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SSD stands for Solid State Drive.  It is a similar technology used in USB flash drives, iPhones and iPads.  It is a technology that has been around for a while in different forms but in 2009 SSDs were released for consumer usage as hard drives.  While the SSDs were fast in 2009 the price point was very high and the amount of storage was low.  Fast forward to 2015 and the price of SSDs has dropped significantly and the storage capacity has increased.

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What makes SSDs so special compared to a traditional hard drive?  SSDs have no moving parts.  Compared to a traditional hard drive that functions similar a record player or a CD – each time the HDD is used to store or move data it slowly decreases in performance.  SSDs work by placing smaller “flash memory” together on a circuit board and distributing the data between them.  The result is that when you turn on your Mac or launch a program it happens incredibly fast. Your mac operates exactly the way it did before only faster.  SSDs are faster and more reliable long term.  Because there are no moving parts the possibility of things failing decrease significantly.  SSDs require less battery power and also generate less heat.

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SSDs can be installed in most MacBooks, Macbook Pros and iMacs.  Now that 10.10 Yosemite has been released, SSDs provide a way for older Macs to use Yosemite without slowing down.  All new Macs sold today (excluding the baseline iMac) have SSDs installed standard.  To get the best Yosemite experience today an SSD is necessity.  A new SSD installed an older mac will make it faster then the day it was purchased.

Give us a call if you would like to discuss how we can make your older Mac faster!

by Allan Bagge

The MacSpa