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How to make your SSD hard drive last longer

How to make your SSD hard drive last longer
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Have you thought about ways you can speed up your computer or get extra storage? If so, a solid-state drive may be the solution.

PCs and laptops using SSDs start up faster and run faster than traditional hard drives. They use less energy, they're quieter and they give you more space.

Some laptops come with SSDs already installed, but most computers use traditional hard drives. HDDs are affordable, easy to use and they typically offer more storage than SSDs.

But if you find yourself groaning each morning when your computer is taking forever to start up, an SSD can be a great solution. SSDs store programs, photos, games and just about everything else a hard drive stores.

However, SSDs use memory chips. HDDs use magnetic disks that spin around with information retrieved by a little arm. Each time you start up your HDD, it starts over, which is why it takes so long to get going. SSDs don't do that.

SSDs are good to store programs that take up a lot of space on your computer and slow it down. They're also good for backing up files and photos that you want to keep an extra copy of.

One potential downside to SSDs, though, is that they can have a limited lifetime. That's because of the way they work. Simply, you can't just write over information you already have stored on an SSD, like you can with a hard drive. With an SSD, you have to rewrite everything, which can wear it down over time.

We'll tell you three simple tricks to extend the life of your SSD. Keep reading for a bonus tip to save your most precious photos and documents!

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