Laptop Magazine decided to replace the HDD that came with their MSI Wind laptop with a SSD. The results? The computer still boots Windows XP in about 32-34 seconds. And programs launch at about the same speed they used to. Withouto looking at any benchmarks, it’s safe to say that these are two of the measures that will matter most to users. Of course, I’d also be curious to know how the “upgraded” PC handles tasks like copying and moving large files. But considering how much more expensive solid state disks are than hard disk drives at the moment, it appears MSI decided to go with the option that will help keep the price of the Wind laptop low without sacrificing much in the way of performance. And it appears to have been the right choice… for this particular computer.
On the one hand, the good old HDD has been around for ages and allows PC makers to offer large amounts of storage at a relatively low cost. On the other hand, hard drives have moving parts which generally makes them slower than solid state disks, and much more fragile and likely to break. Solid state disks are sturdier, and typically offer faster read and write performance. But not always.