Western Digital Blue 3D 2.5

Western Digital Blue 3D
2.5" Solid State Drive

I did it. After many long years of service, I eventually got decided to replace the aging (nearly 14 years) Seagate 320GB Hard disk in my computer known as Prometheus.

The decision to do so stemmed from the fact that several months ago she started slowing down somewhat. This wasn’t altogether a problem, as it wasn’t really noticeable unless she was powered down and then on again. It eventually reached a point where boot times was around 9 minutes. And anyone who knows me understands that I never shut the computer down, unless forced to do so.

So I eventually purchased a Western Digital SSD, and cloned the old 320GB Seagate using Acronis True Image. In order to make a valid comparison about the changes being made, I first used CrystalDiskMark to run a few benchmarks to gather some raw data.

And the results where, to say the least, even more surprising than I expected:

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Boot times alone increased by 600%. I didn't even bother recording application start times because they open almost instantaneously.

Needless to say, I consider the money spent to be a good investment. 

Western Digital Blue 3D SSD

Western Digital Blue 3D SSD

Ready for your high performance computing needs, a WD Blue™ 3D NAND SATA SSD offers high capacity, enhanced reliability, and blazing speed.

Adata HDD/SSD Bracket

Adata HDD/SSD Bracket

This AData Mounting Bracket is used to mount a 2.5" HDD/SSD internal drive to a 3.5" bracket.

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Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB

The Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB is a hard disk drive, which means it stores data using quickly rotating disks, or platters, that can be read and written on via the moving actuator arm. Hard disk drives generally have a large storage capacity, and so are perfect for large amounts of data. The potential performance is well below that of solid-state drives, but they can definitely still hold their own.

By today's standards, the Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB is a fairly poor primary hard disk drive choice, as its performance leaves a lot to be desired.

It would be fine to use as basic data storage, though.