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What is SSD Memory on Laptops for? How Much It Cost and How to Install?

What is SSD?

A solid-state drive (SSD) (also known as a solid-state disk or electronic disk, though it covers no actual "disk" of any kind, nor motors to "drive" the disks). It is essentially a data storage device using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives.


Present-day SSD's are generally 2.5" sata drives, and it can be connected just like any conventional hard drive.


SATA ports are all backward and forward compatible.. Thus you can use a SATA II drive on a SATA III port and likewise.. However, if you are planning on buying SATA III hard drives then keep in mind that they cost extra for no apparent benefits.. If you need speed to then get SSD.. A single SSD will perform better compared to couple of SATA drives in RAID 0.. But of course they are costly and carry lower capacity..


Where and how I can install


In standard desktop settings, you would be hard pressed to notice any change in performance among them all. 128gb is a good size. If all of your existing data can fit on a ssd, your migration can be as easy as duplicating it with something like the Acronis true image.


Some ssd's will come with a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter so you can install it in the same way as any other hard drive.

A ssd uses the same sata cable and power connector as your sata hard drive.


Step 1: Prepare Installation

  • Please ensure your SSD remains in the anti-static carrier until installation to prevent damage caused by static electricity.
  • Handle the SSD with care and avoid touching the SATA connectors.
  • Ensure your motherboard has the latest BIOS revision installed (confirm with the motherboard manufacture for the latest updates).
  • Ensure your SATA controller is operating in AHCI mode.


Some of the popular SSD Available in the market are:

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Ocz 256gb cost on Amazon: $ 317.89

Sandisk ultra plus 256 - 30000

Corsair neutron 240gb - 18200


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