If you’re still running traditional hard drives or first generation SSDs on your computer, you owe it to yourself to upgrade to a new SSD. Today’s solid state drives are dramatically faster than hard drives, and early SSDs. I recently had a chance to test out one of the latest WD Blue SSDs, and it’s a smoking fast way to upgrade any computer.
WD now offers two main lines of solid state drives – the WD Blue SSD and the WD Green SSD, both in either 2.5″ or M.2 2280 form factors to support a wide variety of systems. The Blue series offers higher capacities, while the Green series minimizes power consumption, making them ideal for laptops.
The specific model I’ve been enjoying is the WDS100T1B0A – a 1 terabyte Blue model in 2.5″ size. All models connect using a speedy SATA connection.
The WD Blue drive I tested offers very good sequential read speeds up to 545 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 525 MB/s. That’s about double the speed of the external SSD that I’ve been using for my video and image editing work, and more than 10 times faster than the physical hard drive I currently use for extra storage and backups. Those speed boosts mean everything you do on your computer is faster. Boot times are faster, copying or moving files, multitasking, and storage intensive applications like Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Pro fly. To put things in perspective, I was able to copy a 4GB 4K video file from my Retina iMac’s similarly fast internal SSD to the WD Blue in less than 10 seconds. Performing the same operation between my iMac and my current external SSD took three times as long.
In addition to the speed boost, since SSDs have no moving parts, they’re far less susceptible to failure than hard drives. These drives also offer a 400TBW endurance rating to help safeguard your data for years to come. The WD Blue SSD lab tested with a 1.7 million hour (~200 year) Mean Time to Failure rating. While no hardware maker will give you a 200-year warranty, WD backs their SSDs with a very good 3-year limited warranty.
If you’re looking to speed up your computer and everyday tasks, while improving reliability, look no further. The WD Blue SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, while the WD Green SSD comes in 120GB and 240GB sizes. For a limited time, you can save 25% off on the price of WD’s solid state drives using the link here, and the promo code SUPERCHARGE.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by WD. Technabob received compensation for writing it. All opinions expressed are those of Technabob.