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Upgrading to a SSD is like getting a new computer, don't let the price scare you!
9 June 2018
I can see why this is earning so many 5-star reviews. My computer isn't the most up-to-date, in fact it's running a 4-core AMD FX4100, which I bought 2nd hand to replace a Sempron which was dead slow. It's got 8Gb RAM. I am running PCLinuxOS on the computer, and, on putting in the FX4100, it sped up a lot. I bought a Sandisk 120Gb SSD and a Seagate Hybrid 1TB drive, and that gave me a further speed boost. So what I did here was to install Windows 7 and re-install PCLinuxOS on the 2TB drive, then once I had got all my data off the older drives, I removed them. Now Linux is so fast. The only holdup when starting the computer, is the old BIOS checks, once they are done, the thing boots up in no time. Win7 ain't bad either, when it's not doing 2 million updates when logging in and out, but Linux is king on this machine now.
So far, the computer is amazingly fast, I've opened up the last bottleneck! Apart from Western Digital, Sandisk SSDs are a fair few quid cheaper than most other brands at the 2TB size, and they seem to be reliable. Just going to add USB3 to the old computer, and I think I'll have something which will continue for years.
These extra large SSD hard drives might cost a few hundred quid, but they will give you a speed boost that feels like a new computer, without the full cost, and can be carried over into a new rig when the old one gives up the ghost. Unless you have an SSD already, and provided you have SATA connectors, this is the best upgrade bar none.