HDD vs. SSD

HDD v. SSD

Recently in the world of laptops, there seems to be a major boost to replace traditional hard drives Hard Disk Drives to the latest and faster SSD Solid State Drive. This issue presents a difficult question for future notebook buyers, and especially for those considering buying a laptop for games.

What system of data storage should you go with?

Now, the SSD or Solid state drive are not new, they have been around since the 70s but were mainly used in applications of nests in the past. Are these flash drives replacing one of the last hold outs of the moving parts of data storage – the hard drive?

What a hard drive?

HDD SeagateMost computer users are familiar with hard drives because they are present in most computers and laptops. A data store HHD rotating magnetic platters, which have different speeds, so you often see 5400rpm and 7200rpm associated with hard drives. Data is written to and read from these plates by a block of read / write heads, which are controlled by a micro-controller.

For your information may be stored in different parts on a hard disk, the time required to obtain and recover data may vary considerably. Keep in mind, these mobile devices are mechanical and are therefore subject to all the problems associated with moving parts and can sometimes fail, crash. Most of us have been there, done that!

What is a Solid State Drive?

SSD SamsungNow DSS is an entirely different creature from a hard disk. Solid State Drives uses a flash memory chip managed by a micro-controller to store its data. The important thing to remember, SSDs are generally slow write times, but have very fast read times. Like most users to read rather than write information, the DSS can be much faster than hard drives.

In addition, SSDs have no moving parts so they are more durable and much quieter than traditional casks. In addition, you can use less energy and fewer problems with vibrations interfering with ongoing operations.

What you’ve probably already guessed, SSDs are ideal for laptops and small devices such as netbooks. The growing popularity of these handy machines portable prompting SSD at the forefront of computer technology. Our Need for Speed has always been insatiable, but also has our need to make things smaller and smoother.

SSDs are better suited to these devices and all major notebook manufacturers like Dell, Apple, HP, Levono … have all recently started to offer laptops with SSD. Toshiba, which is one of the largest manufacturers of semiconductors, has also started to produce laptops with SSD. They also invented NAND flash memory, these chips are widely used in various memory cards such as SmartMedia and CompactFlash. Again, the main advantages is the access time faster, lighter, less power consumption, more resistant to shocks and more longevity.

Another trend which we see the SSD taking hold is the netbook market. This is a relatively new trend since the netbook has been launched by Asustek in autumn 2007 with its first Eee PC.Other handset manufacturers like Lenovo, MSI, HP, Dell … have all followed the long and jumped on this very popular and growing sector of the cell phone industry.

The cost of the SSD are higher

One of the main obstacles to the use of DSS must be the cost. SSDs are more expensive than hogsheads but prices will fall as costs by reducing production. However, for the moment, there is strong and many different laptop buyers will go with the cheaper hogsheads.

Another related issue is the amount of SSD can withstand. Because of cost, most current SSD storage have comparably small amounts to keep the overall cost of a unit downward. However, we now support a wider SSD 64GB, 128GB and 512 GB of memory. We even have an SSD drive that can store 1 TB (terabytes) of data produced by PureSilicon.

Another thing to consider, with SSD you should not cache since the system caches are usually made to solve the problems of hard drive performance. This may be a way to save money for future aircraft since the cache is expensive.

The future of SSD

The real future of DSS must be made in the growing popularity of the ultra-portable devices such as netbooks, mini laptops and others. The DSS is perfectly suited for these types of portable devices and as consumer demand becomes stronger, the future looks very bright DSS indeed.

Another market for the DSS should be in gaming laptops, which are optimal because the players use their machines primarily in reading rather than writing data. In addition, laptops and gaming GAMERS want the best performance at any cost, they do not hesitate to spend big bucks if they can get superior performance in return.

Specialists in major games, such as Alienware, offer the possibility of SSD in many of their laptops and even some desktop machines. Other manufacturers of portable games are next in the same direction. As with any technology there is a lag time before the old is replaced by the new. The traditional hard drives will be around for some time yet, but its days may only be numbered.

For the buyer portable type of player that you choose ultimately depends mainly on the objective of your new device. If you are looking for a quiet, long lasting, fast Netbook that can take more than a few hard knocks, then you should look at a machine with DSS. If you want a traditional desktop computer or laptop desktop replacement, you can save money by going with a unit with the HDD, they have worked perfectly well for years and will be around for some time in the future. Of course, if you are into gaming laptops and want a state of the art machine, and a Solid State Drive may be your best option, assuming that the money is no object.

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