Solid-state drives vs. hard disk drives

ramone By ramone, 16th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Insight on how Solid State Drive match up against their predecessors the traditional Hard Disk Drive.

How much boost you get from SSD technology?

Installing a Solid-State Drive (SSD) into your laptop/netbook or Desktop computer can radically ramp up its speed and reliability. What makes an SSD superior to a regular traditional IDE or SATA hard disk drive (HDD) is its memory. You’re probably familiar with USB memory sticks, SSD can be thought of as an oversize and more sophisticated version of the humble USB memory stick. Like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD, information is stored and retrieved from microchips (NAND flash memory Technology). In traditional HDD, there are constantly spinning discs that read and write data magnetically.

Notably, a computer takes a lot less time to hunt and gather data from an SSD because it’s able to find data just as quickly, no matter where it is in the memory. Meanwhile, a machine with traditional storage must search everywhere in an HDD to find a specific block of information, as the data block’s fragments may be spread across different locations. In fact, an SSD purposefully stores data in different spots to cleverly avoid wear and tear – but this never affects efficiency. Out classed and out matched SSD is a far better storage option to use.

Another way to use an SSD is as an external hard drive, merely to store your data. Of course, this option would not optimize your computer’s performance in any way. Normally I install my SSD as a Primary drive this is where my Operating System and Program files are while the traditional HDD is used as Additional storage.


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