What is an SSD?
SSD stands for solid-state drive, it is a no-volatile storage device which stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory.
An SSD is actually not a hard drive in the traditional sense of the term as it has no moving parts involved. A traditional hard disk drive (HDD) resides on a spinning disk with a read/write head on a mechanical arm called an actuator. While on the other hand, SSD has an array of semiconductor memory organized as a disk drive, with integrated circuits, rather than magnetic or optical storage media.
Advantages of SSD drive
In terms of speed, An SSD equipped PC is going to boot in less than a minute, possibly even in seconds. A hard drive needs time to speed up to operating specs and will continue to be slower than an SSD during normal use.
For durability, an SSD has no moving parts which means its more likely to keep your data safe in the event that you drop your laptop bag or your system is shaken about by an earthquake while it is operating.
A lot of hard drives park their read/write heads once the system is off, though they are flying over the drive platter at a distance of a few nanometers after they are in operation, even parking brakes has its limits. If you are rough on your equipment, an SSD is really recommended.
Noise is next. Did you know even the quietest hard drive will emit a little bit of noise when it is in use from the drive spinning or the read arm moving back and forth? Specifically if it is in a system where its been banged about or if it has been improperly installed in an all metal system. When it comes to fast hard drives, they will make even more noise than those that are slower. SSDs simply do not make any noise at all as they are non-mechanical.
Now onto the power of an SSD. An SSD does not need to expend electricity spinning up a platter from a standstill, therefore, none of the energy consumed by the SSD is wasted as friction or noise which makes them more efficient. When on a desktop or in a server, this should lead to a lower energy bill, as well as allow you a greater battery life on a laptop or a tablet.
Form factors. SSDs will have no limitation on how far they can shrink, therefore, they keep shrinking as time goes on. SSDs already exist in 2.5 inch laptop drive sized boxes, however this is just for convenience. While laptops proceed to turn slimmer and tablets take over as primary platforms for Web surfing, you will begin to see the adoption of SSDs skyrocketing.
The maximum, common capacity. Even when consumer-based SSD units top out at 4TB, they are still rare and expensive. You are more likely to see 500GB to 1TB units as primary drives in systems. As 500GB is considered a ‘base’ hard drive in 2017, pricing concerns are able to push that down to 128GB for lower-priced SSD-based systems. Multimedia users will need a lot more, meaning about 1TB to 4TB drives in high-end systems. Basically, this means more storage capacity and more things you are able to keep on your PC. Cloud-based (internet) storage might be alright for housing files you plan to share with your tablet, phone, and PC even though local storage is less expensive and you only need to buy it once.
A Better Storage for you
- Road warriors: A lot of people simply shove their laptops into their bags. For this reason, they might want the extra security of an SSD. The laptop might not really be completely asleep after you violently shut it in order to catch your next flight. This also includes folks who work in the field, like utility workers and university researchers.
- Speed demons: If you are the kind of person who simply needs stuff done fast, spending the extra money for quick boot-ups and app launches may be helpful. Supplement with a storage SSD.
- Graphic arts and engineering professionals: The speed of an SSD may be the difference between completing two proposals for your client and completing five.
- Audio engineers and musicians: If you are recording music, you might not want the scratchy sound of a hard drive intruding, quieter SSDs are your best option.
Whether you want to get an SSD or not is completely up to you, however, we definitely recommend it as it speeds up a lot of things. As far as longevity goes, while it is true that SSDS can wear out over time, it usually takes up to six years before you start running into read/write errors with an SSD.