There is an old joke that goes something like this: “Do you know why computer programmers have slumped shoulders and slanted foreheads? If you ask them a question the shrug their shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know’. And when you tell them the answer they slap their foreheads”.

My forehead became more inclined last week when I finally got around to replacing the hard drive in my middle-aged laptop with a Solid State Drive (SSD). For years I had read that replacing the mechanical type of drive that comes with most computers with an SSD drive makes the computer run much faster. (Solid-state drives have no moving parts and are pure, fast, electronic memory.) But for one reason or another, I put off upgrading. Then last week when I could no longer ignore that it was taking my Windows 10 computer forever to boot, a decision was required: either take up knitting or get a new drive.

So I purchased online a 500 Gig Samsung EVO drive for around $150. They used to ship hard drives in elaborate packaging because of their fragility. This one came in a regular shipping envelop with no protection. Since they have no moving parts, there is nothing to break or damage.

I did the upgrade myself and in the process only lost two of the unbelievably microscopic screws used to hold laptops together. Other than the size of the screws, the upgrade was quick and easy.

There was some nervousness when I turned on the computer after the upgrade, but that quickly converted to joy when the computer booted up in about 15 seconds. AMAZING! Every program opens much faster and it doesn’t seem possible that the newest computer on the market today could be any faster than mine with this upgrade. For a couple of hours of toil and a nominal amount of expense, upgrading to an SSD drive was well worth the effort.