A new breed of hard drives are starting to become more available and affordable than before: The Solid State Drives or SSD. Not only they are more reliable than the regular hard drives; but they also provide a performance boost to any machine equipped with them. See, performance, is the combination of several components working in perfect harmony inside your computer, and the hard drive, (along with the processor speed and RAM) is one of them.
SSD's are a good alternative to conventional hard drives. Not only your computer will be more responsive, launching applications faster than before and cutting boot up time big time; but day to day experience, will be a more pleasurable one. Copying files, transferring data and even applying filters in Photoshop will be a breeze. You don't have to wait for a traditional hard drive's disk to spin around. SSD's have no moving parts, that results in quiet operation, cool environment and shock proof storage solution that offers the fastest OS responsiveness.
The only limitation these days with the SSD's alternatives, is capacity. While a 128 GB drive will cost you $379, you could get a conventional hard drive up to 1 TB for close to $70. So, if you have a machine with the latest Intel i7 processor that can offset the need for a high performance SSD hard drive, you may be better off with a conventional spinner instead. One branch that is taking advantage of such drives are the ultra tiny laptops. With almost instant on and blazing drive speed, you can get away with more energy friendly processors with sub par performance and boost the experience with the SSD's improved way of handling the way you move files around.