An SSD device has absolutely no moving parts; whereas, an HDD contains a disk that spins as high as 15,000 RPM and a read/write head that’s moving like an epileptic phonograph needle. This is an obvious concern with respect to temperature and endurance. Speaking of endurance, solid state drives have been dropped from multistory buildings, run over by cars, used as hockey pucks and been mounted on rockets in an effort to make them fail. The fact of the matter is, they are pretty close to being indestructible storage devices. Typical SSD devices can function in extreme temperatures and humidity as well as withstand extreme G-forces.

Now we come to performance. The access speed of an SSD device, or the time it takes before the drive can actually start transfering data, is exponentially faster than an HDD device. When an HDD device receives a request for data, its read/write head must hover over the rapidly spinning magnetic disk containing the data. Once the read/write head locates the data, it must pick it up from the disk and several passes must be made, significantly effecting the performance. An SSD on the other hand, works similarly to data being transfered over telephone lines. Actually, because a typical SSD device operates on eight channels (paths to the controller), it’s actaully more similar to someone participating in eight telephone conversations over eight different telephone lines at the same time… talk about multi-tasking!

Finally, and my favorite attribute of SSD devices is with respect to data preservation. When an HDD device reaches its “end of life” and crashes, the data under the read/write head at the time of the crash is wiped out… not even the FBI can recover it. When an SSD device reaches its “end of life”, it does not have a read/write head to crash; rather, it simply prevents further writing to the SSD volume while the information already saved remains fully accessible.

In Conclusion

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