Paulo in São Bernardo and buy a SSD of only 120 GB. Migrating to an SSD will likely require you to sacrifice some files to save a lot of money, so think about it.
2. SATA 3 interface
SSDs connect to the computer's motherboard via a SATA interface - the same used by hard drives. However, there are SATA 2 and SATA 3 standards: SATA 2 supports up to 3 Gbps of data transmission; SATA 3, in turn, supports twice as much, so it can be up to twice as fast. The essential thing here is to find out if your motherboard has support for SATA 3 interfaces. If it doesn't, there is no point investing in an SSD with this interface anymore, because your motherboard will not be able to support it anyway.
You will need to fit this SSD somewhere on your computer. SSDs in general are 2,5 inches wide, which makes them the same size as notebook hard drives, but smaller than desktop hard drives (which are 3,5 inches in general). If you are going to install your SSD on a PC, make sure you have space in your case to accommodate it. If you are going to put it in the notebook, be smart at the time of purchase and confirm that it is actually 2,5 inches: if it is bigger, it may end up not fitting inside your laptop.
4. Price and brand
Buying an SSD can be expensive, but remember: all information on your computer will be recorded on it. Is it worth it to pay cheaper and take the risk of seeing the device malfunction and delete everything you have? No, it's not worth it. Don't take any chances at this time: stick to the most famous brands or ones you already trust, and do a search on the internet to see if there are many cases of problems with that brand. Some brands promise higher speeds than others, so they are more expensive. This may be an important factor for you, but don't worry too much about it: any SSD is very faster than any HD.
Some SSDs come with migration tools that help you copy files from your hard drive to the new storage device. With that, you don't have to install everything again with the SSD. These options are interesting especially for those who are going to install the SSD on a notebook and cannot leave both the SSD and the HD connected to the motherboard at the same time. So it may be interesting to spend a little more for a device that comes with this.
O Olhar Digital has already produced a guide to help you exchange your hard drive for an SSD. It can be seen through this link.