Our Last write-up titled “Why your High Priced computer ‘still’ hangs.” got a lot of feedback and we understand that most of us cannot wait to know how the HDD problem can be solved 100%. The link to the part 1 of this writeup is here.
There are lots of things you can do to temporarily solve the problem but I am going to focus on long term solutions to the problems.
Before I talk about the solutions I will like to mention that this problem is very common with most 1TB HDD computers and I believe it is because the majority of the 1TB HDD in our computers today have a property of 5400 rpm and thus its read and write rate is very low.
Taking any of the following actions listed below will help solve the HDD problem;
1. Changing your HDD to a new HDD with higher RPM(Revolution Per Minute): As we can see from the table above, changing your 5400rpm HDD storage to a 7200rpm HDD storage will almost double your read and write rate, which automatically means that you can do much more before your computer exceeds its read and write rate with a 7200rpm HDD storage.
However, it is good to note that this is not the best fix as the 7200rpm read and write rate will be exceeded in the long run. This option is worth exploring because HDDs are relatively cheaper than SSDs(you can get a good amount of storage for a few thousand Naira).
2. Changing your HDD Storage to SSD Storage: Changing your computer’s storage to SSD usually resolves the 100% HDD usage issue for everybody as SSDs have a large read and write rate.
As we can see from the image, there are several types of SSDs and the type which you can upgrade to depends on whether your laptop comes with a SATA, PCIe or both ports.
For Computers that come with a PCIe port, it is better to change your storage to a PCIe SSD(make sure you check the read and write rate when buying one, Samsung PCIe storages have a very high read and write rate), however if your computer doesn't come with a PCIe port, it definitely will come with a SATA port, so you can just change the storage to a SATA HDD.
Not only do SSDs make your computer faster, they also are much more durable than HDDs. Therefore, changing your storage to an SSD is a very good investment.
Changing your HDD Storage to SSD Storage: Changing your computer’s storage to SSD usually resolves the 100% HDD usage issue for everybody as SSDs have a large read and write rate.
The argument most people have regarding changing from an HDD to an SSD is that SSDs have lesser storage size and are too expensive, I totally agree that SSDs are costly but you will also agree with me that most of us don't usually need much storage space in reality, you can check the amount of storage space you have used in your computer now to confirm. HDD, on the other hand, can act as backup storage and can be used externally, the importance of SSD cannot be undermined as it makes work faster and easier.
SSDs are generally better than HDDs, they make your computer more than 4 times faster and are much more durable. SSDs may be very expensive but I can assure you that they are worth investing in.
Feel free to drop comments if you have any questions or need any clarifications.