BurnWorld.com: Solid State Drives & Hard Disk Drives Compared

Solid State Drives & Hard Disk Drives Compared

by Rob Boirun for BurnWorld.com

As evidenced by the fact that SSDs are rapidly becoming more and more prevalent amongst viable options for storage devices, they need no longer be relegated to the “it’s nice, but not for me” section of the proverbial computer hardware store.

SSDs and the technology behind them have come forward in leaps and bounds over the last year or two, pushing them well up the ranks and getting consumers to sit up and take notice (with many already opting to make use of balance transfers to acquire this new technology) – SSDs are no longer just a gimmick, but a powerful alternative to the standard HDD that we have all come to know and love. Here’s a small comparison of some key features that both the drives share:

A Brief Introduction

Now, we know a little about SSDs, or Solid State Drives, and not only does the name sound great, but the technology behind it is rather enabling and fascinating in its own right. Already, one will notice a stark difference between the two, in that SSDs use solid state memory (a fact made fairly obvious by the name) and contain no moving parts, unlike the more commonplace HDD with its moveable heads and constantly spinning disks – thus leading to SSDs maybe having an acoustic advantage over the HDDs by having a lower operating noise, but at the end of the day, that’s hardly the most important thing going here.

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2 thoughts on “BurnWorld.com: Solid State Drives & Hard Disk Drives Compared”

  1. Regarding SSD vs HDD –
    An SSD drive uses about 1/10th the power of a traditional platter type hard drive.
    It is not subject to damage caused by a spinning platter that is shocked by dropping and thus the risk of bad sectors developing is zero.

    An SSD drive also reads information at a significantly higher rate than a normal HDD.
    The downside is that because of the way SSD’s write information for storage, a traditional HDD is generally faster.

    SSD’s are far lighter than normal hard drives too.

    This makes them ideal for use in laptops and similar. Even though a normal hard drive doesn’t weigh a lot, it does add additional weight and structural strengthening to hold the drive in place.

    For real computer use (AKA desktop), an SSD can reduce not only power consumption, computer weight, computer size, and noise, it also reduces heat generated.

    Four SSD drives used in a RAID array still weigh far less than a single hard drive and offer tremendous speed advantages especially in a RAID zero configuration.

    The biggest downfall for SSD drives is the fact that they need TRIM to keep them optimal.

    At present, even though Linux operating systems offer a very basic (AKA LAME) TRIM ability, you would be stuck using at least Windows 7 or newer to do the job properly.

    Ideally, manufacturers should have built in auto-trim to eliminate this restriction.

    Now for the bad news –
    Eventually, probably within the next 5-10 years, everyone won’t need a PC. Everything will be in the ‘Cloud’. Someone else will have total access to your data. You will be forced to pay for access and use of your own data.

    If you want extreme speed, far faster than ANY storage drive, you need to make and use a RAMDRIVE. You have near instant reads and writes. Downside is a power failure – you lose what is in the drive so a storage device will be needed to save anything.

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