Solid State Drives
Data storage and memory play a large role in Canadian organizations. Companies trust and rely on their computer storage to house the data and information they need to operate on a high level each and every day.
While companies strongly rely on the data storage devices that are in place in their organization, outside of the IT department, they tend to know very little about what their makeup looks like and how these devices function. Therefore, knowing which drive to choose for their computer can be an uneducated guess at best. Understanding solid state drives
Solid state drives, also known by the acronym SSD, is a common storage device that is used by computers. It utilizes solid state memory to store data and allows users to access the data in a similar way to a hard disk drive, also known as HDD.
SSD is derived from electronics and refers to the circuit that are built primarily from semiconductors rather than its alternative, magnetic media, which is common in hard drives.SSD versus HDD
There are a number difference between SSD and HDD storage. While HDD’s are electromechanical devices that are comprise of spinning disks and read/write heads, SSD’s use microchip technology that does not have any moving parts.
While SSD’s tend to cost more and are limited in some sense, they come with a lower access time and run silently. Additionally, both SSD and HDD use the same interface, making them easy to replace.Advantage of using solid state drives
There are a number of advantages to using solid state drives over their counterpart. Most importantly, since SSD uses a flash memory chip to store data on the drive it outperforms magnet hard drives in three distinct ways:
The main benefits of using solid state drives
- SSD’s provide quicker access to the data on the drive, in most cases, almost instantly. This leads to software programs and operating systems loading at a fast rate and enhancing the overall performance of a user’s computer.
- The lack of moving parts makes SSD’s are more reliable than magnetic hard drives. The moving parts in HDD’s are more susceptible to damage and if this occurs, could make a computers drive to be unreadable.
- SSD’s require less power to operate, which especially comes in handy when users are working on a laptop or other portable devices.
Many users decide to go with solid state drives because it provides a number of benefits that cannot be ignored. They include:
Reasons why SSD’s are not used in all computers
- Durability: Solid state drives are ideal for professionals that travel frequently and work in a number of different environments. It can take the bumps and changes in conditions in stride without affecting the performance of the computer.
- Processing power: Most professional require computers that can run multiple programs and multi task without a hitch. SSD allows a number of programs to seamlessly operate simultaneously.
- Speed: SSD’s are known for their ability to perform fast and efficient. They allow users to reduce time associated with file transfers, uploads, downloads, and loading programs.
- Power: SSD’s are much more efficient with the power they need to operate. In this sense, they can help prolong the battery of life of computers allowing users to get more out their computer.
While there are many benefits to using a solid state drives in your computer, there are also a number of reasons that prevent users from including them. They include:
- Cost: Compared to other drives, SSD are still very expensive and, as a result, many users opt for a more cost effective solution
- Capacity: One of SSD’s major downfalls is there data capacity. Compared to other drives, they can only hold a small percentage of the data that other drives can hold.
Solid state drives have a number of benefits and potential drawbacks for users to consider. If cost is not an issue and performance is your main concern, then SSD’s are you best drive option.
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