Why custom configure your refurbished Mac with a Solid State Drive?

May 30th 2018

Here’s how to speed up your GainSaver Refurbished Mac laptop or desktop

Everybody wants a faster computer. It doesn’t matter if you buy a new computer, or choose a refurbished Mac laptop or desktop from GainSaver. You still need speed. And the best investment you can make in your refurbished Mac is to have GainSaver install a Solid State Drive for you. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

What’s wrong with regular hard drives?

Hard drives have worked just fine for decades, but they are rapidly being replaced by solid state drives, or SSDs. All new Apple Macs come with SSDs. That’s because they provide a huge advance in speed and reliability.

Hard drives are slow

A traditional hard drive is the slowest component on a Mac laptop or desktop system. While everything else is electronic and operates at astonishing speeds, the hard drive is a mechanical device. It’s a magnetized metal platter that spins around like an old fashioned turn table.

A magnetic head floats over the spinning platter, reads the data and sends it to the processor. Hard drives spin super fast, from 5,400 to 7,200 revolutions per minute on average. But it’s not nearly fast enough to keep up with the rest of the computer.

So when you boot up your Mac, it’s slow. And when you launch an application, it’s slow.

Hard drives are less reliable

Hard drives are also notoriously unreliable. How many people have you known who had a hard drive crash and lost all of their data files. Maybe it’s even happened to you.

Failures can happen when portions of the magnetic platter to wear out, causing you to lose data that was stored in those areas. Even worse, hard drive motors can malfunction, and then you lose everything! If you have not backed up the critical information on your hard drive, it could cost you thousands of dollars to have a professional service recover it for you.

Defragging is a hassle

The slow speed of traditional hard drives is the reason you need to continually defrag them. Defragging the drive means moving the data in your files into a sequence on the spinning platter that reduces the time required to read the data. But unless your data is seriously scattered all over the drive, you don’t notice much, if any, difference in your Mac’s speed after defragging. That’s because even at their most optimized, hard drives are way too slow.

Solid States Drives are so much better

The benefits of an SSD in your refurbished Mac are increased performance and more dependable storage for your important data files, like music, videos, homework assignments, business databases and everything else.

SSDs are like the memory in a portable flash drive. They use a type of computer memory that doesn’t require system power to safely store data. Because they are not mechanical, the system fetches data from the SSD almost as fast as from the memory.

SSDs aren’t quiet as fast as the memory in your Mac, but they are much faster than a hard drive. Depending on the hard drive, an SSD will operate 5x to 10x faster. You’ll be seriously surprised how fast your Mac will boot up with an SSD installed. On top of that, applications that access large amounts of data from the drive, like image editing and video production, will perform much faster.

SSDs are quieter

There are no moving parts in an SSD so they are a lot quieter. And no moving parts, they generate less heat. This is important because less heat means your system fan doesn’t need to work as hard. Because your refurbished Mac computer will operate at a lower temperature with an SSD, it will last longer. Heat is the enemy of electronic devices. They need to be as cool as possible.

SSDs are durable

If you knock your refurbished Macbook Pro, iMac or other computer while the hard drive is spinning, the magnetic head can crash down onto the platter. This can damage the platter and the read head, causing permanent data loss, or even permanent damage to the hard drive.

Think about an SSD before you buy!

Don’t wait until after you purchase a refurbished Mac to consider an SSD upgrade. The newest Macbook Pros, Macbook Airs and iMacs come standard with an SSD.

The down side of SSDs

SSDs cost more, but not that much more. They are significantly less expensive than they were just a few years ago. If you buy a refurbished Mac laptop or desktop from GainSaver with an SSD installed by GainSaver technicians, it doesn’t add very much to the price of your order.

Take a look at the Solid State Drive prices in the Configurator when you check out your refurbished Mac. You’ll be surprised how affordable they are.

SSDs have lower capacity

The maximum capacities are lower for SSDs than traditional hard drives. Some people would rather sacrifice speed for a high capacity drive that can store more files. But one option you might consider is getting a low capacity internal SSD drive for your refurbished Mac, and then getting an external, high capacity drive for your really large files. You’ll have speed for booting up your system and launching applications, and plenty of room for your data.

Separating your data files from your Mac could be a good idea anyway, because then you don’t need to worry if you get a different computer, you don’t need to copy all your files again. And you can expand your external data storage indefinitely with additional external drives.

We guarantee you’ll love your SSD!

GainSaver can install an SSD in your refurbished Mac, and it’s fully guaranteed along with the rest of your computer system. GainSaver has a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and a 180 Day Warranty on every refurbished Mac. We guarantee you’ll be totally surprised and 100% satisfied with the huge jump in performance you get with an SSD.