a Quick look at Solid-State Drives

The first time I used a flash drive, I thought: “Why don’t they just make huge storage with the same technology?”. Turns out it was already in the works and it has been for quite some time, but we are about to see the first real-world applications of this technology. Solid-State Drives, means that there are no moving parts in them and uses Solid-State memory. This has some significant results:

  • Improved durability
  • Quieter
  • Uses less power
  • Three to Four times faster read/writes than conventional drives
  • No spin-up time
  • Consistent performance on the entire surface

solid state HDThere are already machines that use this technology as an option, like the recent Apple Air notebook. In the beginning these drives will cost as much as four times the price of regular drives and probably won’t be available everywhere, but as time will go by, this will probably become the technology of choice because of its many advantages.

Personally, I will most certainly be interested in the 4x speed increase, but we will have to wait and see if the initial specs we have been given all come true. Current drive sizes are as large as 160gb and climbing.

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