The Crucial MX200 SSD is a worthy upgrade for your tired laptop or desktop PC. And easy to do yourself.
It happens that up to a few years ago the best upgrade for a PC was more memory. RAM reached the scale where prices were low enough to allow consumers to increase their computer's memory to levels that could make a big difference.
Then SSD showed up. These solid state (electronic memory) drives are used as a hard drive replacement for permanent storage with many benefits. Superior speed, lower power requirements, less heat generation - things that really make your fast PC go even faster.
You see, most of the modern PCs are suitable for day-to-day operations as we know them - browsing websites, consuming online services and communicating. Processors are faster than ever, memory is cheaper than ever but hard drives are mechanical beasts that have speed limits and can hardly keep up with the other bits and pieces inside your computer.
Newer drives suchs as SSDs on the other hand are faster than HDDs by orders of magnitude and can keep up with the other electronics inside your PC, helping improve the overall experience. This means faster boot times, faster resume from hibernation, programs that start faster, pages that download faster.
Crucial has a series of SSDs with different models and performance. The Crucial MX200 SSD is a mid-range model that can bring all the benefits of SSDs without having a higher price.
You can even source these drives with an optional USB adapter that comes with a license for Acronis, a backup program that will automatically copy your existing drive's content to this new device, allowing you to safely replace it to gain this instant performance boost. The copying operating will be shorter or longer depending on the size of the HDD being cloned so be prepared to go get a coffee or tea while waiting. Also some systems (specially laptops) are quite hard to work on, due to the miniaturised components around. In this case you could even copy your HDD at home and arrange for a technician to do the swap.
In my tests the Crucial MX200 SSD performed really well. In real life terms you could expect a clean copy of Windows to boot in a matter of seconds - as lower as ten seconds - and this is the time to see the desktop and having a responsive system ready for use.
I first swapped an old HDD with a SSD a few years back and since then all my personal systems had SSDs. This is the kind of upgrade you can't dismiss.