The critical difference between a traditional hard drive and an SSD is the technology behind it. An HDD has moving parts, which mechanically move an actuator arm across a spinning platter to find each data portion. However, an SSD accesses the data digitally with flash memory chips, retrieving data like documents, images, and videos more quickly while using less power.
There are several varieties of internal SSDs you can explore to replace a slower drive. Crucial offers both NVMe SSDs and SATA SSDs to help you speed up your computer; however, you'll need to understand the difference between SSDs before making any purchases. Deciding what's best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as compatibility, your system requirements, and your budget.
External SSDs, such as the Crucial X8, are a relatively new version of solid-state drives. External SSDs offer all the benefits of internal SSDs without the need to swap out the drive inside your computer. Plus, they can be used with multiple systems and devices via an external USB cable.
Use the Crucial® Advisor or System Scanner tools to find the right SSD to speed up your system.