Solid-State Drives

SSD & HDD

Before mentioning the advantages and disadvantages of each, here's and introduction to ho these types of storage work:

Hard Disk Drives (HDDs): HDDs have been the prominent means for data storage for decades. They consist of spinning platters and a mechanical arm with read and write heads that manipulate the magnetic coating on the platters to store data. The surface area of the platters are comprised of segments and tracks that are specific to where portions of data are located.

Solid-State Drive (SSDs): SSDs have existed for some time but have only in recent years been applied to consumer products. Instead of spinning disks, and without any moving parts they store information in flash memory cells within an integrated circuit(s). The media controller software is optimized for locating and retrieving data with little to no latency.

SSD Advantages

SSDs allow for speedy reads and performance. Because of the absence of moving parts, they are quite durable and movement during operations causes no interference. Devices are able to have greater data capacity over less physical space.

Capacity

Seagate's 60TB SSD is the largest to date!

Form Factors

Range includes compatability with 3.5" HDD interface for redundnant flash arrays to consumer external storage.

Applications

From PCs of all sorts, to enterprise scalable use, and imminently everwhere in between!

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