When one thinks of hard
drives (HDD), they think of the storage space needed when installing
programs. They see drives as the board on Tetris, while the falling blocks are
the programs. You have to ensure that there is enough space for a specific
item. Otherwise, it will not work.
For smaller drives, it can be a bit of a challenge managing
the limited space. Often times, you have to choose one program or another. You
have to delete junk files regularly in order to free up extra space. For these
problems, it is often a good idea to upgrade to a larger drive. Otherwise, it
is going to be a losing effort where you try to keep space open for new
However, hard drives are not only for storage. A hard drive
on your PC also dictates how fast it turns on and how quickly it can load
programs. The Solid State Drive (SSD) for example is an upgraded form of hard drive. The SSD is a superior
version of your basic hard drive. It provides faster loading times in all
aspects of the PC. You can experience the difference from starting up, loading
programs, and even while playing games.
Starting your PC and playing a game in particular have
massive improvements. For starters, a basic HDD starts your PC in about a
minute. For some, it can go double/triple that time. An SSD can start your computer
and bring you to the startup (welcome) screen in under 20 seconds. For some, it
can be as fast as 5 seconds or less.
When playing games, loading times can be a pain. For larger
games, loading the map can take a long time. With an SSD, loading screens take
less than 5 seconds to complete. It improves your game by a mile, and is highly
recommended to upgrade when you can.
Of course, there is a downside. For the SSD, like any other
new tech, it all boils down to the price tag. An SSD is significantly more expensive than your basic drive. 1
terabyte of the HDD for instance has the same price as 256 GB of SSD. The price
is higher, while the storage space is smaller.
This means you have to budget your space even more with the
SSD. For instance, you should only use an SSD for the Operating System. This
ensures a faster startup time, as well as game loading times. Even if the game
is installed in another drive, you still benefit from the speed boost.
If you can afford to get at least a 256 GB of SSD, you should take that opportunity. That size is enough to store your Operating System and a few essential programs. Everything else goes to other HDD drives. A faster performing PC makes all the difference in the world. Waiting times are nearly eliminated with this method. You also do not have to spend your time on your PC looking at loading screens.