Solid State Drive (SSD) – What You Need To Know

Many computer enthusiasts who keep track of technology news should have heard of the super-speed flash-based solid state drive (SSD) which makes the best alternative to the traditional spinning hard disk drive. So what’s solid state drive? And why is all the hype around it?

A solid-state drive (SSD) is basically a high-performance flash-based storage device which has been aimed to supersede the conventional platter-based hard disk drive (HDD) and be its successor. It’s storage purposes are exactly the same as its predecessor but with some radical differences between the two in architecture, functionality and performance. (Read more about the major differences between HDD and SSD)

Unlike traditional hard disk 0drive (HDD) a solid state drive contains no moving parts and it’s a plug-and-play device. Having no moving parts allows data to be transferred at maximum speeds. An SSD is constructed out of either EEPROM memory boards or DRAM, a memory bus board, a battery card, and an own CPU to manage data which forms the secret of its high speed performance compared with HDD and allows it to produce highest possible I/O rates. That’s why it’s most useful for servers to relieve the bottlenecks created by some stored data such as databases, library and index files, swap files and authorization and login information.

The standard physical size of an SSD is 2.5 inches, which is the same size as a laptop hard drive. The interface is the same as well, which is Serial ATA (SATA). As for the weight, it is a way more light-weighted than hard drive.

Modern SSDs (Crucial M4 SSD for instance) come with 500MB/s sequential read speed and almost the same with sequential write speed, which is about four times faster than the fastest standard 7200RPM hard disk drive.

What does this mean to you? How fast an SSD can really be? Imagine your computer with Windows 7 can boot within 15 seconds instead of 1-2 minutes. Or that you can launch Photoshop CS6 in just 5 seconds instead of 30. What about games? Huge games excessively benefit from solid state drives in terms of loading files and moving between stages.

An SSD can significantly increase the speed of any system and take it to the next level of performance. It is an appealing choice for gamers, video editors, graphics designers, web-servers managers, and anyone else who seeks the crazy super-speed this flash device provides.

At the end of the day, if you want to find out what the best SSD brands out there are that can deliver the highest possible speed a storage device can provide, do visit our special best SSD roundup page.

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