Technology; Where would we be without it? One advantage of the hours researchers spend locked in their labs is that, despite their narrow focus on inventing something new, every now and then they come (read: stumble) acrosssomething which can greatly add to existing services. An example of this is SSDs. Years of experimenting has brought forward change to a very integral component of the PC, namely the hard disk.
Gone are the days when read write technology was based on actuator and platter systems. Nowadays one can use SSD for their storage needs. It is pertinent to add here that by storage we do not simply mean saving our files on a disk for use. Rather certain factors come into play here such as performance via disk transfer rates, reliability, and energy efficiency and so on.
Starting with reliability; SSDs can be pricey. But one should think long term. Standard HDDs last, on the average, 3 to 4 years. Manufacturers claim 5 years but rarely do they make it that far; few do. Compare this to SSDs which come backed by ridiculously high 1 to 2 million hour life expectancy. While these figures are absurd, the fact remains that SSDs are up to 3-4 times longer lasting than standard drives.
Coming to what is of the essence nowadays, performance. If one looks at the anatomy, the conclusion is simple and obvious. A standard HDD consists of moving parts such as a platter, actuator and arm. Compare this to a SSD which has no moving parts; rather it is all one circuit board with flash integrated. Note that performance for writing is faster with HDDs while reading and access is better with SSDs. Gaming, for example, with an SSD will bring better performance playing games.
Durability is automatically enhanced with the omission of moving parts. While durability isn’t an issue for dedicated server stations, mobile devices are another story. Furthermore, military application and likes makes SSD a far better option than something built upon delicate platters and actuators.
Reliability doesn't mean life expectancy alone; the risk factor should also be considered. Chances of data failure rank high for standard HDDs due to their mechanical buildup as compared to SSDs; this can reflect badly on firms with huge scale of operations and in personal use as well.
All in all, SSDs take the gold. They perform better in every aspect except for the price factor which is the number one drawback. Otherwise, the above article is ample consideration of what drive your next PC should include.
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