How much SSD do i need?

It’s a question we’re asked every day and the answer isn’t straightforward. The best place to start is with your current unit of storage – the hard drive – and its new technology replacement – SSD drives ( SSD stands for solid-state drive).

Hard drives work by spinning magnetic disks at high speed and reading and writing data on them magnetically.

They offer massive capacity but they aren’t fast: Samsung claims you can get 50 milliseconds latency from Samsung’s SSD 840 pro series. This slow access time makes them unsuitable for system memory or as permanent storage, so it’s more common to use SSD s as secondary storage such as storage space on your pc. 

SSD s don’t use spinning disks and can achieve much higher speeds than hard drives: Samsung claims the SSD 840 pro series has a read speed of up to 540 megabytes per second.

Samsung also says you can get 10 times faster access to system memory with SSDs. Because they are non-mechanical, SSDs have no moving parts so are more robust – perfect for laptops or as your permanent storage space on pc SSDs.   

So how big do I need?

The answer is that it depends on what you’re using it for – how many programs do you install at once? How often do you update them? Do you play games off local storage or store them on ssd s? How many photos, videos, and music do you have? And how much space is already taken up by operating system files?

The best way to work out how big an SSD you need is to look at your computer’s specifications. Samsung SSD 840 pro series drives come in three sizes: 120 gigabytes (GB), 256 GB, and 512 GB. It’s important to go for the biggest storage space that fits within your budget so you don’t run out of room too soon!   

How much Space on SSD do I need for Windows 10?

It depends on what kind of installation you want. There are at least three kinds of installations: clean install, upgrade, and multiboot. It also depends on how much software will be installed in your Windows system.

However, there is a common answer that can be given to this question. You need at least 20-25 GB for clean install or upgrade installation of Windows 10, 40-50 GB if you want to have multiple OS installed in your hard drive (multi boot), and 100+ GB if you plan to store lots of data files. If you have less than 8GB RAM it’s better not to use any of these installation types.

If you don’t know how much disk space do I need for windows 10, check out the table below to get an idea.

If your Windows system came with a DVD/USB you need more free space regardless of what is written here. You can always use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition to create more free space on your hard drive by removing any excess partition or uninstalling some software applications which are not used frequently.

SATA vs mSATA vs M.2

There are three main types of solid state drive — SATA SSDs, mSATA SSDs and M.2 SSDs. They all use flash memory similar to that found in USB sticks or digital cameras — unlike a conventional HDD where the data is stored on magnetic platters.

Flash memory has no moving parts, unlike a conventional hard disk drive which has spinning platters with thousands of read/write heads that hunt back and forth.

Flash memory is also far more durable than conventional storage, which means SSDs are shockproof and impervious to vibration. This makes them better suited to mobile devices like tablets or laptops that are often dropped or moved around a lot.

The downside of all this speed and durability is that SSDs have a finite number of read/write cycles. However, the technology has evolved enough that it won’t be a problem for many years — so you should get years of normal use out of an average SSD before any signs of trouble appear.

However, you can prolong the life of your drive by taking care not to repeatedly write files if it only needs to read them, defragmenting the drive frequently (although there’s debate over whether this has any real benefit) and not storing photos or other large files on the SSD itself — keep these on a conventional HDD instead.

The basic types of SSD are SATA, mSATA and M.2. Here’s how they compare:

M.2 drives

M.2 is a form factor for SSD storage devices using the PCIe bus interface. It will be used in place of SATA when it is necessary to fit storage devices into small spaces or slim computers such as ultrabooks or tablets.