SSD’s are a natural progression that I believe started with USB memory sticks. USB keys have certainly changed the way data is shared between people. More and more, we’re seeing solid state hard drives being offered on store shelves and being sold with new desktops and laptops.
SSD’s with no moving parts offer almost very fast access to data mean faster transfer rates, the current generation SSD’s offer 3 to 4 times greater speed. Upgrading to a solid state drive makes the overall system feel more responsive when compared to a mechanical hard drive.
Solid state drives, since they have no moving parts, should outlast comparable hard drives. This does remain to be seen, though, since SSDs haven’t been out too long compared to standard hard drives.
SSD’s weakness is significantly higher prices and comparatively lower capacities drive. Like all new technology, early adopters pay the price of new technology. While current costs per Gigabyte for SSD’s approach $2 per GB, traditional hard drives are approaching $0.05 per GB.
Who Should Buy a SSD?
- Enthusiasts who’ve gotten their hands on an SSD and felt the difference don’t want to go back to using a mechanical hard disk.
- If you’re used to waiting a minute to load Windows, then an SSD may be of value to you. The SSD’s specialty lies with accessing multiple files at once.
- Upgrading to a solid state drive makes the overall system feel more responsive when compared to a mechanical hard drive.
- With no moving parts laptops can run cooler then with hard disk
Let’s say it again, though. An SSD, regardless of which one you pick, runs circles around mechanical storage.