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Why Use Solid State Drives?

Solid state drives work by using persistent flash memory technology to read and write data as quickly as possible. Thus, the first big advantage of SSDs is that they offer a tremendous upgrade in data transfer speeds compared to mechanical hard disk drives. The new generation of NVMe M.2 SSDs has created an especially significant leap in write and read speeds, making them a must have for performance focused PC building.

Compared to other hard drives, SSDs are especially reliable. Their lack of moving parts makes them substantially more resistant to bumps and drops than spinning disc HDDs. Whether you are upgrading your computers memory or choosing an external hard drive for backups on the go, SSDs will provide you with a tougher and more reliable data storage solution.

SSDs are also much more compact than traditional hard drives. The latest M.2 SSD models often pack a whole terabyte of storage space or more into a form factor the size of a candy bar. Even larger external SSDs are still slim enough to easily slip into your pocket.

You might expect to pay a premium for this high capacity, high speed performance. Amazingly, flash memory is more affordable now than it has ever been! Micro Centers selection is packed with exclusive deals on SSDs, with prices that allow just about any computer user to make the big upgrade to solid state storage.

All in all, SSDs offer by far the most reliable and efficient way to store data in modern computing. With the technology now so widespread, an incredible range of SSD options is available to speed up and power up your data storage and power consumption performance. However, it is important to do a little research first to ensure you choose the right type of SSD.

Selecting the Right Type of SSD for Your Computing Needs

Available in many storage capacity sizes ranging from 128GB to 8TB, solid state drives are an excellent choice for any computer user looking for a performance upgrade. Installing your operating system on an SSD is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to see immediate performance upgrades for your PC.

Solid state drives come in multiple form factors, and your motherboard will determine their compatibility with your system. M.2 SSDs are the smallest solid state drives. M.2 devices use NVMe or SATA interfaces that connect directly to your motherboard without the need for extra cables or complicated setup. NVMe SSDs are the fastest available but require specific PCI Express connections to be compatible with your computer. If you are planning to use an NVMe SSD, make sure to examine your motherboard PCIe specs in detail first.

2.5 inch SSDs are compatible with almost any PC and still offer high performance read and write speeds when compared to standard hard drives. Running resource intensive programs on an SSD is an affordable and convenient way to increase application performance without the need for more complicated or expensive upgrades, such as replacing the CPU or graphics card.

External SSDs use lightning fast speeds to take the benefits of solid state drives anywhere. Boasting speeds comparable to internal drives, portable SSDs are an excellent solution for those looking for maximum performance on the go. External solid state drives function in the same way as internal SSDs and provide similar reliability and consistency. Connecting via a USB cable also makes portable SSDs compatible with as many devices as possible, such as laptops, game consoles, or cameras.

Micro Centers selection of solid state drives includes options for every form factor and connectivity spec. We offer high performance SSDs from the top names in digital storage, including Samsung, Western Digital, Seagate, SanDisk, and many more. Browse our full selection of SSDs right here - and don’t forget that we offer SSD installation services for a professional memory upgrade you can trust.

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