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Ideal Hardware Upgrade.

First let me just say, it depends on the hardware you have now. For example, if you don’t have an SSD (Solid State Drive), it would be a high priority upgrade. What is an SSD, and why do you want one? It's a hard drive but instead of having physical moving parts, it has newer technology called NAND based flash memory.

If you have a laptop or desktop PC, and you are currently running a mechanical hard drive, an SSD is your optimal choice for seeing an immediate boost in speed.

How much faster? I have tested numerous hard drives, both mechanical and solid state. To put things into perspective, most 5400rpm mechanical hard drives will read and write programs to their memory at about 40-60MB/s. I have tested numerous 7200rpm mechanical hard drives and seen speeds from 140-160MB/s. Different SSD will read and write at a little different speed. The Crucial MX500 SSD (which is the best performance per dollar SSD out right now, in my opinion, at $115 for 500GB) will read and write well above 500MB/s, and that, is a huge increase in speed.

Should you get one? Tech Nerds will gladly take a look at your current PC and offer suggestions and recommendations. There would be no charge, just give us a call. If you have newer laptop, it would be a great upgrade. The reason being, that not only is an SSD much faster than a mechanical hard drive, it also uses less energy. This means that not only would your laptop be much faster, the battery life would be extended as well.

Replacing a mechanical hard drive with an SSD is a fairly simple process. The other half of replacing a mechanical hard drive is a little more tedious, yet, still easy. It involves transferring the data from your old hard drive to the new one.

We charge a flat fee of $50 for this process. It’s going to be difficult to find another professional to beat that price. If you want the Nerds to do it, contact us at 641-426-2865, or you can reach out to us on our contact page at

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