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Corsair Solid State Drives
Give your PC a new breath of life by replacing its hard drive with a fast Corsair SSD. SSDs or solid state drives read and write data faster than HDDs or hard disk drives. Since they have no moving parts, they run quietly, do not vibrate and are more reliable. SSDs consume significantly less power than regular hard drives and produce very little heat. Staples carries a wide selection of these storage devices from Corsair and other leading PC component brands.
Boost Performance With a Corsair SSD An SSD can improve the performance of your computer in a number of ways. It will significantly reduce boot times and quicken application launch times. The drive's high data transfer rate will also make file transfers go faster and reduce lag while switching applications. You can make your computer significantly faster by installing its operating system on a solid state drive. Since an SSD is more reliable than an HDD, the likelihood of data loss is low. Its low power consumption can also help extend the battery life of your laptop.
Choose the Right Corsair Solid State Drive for Your Computer You cannot simply stick any SSD into your laptop or desktop PC. The drive must be physically compatible with the available slot on the computer's motherboard and its case. Most SSDs come in a standard 2.5-inch form factor meant for laptops. To fit one in a desktop computer, you need an adapter that mounts the drive in a 3.5-inch shell. Slim computers like ultrabooks use M.2 SSDs. These are smaller and thinner than regular 2.5-inch solid state drives. You also need to consider the height or thickness of the drive you select. The majority of 2.5-inch SSDs are 7 millimeters thick but are also available in thickness ranging from 5 to 9.5 millimeters.
Consider Performance and Interface When Shopping for SSDs The most common interface for solid state drives is the Serial ATA or SATA. There are multiple generations of this interface and they are all backward compatible. SATA 3 SSDs are the fastest and have a maximum data transfer speed of 6Gbps. SATA 2 units are only half as fast while the first generation interface is only capable of 1.5Gbps. New desktop PCs use a SATA Express interface that delivers 2Gbps throughput while thin laptops have an M.2 interface capable of 4Gbps. Manufacturers rate the actual performances of SSDs in sequential and random read and write speeds. The higher these figures are, the faster the drive.
Do SSDs Slow Down Over Time? Yes. The performance of a solid state drive can deteriorate especially when filled up. For SSDs, overwriting old data blocks requires empty spaces to function properly. To keep your drive functioning optimally, make sure 20 to 30 percent of its capacity unused.
Should You Get TRIM-Compatible SSDs? TRIM is a cleanup function that can improve the performance of an SSD and prolong its lifespan. The feature balances frequency of write cycles with drive performance to prevent early memory degradation. After getting a solid state drive that supports TRIM, you also have to enable this feature in your computer's operating system. You can find this feature in Windows 7 and later as well as every MacOS X version since 10.7.