In the world of computer hardware, there is an innumerable number of different storage components that you can choose for your system. AVATAR Computing, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is always trying to remain innovate and ahead of the adoption curve. The many different combinations of hardware are practically endless, and sadly often become outdated in over the course of a year. One piece of technology that is quite popular is the use of Solid State Drives or SSDs, as they are commonly referred to. In many cases they are the standard for computing now.
SSDs are the hard drives that are replacing the traditional Hard Disk Drive, or HDD. A HDD is essentially made up of an arm with a reader on the end, a spindle, and magnetic platters. These magnetic platters store your data, spinning constantly as the reader stores and takes information. These are rotating at about 10,000 RPM’s so that the read head can access anything at any time. These are very sensitive because of the moving parts and the small area of space at play. If dirt or any dust particles get onto the platters then it can throw it off potentially damaging the HDD. The same goes with moving the computer around as well. If that is spinning at 10,000 RPM with a very small space between the reader and platter, bouncing around the computer proves to be risky and dangerous for the device. This can also potentially throw off the hard drive and destroy it.
With SSD’s, you do not have worries like this. SSD’s are easily comparable with the storage technology that flash drives use. Instead of storing data on platters, it is stored on stationary memory chips. There is no worry of moving parts potentially going bad. Not to say that they do not have their flaws, as SSD’s are susceptible to damage as well. There just aren’t any moving parts adding to that fear. SSD’s are much, much faster than traditional HDD’s as well. Since there are no moving parts and a reader isn’t searching through physical disks, data can be found almost 5 times faster in many cases. These use less power and run cooler, and obviously do not produce noise like an HDD. Loading windows can take seconds rather than minutes.
SSD’s are far more powerful then HDD’s, but they come at a price. SSD’s are typically somewhere around $0.20 per GB while HDD’s are around $0.03 per GB. Typically, HDD’s are used for storage like movies, photos, music, and other large documents as you can purchase larger drives for less. But if you are using applications that you need to run fast and smoothly, there is no better choice than the SSD. We recommend SSD’s as their performance means faster PC’s and faster data retrieval.
Jack Cone, AVATAR Computing
August 18, 2017