Before sliced bread version 1.0 was released everyone just cut their own bread manually without giving it a second thought (well, except for the guy who invented the machines to automatically slice the bread I suppose). Now, at the time, it probably didn’t seem like such a big deal. After all, in the grand scheme of things, what’s an extra minute or two when preparing dinner? That frame of mind is the same reason I think most people don't shell out the extra cash to buy a solid state drive for their primary machine. After all, what's a few extra milliseconds to open or save a file?
I finally decided to splurge one week and buy a solid state drive. I had been putting it off for some time, even after reading rave reviews discussing the improved performance, durability, and coolness that SSDs bring to the table.
After doing some research online I came across the Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SATA II 3GB/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive SV100S2/128GZ which seemed like the best mix of cost and storage space.
I must say, after about a week of solid usage this thing is well worth the money. I’ve always thought my laptop was very responsive (and by most standards, it was) but adding the SSD makes everything even faster.
One of the keys to improving your system’s performance is to improve bottlenecks. And, as anyone with more than 5 minutes of technical experience will tell you, the hard drive is orders of magnitude slower than any other component on your computer. Now, you may not really notice the hard drive latency hitting your productivity during your normal day-to-day usage, but those milliseconds will keep adding up over time and end up improving your productivity that much more in the long run.
Also, if you upgrade to a solid state drive and aren’t running Windows 7 you might want to check out some of the articles on optimizing your operating system for use with solid state drives. There are a few OS features you won’t need anymore. Goodbye defrag!
So, if you’re like me and have been on the fence for a while, let me just offer this additional piece of advice: do it! You don’t want to keep slicing your bread manually, do you?