Solid State Drive
So you’re looking to purchase your next laptop but have no idea why so many
units are equipped with Solid State Drive (SSD) storage and how it differs to
traditional storage solutions, Hard Disk Drives (HDD). Our brief FAQ’s will
bring you up to speed with all you need to know about SSD.
SSD computer storage has been on the market for some time
but only recently has it been positioned as a viable alternative to traditional
hard disk drives (HDD). Let’s find out why…
What is a Hard Disk
HDD is a traditional
data storage device and is the mechanism that controls the
positioning, reading, and writing of the hard disk, which holds the largest
amount of data storage for a PC. HDD stores and retrieves digital information
using rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material, which stores all
of your data, from text documents to photos and even your music collection.
What is a Solid State
performs in much the same way as HDD storage, but the way in which it stores
data is very different. Interconnected flash memory chips retain the data, like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. Rather,
information is stored in microchips.
Why Use a Solid State
Solid state drives have several advantages over the magnetic hard drives.
Unlike the traditional drive, SSD has no moving parts, which provides a host of
benefits to the end user.
Benefits of SSD:
Faster data; access stored information faster,
with speeds increasing all the time
Less power usage; consume much less power than
Increased reliability; offers further reassurance
Produces no noise
I’ve viewed laptops
that aren’t equipped with SSD?
The mainstream market for SSD is still developing. As with most computer
technologies, the primary limiting factor of using the solid state drives is
cost for manufactures, although prices are continuing to fall. It may be years
before SSD becomes as competitive in terms of price and capacity with HDD.
Do I need to install any drivers to use my SSD?
There is no need
to install any additional drivers.