What is SSD? Top Reasons Why It’s Better than HDD
What is SSD? (Solid State Drive)
People who have been looking for larger storage media may have encountered this term once or twice, but may have been put off by its steep price tag. SSD is worth every penny, especially if you are trying to improve your computer’s speed and functionality, without having to overhaul your entire unit.
It’s short for solid state drive, which is a type of storage media that uses integrated circuit board to create flash memory for data. It doesn’t contain mechanical components or movable parts, which makes it easy to access, easier to use, runs silently, and less prone to damage due to physical shock.
What is SSD when compared to HDD?
Although HDD (hard disk drive) is one of the more popular storage media these days, it is prone to multiple mechanical issues. HDD relies on different internal mechanisms like actuator, platter, and spindle to record, store and retrieve device. Any sudden jolt can displace these mechanisms, rendering the device useless. SSD uses circuit boards which makes it less likely to stop working due to physical stress. In fact, most storage media of this type is 1,500g/0.5ms shock resistant, or in simple terms: this can survive a small drop from table height.
Its circuit board is also the main reason why SSD is lighter in weight, runs quietly, consumes less energy, and is not prone to overheating like HDD.
What is SSD IOPS when compared to HDD?
True enough, when it comes to Input / Output Operations per Second, SSD has a higher price per gigabyte ratio than its mechanical counterpart. However, due to high durability, speed, and energy efficiency (consumes less electrical power,) this storage media is easily worth 10 hard disk drives in the long run.
What is SSD in a nutshell?
SSD is a portable, adaptable storage media for desktops, laptops, and ultra-books. It works similarly to thumb-sized flash drives, but only on a more massive scale. It boots faster than HDD, doesn’t overheat, and can retrieve persistent data in seconds. It is portable, lightweight, and energy efficient.
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