A Game Changing Upgrade That Can Put Thousands In Your Pocket

Upgrade to SSD and Profit!

If you’re on my subscriber list, I sent you an email last night asking if you’ve ever installed a Solid State Drive (SSD) in a workstation or laptop.

The reason being, for the first time last week, I installed one for myself. To say I was impressed by the performance increase would be a massive understatement.

I think this is a really big deal. Really big.

But to be honest, I realize SSDs have been available for quite some time, and I was thinking maybe I might just be late to the party here. I wanted to know if what I am just discovering is old news to you.

So I sent out that email last night, and the hundreds of replies I’ve gotten so far confirm I’m not alone. The vast majority of the responses were, “No, I haven’t installed one yet.”

And the main reason given for not having installed one was, “They’re still too expensive for the amount of storage you get.”

This is exactly why I’ve never bothered proposing one to a client. It just seemed silly to price out a new Dell workstation and replace the included 500GB hard drive with a SSD that was a quarter of the size (128GB) for almost $300 more.

Why would anyone do this?

Well, my experiences last week showed me exactly why.

I’ve got an old Dell Latitude D430 laptop sitting in my closet at home, collecting dust.

When I bought it 5 years ago, I loved it. It was compact, lightweight, rugged and had about 4 hours of battery time.

But after several years, it just became too slow to use.  I did the clean-ups, and even did a fresh install of the OS, but with a max RAM of 2GB, this laptop, while still fully functional, had just gone the way all computers go over time.

It just had to be replaced, and about a year or so ago, I bought myself a new Inspiron and I put my aging Latitude on the shelf.

So, I was at home one evening last week and I ran into a situation where I knew I was going to need my laptop in the morning. But my new Inspiron was sitting on my desk in the office.

So I pulled the old Latitude out of the closet, booted it up and made sure everything I needed was running. It was slow going, but I figured it would be fine to get me through the morning.

Well, I got on the train the next morning, hit the power button and…

17 minutes later I was connected to the Internet, had Outlook open and was able to finally send the email I needed to.

17 friggin minutes. Ridiculous.

When I got to the office, I told Jei, one of my top techs about it, only because I was still frustrated from the experience and wanted to vent. He said, “Why don’t you install an SSD?”

I said, “No thanks. I have another laptop.” He was insistent. He found a link to a compatible 64GB drive that cost $87 and said I should definitely install it.

I trust Jei and he was passionate about this, so I ordered the drive. And a day later, I installed it. I reinstalled Windows XP (the laptop still only takes a max of 2GB RAM), installed the drivers, installed Outlook and few other apps, and…

Holy crap.

49 seconds from the time I hit the power button to the time Windows is booted, I’m connected to the Internet, Outlook is open and I’m ready to send an email.

From 17 minutes down to 49 seconds, with no other changes than replacing the hard drive with a SSD.

This 5 year old laptop running Windows XP and 2GB of RAM is unquestionably now my fastest computer. Faster than my home desktop. Faster than any computers in the office. WAY faster than my new Inspiron.

This is game changing.

Up until now, if a client had a computer that was just too slow, our options were limited.

We do the clean-up. We clean out the junk files, clean the registry and remove stuff from the startup group. We check for malware and make sure the RAM is maxed. We do what we can to speed things up, but sometimes it just gets to the point where the machine is as fast as it’s going to get.

This is no longer the case.

For about $125, your client can purchase a 128GB SSD, you take an hour or two to install the OS, apps, printers, etc. and you’ve given them a machine that performs WAY better than the day they first bought it.

If you’re thinking 128GB isn’t enough (or even 64GB if you want to go cheaper), that’s not the case. You’ll still use the standard IDE or SATA Hard Drive that was already in the machine as the data drive. Or you use the network server for data storage. Or you use Cloud storage for data.

The only thing that gets installed to the SSD is the OS and the apps you need to run quickly.

With this upgrade, you can breathe new life into older workstations, saving your client’s thousands of dollars in computer replacements, while also putting thousands more dollars in their pockets through the improved performance they’ll get from their systems.

Earlier this week my accountant was in my office. We had a little race and booted up our laptops side by side (he’s got a newer Latitude I purchased for him just over a year ago).

My ancient laptop was up and running a full four and a half minutes before his was. This was all the convincing he needed.

“Why didn’t you show me this before tax season?! You know how many times I sit there with a client in silence, waiting for QuickBooks or Excel to open? You know how much time and money you could have saved me if we upgraded some of my preparer’s workstations back in February!?”

I can easily think of dozens of clients of mine who I can show this to, who I believe will either upgrade existing workstations, or replace some older ones with new desktops pre-configured with an installed SSD.

This is what being a successful consultant is all about… finding new technologies that can have a massive positive impact for your clients, while generating profitable project work for yourself.

What an opportunity this is. I hope you, and your clients, take full advantage of it.

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