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When your computer runs slow, there are a variety of factors that can contribute to the problem. You can try moving some of your stored content to an external hard drive to free up space, power it down every night when you’re done using it for the day or limit the number of browser windows you have open at one time, but these solutions can only do so much. If you have tried all of these and still find yourself yelling at your computer like it’s Forrest Gump, you may need to consider getting a new drive.

Your computer’s drive is like its brain; it stores all of the information you save and is largely responsible for how your computer functions as a whole. Many computers come with a hard disk drive, or HDD, for internal storage. An HDD is made up of multiple moving parts that have to warm up and work together each time you use it, so it tends to be slower, less efficient and more easily damaged than its more advanced counterpart, the SSD.

A solid-state drive, or SSD, is newer technology that is steadily replacing the HDD. Solid-state drives use memory chips to store your information, so they not only have greater storage capacity but the lack of moving parts means they don’t have to warm up when you turn on your computer and they actually use less energy. Because of their efficiency and durability, SSDs are tough to beat, but there are a couple reasons you may want to consider an HDD.

As with most technology, more efficient means more expensive. SSDs store more information more compactly so they can get pretty pricey, but HDDs have greater storage capacity overall. So, if you have a huge volume of information to store like games with high-resolution graphics, an HDD might be the way to go and it won’t break the bank. If you’re still not sure which one to choose, you know what to do! Call Frankie OnCall and we’ll help you make the decision that’s right for you.  It’s just another quill in the quiver of our computer repair service.