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AmericaIsGreat Donating Member (611 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:32 PM
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8. SIze isn't actually an advantage
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 01:53 PM by AmericaIsGreat
Unless you're putting it in a desktop since standard laptop drives are all 2.5" (although there are a few 1.8" drives).

The advantage of SSD that is that the device has no moving parts, where-as traditional drives have a platter that spins with an arm that has to seek when accessing info on the drive. None of that in the SSD; it's just flash memory, so, in addition to being hell of a lot faster, they are also silent, less susceptible to damage if the laptop gets dropped/bumped, and they produce basically no heat (heat is the #1 enemy of computer parts).

Reliability actually may not have been advantage early on as some of the first SSDs suffered fatal errors (though typically early on so you could get a warranty replacement) but today they are just as reliable if not more than traditional drives.

The performance is the biggest thing, not only with respect to opening files and applications but also copying files, installing and uninstalling applications, installing operating systems and of course booting up and shutting down (an SSD can literally speed up the time between when you turn on your computer and when you're able to start using it by minutes).

I would absolutely recommend it for anyone with a desktop or laptop unless your desktop is really old (in which case it probably won't have the necessary connections for an SSD anyway).

Just to give you an idea of how much better the performance is: my previous set up had two, 10,000rpm hard drives working in what's called RAID mode (which essentially uses both drives as one to increase speed). This is considerably faster than what the average person has in their computer which is usually a 7200rpm single drive. So my setup was already a lot faster. I now have an SSD and it makes those two drives look like technology from the Bronze Age.
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