Should You Upgrade From A Hard Drive To An SSD?

SSD’s are a natural progression that I believe started with USB memory sticks. USB keys have certainly changed the way data is shared between people. More and more, we’re seeing solid state hard drives being offered on store shelves and being sold with new desktops and laptops.



SSD’s with no moving parts offer almost very fast access to data mean faster transfer rates, the current generation SSD’s offer 3 to 4 times greater speed. Upgrading to a solid state drive makes the overall system feel more responsive when compared to a mechanical hard drive.

Solid state drives, since they have no moving parts, should outlast comparable hard drives.  This does remain to be seen, though, since SSDs haven’t been out too long compared to standard hard drives.


SSD’s weakness is significantly higher prices and comparatively lower capacities drive. Like all new technology, early adopters pay the price of new technology. While current costs per Gigabyte for SSD’s approach $2 per GB, traditional hard drives are approaching $0.05 per GB.

Who Should Buy a SSD?

  • Enthusiasts who’ve gotten their hands on an SSD and felt the difference don’t want to go back to using a mechanical hard disk.
  • If you’re used to waiting a minute to load Windows, then an SSD may be of value to you. The SSD’s specialty lies with accessing multiple files at once.
  • Upgrading to a solid state drive makes the overall system feel more responsive when compared to a mechanical hard drive.
  • With no moving parts laptops can run cooler then with hard disk

Let’s say it again, though. An SSD, regardless of which one you pick, runs circles around mechanical storage.

Clean a Virus or Nuke and Pave?

This is a question that is frequently asked by computer repair technicians, and it generates strong opinions on both sides of the argument. Usually those discussions in online forums generate more debate.

Here are just a few examples on both sides of the discussion cleaning the virus or nuke and pave?

Malwarebytes     VS    Install Win7 

It is never in your best interest, and rarely in the client’s best interest, for you to nuke and pave the system as the first option, cleaning the virus makes more sense.

  • The client may not have the operating system anymore; they will have to purchase a new one
  • The client may not have all the programs and drivers that they have installed on the computer now
  • The cleanup is actually accomplished in 2 hours or less
  • There are a lot more tools to get rid of viruses, rootkits and malware today
  • If all malware is successfully removed from the infected computer
    (never 100% sure)

On the other hand nuke and pave maybe the way to go to make sure that the virus is gone for your client’s computer.

  • It’s the only way to be sure all infections are removed
  • It’s the fastest way to resolve the problem
  • In the process, it also gets rid of other clutter you don’t need
  • Make sure you backup the computer before nuke and pave

On the other hand nuke and pave maybe the way to go to make sure that the virus is gone for your client’s computer.

Windows XP, will soon come to an end!!!

Windows XP first released to computer manufacturers on August 24, 2001, it will have a 13 year run.

Windows XP end of support date is April 8, 2014 (less than one year from now!)

This will mean end of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides monthly windows updates, automatic fixes, or technical assistance.

XP logo

What does this mean to you?

Without Microsoft support, you will no longer be able to receive the monthly critical security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.

What can I do about it?

My advice: nobody should continue using a computer with Windows XP operating system on the Internet after April 8, 2014.

You should either replace all your XP computers now, if you have not already, or plan to replace them before that date. I recommend replacement as soon as possible, especially for business users. I recommend a new computer with Windows 8.

Here are the reasons to replace a Windows XP computer now:

  • Windows XP is soon to be discontinued.
  • You will not be able to use the latest browser version, eventually you will not be able to get on the Internet because XP does not support the newest browser version.
  • Windows 7 and Windows 8 have many security improvements that XP does not have, and because of that, XP is less secure. Windows XP computers are more prone to get viruses.
  • Windows XP computers take more time to use and maintain than Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • Computers running Windows XP are old and slow, new computers are many times faster.
  • A new computer, laptop will be more productive for you; it comes now in tablet Surface Pro and RT.

Should I buy a new computer, laptop or can I just upgrade my Windows XP software? While in some cases it is possible to upgrade your operating system from Windows XP.

I do not recommend it, here’s why:

  • Computers that originally came loaded with Windows XP have hardware that is too old to run the newest operating systems.
  • The processor and memory are not fast enough to keep up with the demands of a new operating system.
  • Also if you upgrade you have to buy the operating system and then install it.
  • Upgrading hardware costs money and takes time to installing it.
  • If using Windows 8 you can buy touchscreen monitor or touchscreen laptop or touchscreen tablet.

In my opinion, it is better to buy a new computer that already comes with the new operating system. A new computer comes with all new faster hardware and a warranty. The new computer will be faster and more reliable, it will be more enjoyable to use than an old slow computer that was upgraded.

What operating systems are there?

The currently available operating system is Windows 8, Windows 7, and then there was Windows Vista, and prior to that Windows XP.