Making the Most of Your Solid State Drive
VAIO engineers are always out in front when it comes to new breakthroughs in technology, constantly working towards advancements within the brand itself and keeping an eye on the rest of this evolving industry. It’s important to set yourself up for success and the machines here at VAIO were built to do just that. How can you take things a step further and make the most of your hard drive, or in this case your solid-state drive? We’ve got a few tips to make sure you’re getting everything you need out of your VAIO.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to upgrade to a solid-state drive (SSD), if you’re already apart of the VAIO Society you know that an SSD comes standard in our machines. How does the technology work? SSD data is stored in blocks, when your computer want’s a particular piece of data it’s able to pull the information directly to the computer in an instant. This is opposed to the more traditional HDD where data is stored on spinning metal platters and when data is requested a needle-like component moves to the data’s position and then provides it to the computer. While this explanation has been vastly simplified you’ll notice the SSD version of the process is more direct and efficient, speed is the primary advantage of SSD over its HDD predecessor.
Use it Right
In the same vein as upgrading, attempt to store media and other personal files on another drive. One of the main strategies behind SSD use is to only use it for system files and apps. This will give you all of the perks of fast boot times and app launches, bonus- it won’t fill up your drive as fast.
Boiled down, your SSD should hold your Windows system files, any installed programs and games you’re playing. It would be ideal to have a mechanical hard drive waiting in the wings to store large media files, productivity files, and anything you access infrequently. Ideally you don’t want stagnant files and programs taking up useful space on your SSD. If you’re uncertain try to think about it from the perspective of- what doesn’t need to operate with lightening speed? One thing to note about installed programs is choose the correct destination when you’re installing. It’s much easier to sort what drive you’ll keep programs on during that time period as moving files afterwards becomes a process.
Out With the Old
It’s not uncommon for our hard drives to start to look like they belong on an episode of Hoarders. If you want to keep things functioning at lightening speed organization is key. Take a moment and survey all of the software on your laptop. Define what programs you’ve never used or haven’t accessed in over a year and begin uninstalling. You can lower the amount of spaced used and lower the memory your hard drive uses.
Worried about your photos? Move them to an external hard drive for safekeeping, but first do yourself a favor and name them something other than IMG01967.jpg. Apps like Rapid Streams make batch renaming easy and hassle free. Once everything is named and categorized you’ll really be able to assess what was taking up so much room in the first place.
One last tip, don’t overlook the small stuff, those small duplicate files you’ve got hiding all over your hard drive are really slowing your progress. Using a duplicate file searcher to track down any files you’ve downloaded more than once makes the process much easier to handle and take care of.
Final tip- leave some free space on your SSD—plan on using a maximum of 75 percent of the drive’s capacity for the best performance. There are the obvious tricks like clearing your trash, dumping your download folder and eliminating one-time files all of which are quick fixes for speeding things up. The above dug deeper into the recesses of your machine. VAIO built a machine to withstand the workload of the toughest workaholics, but by putting the aforementioned tips into place you’ll really be able to make the most of your hard drive, or in this case your solid state drive. Let VAIO be your driver on the road to success.