What is Solid State Drive (SSD)? Do I Need It?

What is Solid State Drive (SSD)? Do I Need It?

Have you heard SSD? Or is it your first time learning this particular term? Believe it or not, SSDs or Solid-State Drive are not new technologies. They have been around for years but the spotlight seems to be aloof in the past. One obvious reason why solid-state drive was not given that much attention, is because of the fear of dealing with expensive price. 2000s is a good year for SSDs as it is making its way to the computer consumer market but still many people tend to ignore or become a bit unaware of its’ true potential.

Let’s look at the traditional disk drive or the HDD.  An HDD is a data storage device composed of metal platters coated with ferromagnetic materials. It is a much more of a mechanical storage device than a digital one.

Solid-state drive on the other hand has no moving arms or parts. SSD shares similarity to the traditional disk, somehow. It has several advantages though; like significantly large storage size and it serves as a portable flash drive. The wide varieties of solid-state drive in the market today actually fall in the category of the NAND variety. NAND variety is a non-volatile memory and it doesn’t require electricity to keep data storage capacity (usual RAM in the computer loses its stored data when the power supply is cut off.) NAND memory is quite excellent because it has a significant speed over mechanical hard drives, as the spinning and searching is removed from the system. Quite fascinating isn’t it?

 

 Caring Tips for Solid-State Drive

You will notice a big difference in terms of speed and decrease in noise when using a solid-state drive. Though it sounds easy, caring for your drive is crucial and there are few rules needed to be followed.


 Defragmentation

This is useless for SSD and it will only decrease the lifespan. By defaults, defragmentation for SSD in Windows.

 

 Turn-Off Indexing Service

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