SSD “Solid State Drives” are the Wave of the Future

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It may not be any time soon that SSD (Solid State Drives) replace the current hard drives that we are accustomed too but they will be a big part of storage devices that we use in the future.

Solid State Drives offer a few benefits over the traditional magnetic platter hard drives but have some disadvantages that may be eliminated as prices come down. The SSD is almost ready for prime time. The prices are steadily declining and they are the logical choice if we wish to see an drastic performance gains in data storage technology.

Some of the major factors that make solid state drives a better choice over HDD (hard disk drive) are mainly performance, durability and in some cases the size. SSDs have no moving parts and offer the ability to move data much faster than a HDD. Power consumption can be reduced with the use of a SSD especially in the case of a laptop or netbook.


If you were to replace the HDD in most current systems on the market with an SSD you will notice that it improves the over-all performance of the computer and the boot times of virtually any operating system will be cut almost in half. Of course other factors such as the CPU speed and bus speed with have it’s limitations on the performance.

Previous versions of SSDs were known for getting bad press from supposedly losing speed over time or consuming large amounts of energy and even offering limited storage space. Since then, major improvements have been made and many new SSDs use Advanced Wear Management virtually eliminating degrading of performance over time. SSD drives can now be had in capacities of over 256GB to as much as 500GB. Right now price is a major factor in determining of a large capacity SSD is even feasible for most computer users. A 256GB SSD currently runs almost $800.

In today’s market, HDDs are still the no-brainer choice for the majority of computer users especially when you can purchase a 1.5 terabyte drive for just over $100.

Do you use an SSD in any of your computers? Would you adopt SSD technology if the price was right?

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