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Disappearing Hard Drives?

Will your hard drive go the way of the floppy disk? Fifteen years ago, I never would have given it a thought. Now, I think it’s coming.

Mechanical hard drives have inherent problems. One is that they can wear and crash, and unless you have a good backup system in place, you can lose a lot of important data. Another is that they are slow – some slower than others by design and some slower because they fill up and don’t give your software space to search for the files you need.

The next alternative is the SSD (solid state drive), which is much faster but also much more expensive. While it always comes down to a cost-benefit analysis, the speed differential can be substantial. On startup, a computer with an SSD can be ready to work in 30 to 40 seconds. It can take three to four minutes for a computer with a hard drive to boot up.

The difference won’t seem that great until you experience it for yourself – or see somebody else’s system boot up faster. We love faster computers, and the more data we need to crunch, the more we crave that speed and performance. We have a number of clients who have made the switch and have found it worth the expense to increase their productivity.

If you’re not ready to commit to SSD technology, you could speed up your current technology by moving your data storage to the cloud. With fewer files taking up less space, your computer will have room to look through your hard drive to find the files you need. It will make it faster to save files, too. You could gain a significant time advantage by only keeping “working” files on your hard drive and then putting everything back onto your cloud’s server when you’re finished.

With technology changing so quickly, you may also want to think about changing your hardware more frequently to make more productive systems work more cost-effectively. Businesses depend on productivity increases to reduce costs and add profitability. We can help you look at the future and see what pathways will get you to your goals. Call us – 973-433-6676 – or email us to talk about your evolving needs as the tech revolution continues.