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SSD vs. HDD: How low will hard drives go?

A hard disk drive (HDD) is a random access non-volatile digital data storing device. It has a rigid platter which rotates on a spindle which is motor driven. All this is enclosed in a protective covering. There is provision for magnetically reading and writing the data with the help of a air film that floats above the platter. It was for the first time introduced by IBM in the year 1956 and has been used as a secondary storage device.

A solid state drive very commonly known as a SSD is a storage device. It uses solid state memory to store the data and this data is easily accessible. SSD has no moving parts and contains microchips, which store the required data in non-volatile memory chips. SSDs are commonly used these days and are less susceptible to shock and have less access time and also latency. These have almost replaced the hard disk drives which had many drawbacks. In the year 2010 the SSDs used NAND flash memory. These had the capacity to store data in their memory even without the power. The SSDs with a volatile RAM were also available for times when the requirement for fast access of data was needed. They also can store data when there is no power and hence there is no need for an external battery.

The prices of the hard disk drives are falling day by day while the solid state drives are consistent in the cost part. The price fall of the HDD is such that now it’s even less than the SSD. The fall in the price of the HDD may be due to the growing laptop market in the present time. The laptop market uses the SSD specifically the ones which are flash memory based. This is because this flash memory based SSDs are faster than the HDDs and in some cases as seen in recent times they can prove to be much faster than the HDDs. Purchasing an SSD can be a luxury when compared to a HDD because SSD costs 10 to 20 times more than a HDD of the same magnitude. If we take the example of Apple MacBook, we see that upgrading the drive from a 320GB HDD to a 256GB SSD increases the cost of the system by $650, when we see that the capacity of the HDD is much greater than the SSD. The retail SSD costs a bit less from top tier suppliers still it is nowhere close to the HDD pricing of the same or even higher capacity.

SSDs are a prominent device when laptops are concerned but they have not gained the same amount of prominence in personal computers because of the high price value. HDD has a higher capacity with a lower price and since the question of portability does not arise in case of personal computers, people prefer sticking to the much lower in cost HDDs.

How to Check Hard Disk Space

A hard drive is one of the most important components of any computer system. You might be amazed to read that just 10 years back, the most common hard drive size available was of 10 GB and this was used to accommodate the operating system, all the software and applications, and the user data and files. Today the operating system itself requires around 13 GB of hard drive space. Now you can imagine how precious the hard drive space is and how much we need it in today’s computing world. All the applications, operating system, files, games, audio and video available nowadays are resource hungry and require free hard drive space. If you do not have enough free hard drive space available on your computer, your operating system will not work efficiently.

It might happen that you purchase a 100 GB hard drive but you don’t get the entire 100 GB to work upon. Let me explain that the entire hard drive space is never available for use because some of it is used by the hard drive itself for its book keeping called as the File System. If you want to know the total size of your hard drive, follow the simple steps given below.

Step 1: Open ‘My Computer’ window and change the view to detail.

If you have single partition on your hard drive then size of the partition will be the approximate size of your hard drive. If you have more than one partition then proceeds to step two.

Step 2:  Sum the size of all the partitions which you see in this window and this should give you the approximate size of your hard drive.

If you are not sure whether entire hard drive space was utilised while creating the partitions, then follow the next steps.

Step 3: Open the ‘Run’ box and then type the command ‘DISKMGMT.MSC’ and press ‘Enter’.

This window will show you all the partitions along with any un-partitioned space on your hard drive. You can total the sizes of this partitioned and un-partitioned space to get the approximate capacity of your hard drive.

How to Optimize your computer for peak performance

You might have experienced disk errors at the background and all these error reports get accumulated in your hard disk and system memory. These errors may eat up a great amount of system resource on your computer and make your computer perform slower. You must regularly perform the Disk Check program and also keep removing the error reports from your computer.

Perform Disk defragmentation on your computer

Disk defragmentation is a utility which re-arranges the data on your hard disk. We often save data on our computer like files, music, videos and pictures and all these files are saved randomly on the hard disk. When we try to access any particular data, the program searches for the data on complete hard disk because the data is randomly saved. Disk defragmentation indexes the data in a manner that it is fetched very easily and saves much of the time. It also reduces the Hard disk RPM which is also very useful for system performance and power saving.

Keep running Disk clean up

Disk cleanup is another windows utility which allows you to remove unwanted files from your system. It tracks the record for files like recycle bin, temporary files, dump files, etc which are accumulated and takes the unnecessary hard disk space. You can remove all such files in single click and make the hard disk free from the junk.

Remove unwanted application from computer

Users have a tendency to download and install most of the free applications available in the market but all these are hardly in use. You should a make a note of all these applications which are used rarely and must be removed from the system.  Every application has a process which runs at the background even if you use that application or not. You can reduce the load of processor by removing all these unnecessary applications from the computer. Simply go to Add/Remove programs and it will show you the list of applications installed your computer. The wizard will also tell you the frequently used and rarely used applications. Select any application which you want to remove.

These steps are very useful and very easy to use. Some of the steps like Disk check, disk cleanup and disk defragmentation can be scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis and it will be performed in background as scheduled.

How to improve the data transfer rate of hard disk

Hard disk is the main storage area of your system. When you are opening a file or playing a video, the response is depend on the performance of the hard disk. To get the best performance from your system, you have to improve the data transfer speed of hard disk. It all depends on the speed of the hard disk and data transfer rate.

