What is a Solid State Drive?

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What is a Solid State Drive?

Buyers can choose between a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) when shopping online for a laptop or purchasing additional storage. The drive type selected will affect the price and performance of a particular product. Since the HDD technology has been around for much longer, it delivers more storage capacity for a lower price. As of 2014, an SSD was running about $700 for 1TB compared to $85 for the same HDD, although SSDs are much faster. While a traditional HDD consists of spinning platters on which data is stored, an SSD uses interconnected flash memory chips to hold the same type of information. An HDD has to move a mechanical arm to access data, and an SSD can read it nearly instantaneously. The speed of the SSD is one of its primary benefits. Solid state drives are available on internal and external hard drives, and they can be found with various amounts of memory capacity.

 

Solid State Drives Outperform Hard Disk Drives

An SSD is an essential part of a personal computer because it performs a range of duties that are crucial for performance. Drives store the data that is needed to boot a system, and they can also store personal data and applications. When compared to a traditional HDD, a solid state drive is much faster, boots up quicker, and offers better performance. Since there are no spinning parts on an SSD, there's less noise generated when the computer is working. Although a hard disk drive can store more data, solid state drives are often chosen for their ability to launch apps fast and quickly boot up a machine.

 

Minimal Fragmentation

Because there are no moving parts on a solid state drive, users will experience less fragmentation than they will with traditional hard disk drives. The head needs to rotate around the platters to read and write on a traditional hard drive, which can cause blocks of data to be stored in different locations. Solid state drives have no physical head or spinning platters, so there's no way for files to become scattered on different parts of the drive. With a solid state drive, users never have to defragment their hard drives when performance becomes an issue.

 

Availability of Solid State Drives

Although solid state drives are generally more expensive than hard disk drives, the SSD's speed and durability has made it a common feature in laptops and notebooks since the early 2000s. When it comes to price, a solid state drive usually costs about seven or eight times as much as a hard disk drive that stores a similar amount of data. Hard drives are still more plentiful in the marketplace, and users may find computer models from Toshiba, Hitachi, and Samsung with hard disk drives. High-end laptops generally feature solid state drives because of their performance, form factor, and durability.

 

Form Factor Options

Since there are no spinning metal plates on a solid state drive, it's available in an array of form factors, which means that it comes in a range of sizes and is compatible with more types of motherboards. While manufacturers usually make drives in 2.5-inch cases, they only do so for ease of use. As computers and notebooks become smaller and slimmer, solid state drives are expected to be more common because they have fewer physical constraints.

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