Solid-state drive (SSD) vs standard hard drive performance comparison


Hi it’s Dave at Computer Help Northern Ireland.
In this video I’m comparing the performance of a laptop running a solid-state drive, on
the left, to the performance of the same laptop running a standard hard drive, on the right.
The top of the screen shows each event along with the timestamp of that event and the amount
of time I had to wait for the computer to complete each step.
The bottom of the screen shows both laptops along with a timer counting the elapsed time.
For this test, I’m performing the same tasks on both laptops.
After starting the computer and logging into Windows, I’ll open Task Manager’s Drive
performance panel, and then I’ll go into Account Settings and change my PIN before
shutting down Windows. As you can see, the computer running on a
solid-state drive is performing much faster than the one running on a standard hard drive.
Task Manager loaded after a 2-second wait, and the Performance tab and Disk panel loaded
with no waiting at all. On that computer, I’m already clicking into
my Account Settings, while on the standard hard drive computer I’m still waiting for
Task Manager to open in the first place. On the laptop running on a standard hard drive,
to the right, Task Manager takes 34 seconds just to load its Performance tab.
While on the laptop running a solid-state drive, we’ve completed both tasks and are
shutting down Windows. After one minute and 15 seconds, the computer
running a solid-state drive is shut down, but the standard hard drive computer is still
waiting for the Performance tab to open. The laptop running on the standard hard drive
takes quite a while to complete the remaining tasks, so I’ll fast-forward the video a
bit here. On the solid-state drive, the laptop completed
the tasks in one minute and 15 seconds, and on the standard hard drive, it took three
minutes and 21 seconds. Overall, on the standard hard drive, we waited
two minutes and 42 seconds – nearly three-and-a-half times longer than the laptop running on a
solid-state drive. To discuss whether a solid-state drive upgrade
might be right for your computer, give us a call or send an email.
Thanks for watching. I hope you’ve learned something.

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