The In-Betweener: Not New & Not Old

Author: Levi Wilson

Take a look at your computer right now. It's safe to say that it's not necessarily new, yet at the same time it's not old either. You, my friend, are working with an In-betweener. Now, there is nothing wrong with an In-betweener; it's still a reliable machine that allows you to do your work, but even though you haven't noticed it, your computer has incrementally begun to perform slower and slower. It's just what happens, but are was to fix it. And if this is something you want to address, I have a solution for you.

There are an ample amount of ways to increase the speed of your computer, but the easiest and quickest way to refresh that In-betweener is by upgrading your hard drive, specifically, upgrade to a solid state drive (SSD). Here at MapleTronics, our product development and research team has spent many an hour researching and testing SSDs currently on the market and decided that Crucial MX200 is the product we should offer. Below is a description of the features and benefits of this solid state drive model. 

Performance and Endurance

  • Do more, faster and longer

The Crucial MX200 delivers 550 MB/s sequential reads on both compressible and incompressible data, and outperforms a typical hard disk drive by 400 MB/s. Moreover, the performance doesn’t slow down over time; this SSD posts an endurance rating that is five times greater than a typical SSD.

So what does this mean? It’s fast, reliable, and you will notice the different. Whether you are booting up your computer, a software program, or even scouring the internet, you will quickly realize how slow your old hard drive was.

  • Transfer and save large files quickly

SSDs typically rely on a fixed cache of multi-level cell flash memory, which allows one to write sequential data at published specs, but only for a set amount of time. Crucial’s industry leading Dynamic Write Accelerate technology tackles this problem by using an adaptable pool of high speed, single-level cell flash memory for consistently fast performance that doesn’t slow down during its usage.

So what does this mean? These SSDs will maintain the level of specification of performance much longer than previous designed SSDs, which results in a consistent user experience of peak performance.

  • Max out performance and increase reliability.

SSDs provide a higher degree of performance and reliability than hard disk drives. The engineering team at Crucial works with a form of technology, called RAIN technology, that protects the data at the component level, similar to how RAID is used with multiple hard drives. This technology increases the security and protection of the data to a level that is rarely seen in consumer-class SSDs.

What does this mean? First, RAIN technology (Redundant Array of Independent Nodes) is a heterogeneous collection of nodes called clusters linked through numerous interfaces to networks configured in fault-tolerant topologies, and it is used to increase fault tolerance. Thus, there is a lower probability of SSD to become corrupted.

  • Encrypt and protect the data

Keep personal files and sensitive information secure from hackers with AES 256-bit encryption, which is the same grade used by banks and hospitals. The Crucial MX200 SSD meets or exceeds all industry encryption standards, including Microsoft eDrive, IEEE-1667, and TCG Opal 2.0

So what does this mean? First, AES 256-bit encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) is a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); AES comprises of three block ciphers: 128, 192, and 256. Each cipher encrypts and decrypts data in blocks of 128 bits using cryptographic keys of 128, 192, and 256 bits, respectively. Then symmetric or secret-key ciphers use the same key for encrypting and decrypting, so both the sender and the receiver must know the use of the same key. And the results are in; it is extremely difficult to crack this level of encryption. An article about how secure is AES against brute force attacks states that even with a modern day supercomputer, it would take 3.31x10^56 years to crack the AES 256-bit encryption. To put this into perspective, the age of the universe is only 13.75 billion years old.

Efficiency and Reliability

  • Run your system longer using less power

With new Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, the Crucial MX200 is nearly two times more energy efficient than typical hard drives.

What does this mean? By upgrading your hard drive to an SSD, you will be slightly improving the quality of the environment by lowering your carbon footprint. But probably more relevant, you’ll get more usage time out of your battery. So less brouhahas at your local coffee shop over the ideal table near the power outlet.

  • Push your drive to the limit and avoid overheating.

Adaptive Thermal Protection technology enables the SSD to dynamically adjust storage component activity based on how one is using the drive, allowing the storage system to stay cool

What does this mean? Basically, your hard drive will last longer, because it won’t overheat easily. Most likely you’re going to use your computer the same way as always; for example, have you ever been in the middle of writing an email and thought, “wow, I better slow down and take a break. I’ve been using my computer for a while, and I should check on my hard drive to make sure it’s not over heating.” No, you’ve never thought that and nor should you.  This technology allows you to trust your machine and that your hard drive won't fry so you can do the work you need to do.

  • Keep your memories, photos, and files safe.

When a photo or file becomes corrupted, it often becomes unusable. Prevent this from happening in the first place with our the Crucial MX200 SSD, which is designed to arm every storage component with four layers of Exclusive Data Defense.

What does this mean? Machines break down over time and usage. Sure, SSDs have no moving parts, which makes them more reliable than HHDs, but wear and tear still happens and cells can become corrupted. Nonetheless, the Exclusive Data Defense technology increases the probability of recovering that data if the SSD starts to experience that effects of old age.

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Okay, so that was a lot of information about solid state drives and you may have more questions than you did before reading this article. So I suggest that you reach out to us, tell us about your computing situation, and we can help you decide if you should upgrade to an SSD or not.