Solid States Drives are a Solid Choice

Hey there everybody hope all is well and welcome back to another post on my computers and home electronics blog. I recently found a cheap 120GB Solid State Drive used online that was barely used and since then I have installed my operating system as well as 5 games onto it, and I will be adding more as I find more to add. This has made my boot time remarkably faster and all the games installed run so much more smoothly than they did in the past. The graphics are still not the best as I need to upgrade my graphics card but that will hopefully happen next month. For now I want to just focus on my Solid State Drive, which is really a piece of technological genius.

 
 

Kingston 120GB Solid State Drive

What Is a Solid State Drive

A Solid State Drive is just that, a hard drive that is in a constant solid state. This means that unlike a conventional hard drive that has a disk spinning at very high speeds being written on, it is instead a chipset like you would see on a stick of RAM or on the inside of a USB. A Solid State Drive makes use of what is called Flash Memory, a sort of blurred lines intermediate between RAM and storage. On the outside, this drive will look the same as a Hard Disk Drive(HDD) but the insides are completely different. Instead of an arm writing onto the disk, Solid State Drives have rows upon rows of tiny transistors. These transistors hold one of two values; 1 for conducting current, 0 for not conducting current. When operations are performed, control gates are turned of and some transistors forcible turn to 0, making a code for an operation.

 

Solid State Drive vs. Hard Disk Drive

What are the Advantage?

There are so so many advantages to running a Solid State hard drive in your system, be it for work, leisure, or play. Most hard drive companies know that their Hard Disk Drives are not going to last forever and they hate that. In fact, companies use what is knows as the MTBF scale to show how often a drive should fail in operating hour. The average is once every 57 years, which sounds good but is misleading. These scores are usually generated with a small sample size and favourable conditions. With a Solid State  Drive however, you have much less to worry about. Most Solid State drives are rated at 5 times that of a normal Hard Disk Drive, so even if their is some favorability it's easy to see who is better still. Add on the fragility of a normal Hard Disk Drive because of its moving parts, I have seen multiple disks shattered from a hard drop. With a Solid State Drive however you don’t have to worry because there is nothing to move around and no room for anything to move. Plus the performance is astounding, my boot up time for Windows 7 Professional went from 40 seconds to 22 seconds, and Excel opens a file a whole 10 seconds faster. It even makes using the Magic Mouse( an accesory I talked about earlier, you can read it here if you haven’t already http://www.gezi.in/magic-mouse).

 

Who Makes The Best

Right now, the best Solid State Hard Drives are made from Kingston, one of the biggest storage device manufacturer of the world. In the past couple years they have expanded their lineup immensely, and now cater to individual needs instead of offering just a single type of Solid State Drive. They currently have Consumer, Business and Enterprise edition Solid State Drives available, with more to come I am sure. Kingston has even released a Solid State Drive card, capable of storing up to 980 gigabytes of storage that you plug directly into your motherboard. This card/drive is able to write at speeds of 1.4 gigabytes a second, making it the fastest writing drive I have ever heard of. I could move an entire T.V. series onto this drive in under 8 seconds, which is completely crazy. This makes the drive I bought look like a chump piece of hardware, but seeing as this Solid State Hard Drive(card?) costs over $500 I think I can handle it.

 

Kingston Predator Solid State Drive

Drawbacks

It may seem like a non-question if you should switch out your old Hard Disk Drive for a new Solid State Drive but there are some things to consider. You can’t write on a Solid State Drive as many times as the circuits get worn out faster. Then there's the cost. A Solid State Drive usually costs around $1.17 per gigabyte whereas a regular Hard Disk Drive can cost as little as $0.26 a gigabyte. That is why most drives sold are so small, as the cost for bigger drives in crazy. All in all though if you can afford the expense to get a small drive if only for your operating system and some other apps, it can make all the difference. I hope this has helped you guys, have a great week.