Tech Talk: Solid State Hard Drives
[Continuing this week’s featured post series about technology that Hoboken residents may be using or thinking about using…]
I love my SSD!
Back in 2007, I took the plunge and bought a new Windows Vista PC. The computer lasted *almost* three years, before it stared getting overloaded to the point where work was next to impossible to complete. Other than the whacked-out state of the operating system after years of continual use – the most aggravating aspect of that dying system was the constant hard drive noise while it searched and seeked for data to complete simple operations. I never wanted to hear another hard drive churn ever again.
Now that we’re in 2010 – the cost of solid state hard drives (similar to memory cards in your camera) have become much more affordable for the regular computer user.
Solid state hard drives have no moving parts. Just like your digital camera cards – but much bigger, and designed to be plugged inside your PC or notebook just like a regular hard drive. So to me, this elimination in annoying crunching sounds was priceless.
Another benefit to SSD hard drives is they make laptop computer batteries last longer, because of the lower power requirements. They also boot much faster.
There are some caveats to switching to SSD drives you should be aware of. For one, there is some debate about their longevity. While the manufacturers say they can last a decade or longer, others say the volatility of flash memory is suspect and could start failing sooner than you’d expect. Which is why it’s important to have a firm backup plan in place.
And while the data access is “nearly instant,” the overall “throughput” is not on par with the fastest magnetic hard disks on the market.
Lastly, the cost is still somewhat prohibitive, and you won’t be able to get the 1TB or 2TB sizes which are cheaply available now in standard disks for quite a while.
Are you a fan of SSD hard drives?