Steps to improve data transfer rate

To improve the disk data transfer rate, you just need to follow the instruction given below:

The first and one of the most important steps is to turn off the disk compression. Disk compressions often slow down the response rate of hard disk. To disable disk compression simple open my computer then right click and select properties, go to tools window and disable disk compression by uncheck the option “compress this drive to save disk space”. Fragmentation of data in hard disk is a big problem because it scattered all the data around disk. So we recommend you to use defragmentation of hard disk on regular basis. To use this option right click on my computer then go to tools properties and select defragmentation. We also recommend you to perform defragmentation in every month.
There is one more option available to optimize the data transfer rate i.e. to enable write caching. Write caching improves the data transfer rate. To perform this operation just follows the instruction. You just have to right click on my computer and go to hardware properties, now after clicking on properties you will get a new window named as change settings, click it. Now you will get a new window of “change policies” in that window you can see an option box of optimize performance, just select this option and check “enable write caching” in the checkbox.

Improve data transfer rate on Windows & and Linux

In the newer versions of Windows and Linux, there are different options for optimization of data transfer rate of hard disk. These options are for solid state drives. Use Windows 7 and Linux, because they are TRIM enabled OS and maintain the performance of hard drives for a long time. Try to disable auto defragmenting, sometimes large amount of defragmentation also slow down the PC and affect the disk data transfer rate.  If you are using lots of disk space then we recommend you to free up at least 20 % space on hard disk. Most of the drives run on its peak when at least 20 % space is free. If you will give some space to breathe then the performance of the hard disk will automatically improve. In Windows Vista and 7 you can also schedule disk defragmentation to optimize the performance. Windows 7 also provide automatic disability of defragmentation in SSD disk drives. Higher number of defragmenting also wear down the SSD drives.

How to Recover Lost Hard Disk Space in Vista

Lost disk space of the computers has been a tricky problem and leaves the user of Windows Vista wondering where the space is gone. It has been a really surprising issue for the users to see pop up message of running at very low disk space despite having sufficiently spacious HDD space and a few most general programs.

The Problem

As said, a continuous pop up message does not let your mind work at peace. There remains a constant fear in the mind of losing the data you are currently storing. Nobody finds it a pleasing situation while being aware of a plenty of space in the Hard Disk Drive in GBs.  The other vital problem is the slowdown of the machine, which is a terribly disgusting.    The Reasons:

  1. Without a blink, anyone will agree the space of over 6GB occupied by Windows vista is comparably big.
  2. The second reason, though immensely beneficial for backup purposes, becomes a big wastage of space. It is the automatic or default feature of Windows Vista to create a copy of documents serving as a very solid backup in allocated space of 15%. As usual, when the allotted space falls short for new copies by default, older copies get deleted to create space. Users keep wondering where the space is eaten up.
  3. The other reasons like improper file storage and the real different between quote space and the actual space on the HDD, etc. are common ones and do not relate to Window Vista alone.

Recovery of lost space

In normal use, a lot of unused junk files are created and left ignored by the users. Check your machine; you will see many files of this type. Really speaking, you won’t be sure whether you will at all need them at all.  One of the such is free downloads, which often people get for certain specific purposes and let them lay dumped in the computer. So, better be happy with the default copies and initiating salvaging operation to recover space by cleaning actions like:

  1. Deleting unused files and folders. Reach the ‘Accessories’ from all programs. Under the ‘Accessories’, you will get ‘System Tools’ that opens up several tools including ‘Disk Clean Up’. Now you can find all the files and folders saved in different drives. You got to choose what you want to remove by opting for cleanup  action. The default feature will let you  know how much space you are likely to salvage by cleaning a particular document of folder. After you decide, click OK.
  2. Defragmentation and rearrangement of files properly create space in the disk. From the ‘System Tools’, you can get access to ‘Disk Defragmenter’. To activate the defragmenter, click on it to let it do the job by itself.
  3. Remove unnecessary programs. For this, open the ‘Control Panel’ and uninstall those you do not need or using.

You will see the machine is running at a comfortable speed and there is the absence of bothering ‘Low Disk Space’ message.

How to Repair MBR on Windows 7

A master boot record (MBR), or partition sector, is the 512-byte boot sector that is the first sector (“LBA/absolute sector 0”) of a partitioned data storage device such as a hard disk.

The Record of Boot of Master will be created when you create the first partition on the hard disk. It is the very important structure of data on the reader of hard disk.

The Record of Boot of Master contains the Table of Partition for the hard disk and a small quantity of executable code for the beginning of boot of View of Windows. The place of files of Record of Boot of Master is always the first area on the hard disk. When you begin your computer of view of Windows, the fundamental system of input-output, searches MBR on the first area of your hard disk. When we try in the boot after the equipment assessing procedures, we see righteous man the screen in white without any messages.

It means that the piece of code from MBR could not be correctly carried out

It means that the piece of code from MBR could not be correctly carried out. It is for it that even the message of error could not be shown. Also when we try in the boot in the View of Windows, we see a message of error as the not found Operating system and this error occurs with a Record of Boot of beaten Master. You can use Boot rec.exe tool in the Environment of Recovery of Windows in troubleshoot and repair the following articles in the View of Windows. When you are in the editions of troubleshooting by using Windows, you should first try the option of Repairing of Kickoff in the box of dialogue of System Recovery Options. If the option of Repairing of Kickoff does not solve edition, or if you owe troubleshoot more of not manually, the use the instrument takes place in the rec.exe boot.

Scan your disc of installation of View of Windows in the reader of discs and begin the computer. Press a key when you are caused. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or a method of contribution and make a clack then. Click the operating system which you want to repair and then to bang. In the box of dialogue of System Recovery Options, slam Order Precisely. Portray rec.exe boot without quotations and support then on GRAFTING. To begin the computer of your DVD of installation of View of Windows, your computer must be configured by BIOS to begin the itinerary of DVD. The instrument rec.exe boot supports many options. Use the option which is appropriate for your situation.

If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. Whatever it might be always keep the back up handy in case of emergency.

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