Solid state drive (SSD) is not a new technology. But its use has gone sky high during past few years. A decade ago, most of people were unaware that this is another data storage technology which can take the place of hard disk drive. At that time, SSDs were also not even minutely close to the hard drives in providing storage capacity, data integrity or performance. But now, trends are changing and more and more people are switching towards this innovation. That has happened due to the intensive research in this field which has brought notable improvements to the flash based SSD technology. If you own a brand new PC, a solid state drive is must if you want an extreme performance. Of course, you can use it in addition to hard drives if you are using desktop PC. If you are using a notebook and want a lot of space with extra speed, hybrid drives are right choice for you to fit hard disk drive and solid state drive in one small enclosure of laptop.
I have observed that hard drive manufacturing giants like Seagate and Western Digital have realized that primitive platter based storage technology might not be successful in future. Therefore, now these companies are also trying to focus on flash based solid state drive technology. Most solid state drive manufacturers obtain flash chips from one or few vendors and just repack them in their own enclosures with their own software technology. Today, NAND flash technology is mostly used in SSD as it is a non-volatile digital storage medium which can retain data over the span of years. With research and improvements, tomorrow is bringing speedier, more capacious and more reliable solid state drives which will not only fulfill the requirements of ever growing space but also the need for speed. Mentioned below are the major advantages which a user can get by spending money on quality solid state drives.
1- Speed Factor and Improvement of System Performance
The speed factor makes the SSD superior to counter HDD technology. An SSD can be several times faster than any hard drive. Better read and write speed will put positive effect on PC performance and you can multitask with speed spending much lesser time. No matter how fast CPU or RAM your computer has, if you do not have faster storage medium, that fast system won’t perform with its full potential. Higher speeds is more important for movie makers to accomplish the editing task quickly. For gamers, SSD is also important if they want the game load faster and run smoother. Internet services like web hosting, online storage providers now utilize the potential of solid state drives to make their services run faster.
2- Data Integrity and Reliability
Solid state drives with flash based technology give unmatched data integrity and reliability. If you are one of those people who carelessly handle their laptops or often use them in cars with bumpy rides, solid state drive is a recommended choice for you as it has no mechanical parts in it. Therefore, you won’t lose the data due to mishandling. A portable solid state drive can tolerate more hardship than any hard drive. Hard drives with their mechanical parts may not survive if these are dropped badly. Moreover, newer solid state drives with improved technology can now afford hundreds of thousands of read/write cycles.
3- Less Heat Generation
Solid state drives due to the no mechanical parts produce lesser heat and help the system run cooler in extreme hot weather condition. A system running with multiple SSDs can survive with normal cooling system as compared to a system running on multiple hard disk drives. Flash chips are also designed to tolerate more external heat, humidity and atmospheric pressure without losing any data or malfunctioning.
4- Low Power Consumption
Flash chips are designed to consume fairly low power. If you compare the two storage technologies hard disk and solid state, you will observe that a hard drive consumes much more power. Even the newer hard drives with improved technology still stand higher in comparison. Due to the lower power consumption, the use of solid state drives in notebooks and tablets will cut the load on batteries resulting in increase in battery backup. If used in servers, these will cut the electricity expenses to some extent.
An SSD is designed to be replaced with hard disk drive. Solid state drives run on SATA port and are backward compatible. Therefore, older computers with SATA can run a solid state drive easily. All you will need is to use SSD compatible operating system. Portable solid state drives are also available now which utilize USB and are also backward compatible. An ordinary solid state drive can also be used with HDD enclosure to make your own portable hard drive. Solid state drives are compatible to use with Microsoft operating systems starting from XP, Vista and onward versions, new Linux, MacOS and other operating systems.