The Pros & Cons of SSD Drives

SssddriveexposedSDs or solid state drives have become viable alternatives to conventional, hard disk drives (HDDs). While the term SSD may seem new to many computer users, the technology has been around for quite awhile. If you own a smart phone, tablet, or a flash drive, you already have a device with SSD storage. This technology is finally making its way to desktop and laptop computers as well. To determine whether a computer with an SSD right for you, consider the pros and cons:

SSD Pros

  • Extremely fast access time – dramatically speeds up computer start up, re-boots, application response time, and gaming performance.
  • Reliable – solid state means everything is electronic with no moving parts. Conventional HDDs have lots of delicate, mechanical parts; while the manufacturing process has improved, it still yields a small percentage of defective drives that end up in brand new computers.
  • Quiet – The absence of moving parts means are SSDs are silent.
  • Small footprint – SSDs are tiny which means a giant “mini” tower chassis is not needed. Intel’s new NUC computers are just 4″ x 4″ and can mount right on the back side of most late-model displays.

SSD Cons

  • Costly – compared to hard disk drives, SSDs are more expensive. A 128 GB SSD runs just over $100. That same $100 will buy a 2 TB (2000 GB) HDD and still put some change back in your pocket.
  • Not yet suited for mass storage – due to the high cost of storage, a computer with an SSD is probably not a good choice for storing lots of music, photos, video, etc.

If you store lots of digital music and photos on your desktop or laptop computer, an HDD is still going to give you the best bang our buck. However, cloud storage, and audio/video streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Netflix are rapidly diminishing the need to store large files on our computers. Also, it’s important to note that the cost of SSD storage has dropped significantly in recent years. That 4 GB flash drive you purchased at the store for $7 last week was three to four times that price just a few years ago.

On November 5th, 2013, posted in: Helpful tips, Industry News by