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Battle of the hard drives: SSD vs. HDD

Battle of the hard drives: SSD vs. HDD
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Here at Komando.com, we talk quite a bit about speeding up your computer. Whether it is streamlining startup, adding RAM or tracking down resource hogs, there is always something you can try.

Of course, at the end of the day these tricks are trying to compensate for one computer part: the hard drive. It is by far the slowest part of any modern computer.

While the rest of the computer is operating in nanoseconds and microseconds, a hard drive works in milliseconds, which is more than a thousand times slower. Your processor and RAM can spend precious time just waiting around for information to arrive.

That's why solid-state hard drives are gaining popularity. If you aren't familiar with the term, or haven't looked at them in a while, let me explain what an SSD is, how it can supercharge your computer and whether or not it's finally time to buy one.

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