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Solid-State Drives (SSDs) vs. Traditional Hard-Disk Drives (HDDs)

1. Speed

  • SSDs enable you to access your data virtually instantaneously (because there is no need to spin disk platters and no need to move read / write heads mechanically to seek out data). This means your system is much more responsive - when you click on a program it loads almost immediately, and saving data / powering down is much quicker too - so you can get more done in less time!

2. Durability

  • Although SSDs are still susceptible to certain causes of data loss (e.g. resulting from electronic failure or software corruption), with no motor, no spinning disk platters, and no moving read / write heads, devices using solid-state memory are relatively robust, and can withstand vibration / shock / impact damage much better than traditional hard drives.

3. Portability

  • Because they have no moving parts, SSDs do not need a motor, so they weigh considerably less than HDDs. This means that devices using solid-state memory are much easier to carry than those with HDDs – coupled with improved durability, this makes them a good choice for people who are travelling around rather than office / home based.

4. Efficiency

  • With no motor, and no moving parts, SSDs require less energy to operate, and therefore your battery will last longer!