Solid State Drives: What’s the Fuss About?

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What’s so great about Solid State Drives?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are essentially used for the same purpose as your standard Hard Disk Drive (HDDs), which is storing your data, operating system, and applications. Each has their own features, but which one is best for you?

2.5 " SSD(left), and a 2.5" HDD (right)

2.5 ” SSD(left), and a 2.5″ HDD (right)

Affordability: Hard Drive Wins

HDDs are the standard in the industry right now, and the typical system is going to start with a 500 Gigabyte (GB) HDD. Of course, you can upgrade to a 1 terabyte, or even a 2 TB hard drive if you need that much space.

This is the upside to the HDD. As far as price goes, they win. Even as I am writing this article, a 500 GB Seagate HDD can start at around $70.00. Meanwhile, if you want a 500 GB SSD from a quality manufacturer you will be paying a little over $200.00.

Speed: Solid State Wins

If it is speed you are looking for, than the solid state is the one for you. These drives can operate up to 10 times faster (according to manufacturers) than your standard hard drive, and are still available with 6 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s SATA options.

Using a solid state drive will increase the speed at which your applications open, data is transferred, and even the system boot-up time.

Ruggedness: Another Win for Solid State

Hard disk drives use moving parts to operate and this is its down fall. Dropping a standard HDD is like dropping a record player while it is spinning a record, and you can imagine that catastrophe. The platter can break or be scratched, just as you would imagine the same happening to the album playing on your record player.

Solid state drives do not have moving parts, (not to say they can’t be damaged), but it is a lot harder to achieve. This fact also makes them less prone to overheating and noise.

On top of that, HDDs have issues with fragmenting your data over time, while SSDs do not typically run into this issue.

Our Opinion

The solid state wins. This is to say if you don’t mind spending the extra cash. Typically they will come in a 2.5 inch form factor, but for desktops you can grab a 3.5 inch converter and voila. They are also available in the mSATA form factor for ultra-thin laptops that have that option on the motherboard.

If you would like to put an SSD in your desktop, and save a little cash; you can always install your operating system on a small SSD, and use a more affordable HDD for your data storage.

Just to see the awesome possibilities of the SSD, check this video out.

Caleb Humphries, Sevier County Regional Manager

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