What is an SSD drive and what improvements does it bring ?
First of all SSD stands for Solid State Drive and HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive. You are probably familiar with USB memory sticks, well SSD can be thought of as an oversized and more sophisticated version of a memory stick and a HDD…well a HDD looks inside like an old pick-up. A disk(platter) that stores the data and an arm that read/writes it.
The main distinguishable features between a SSD and a HDD hard drive are :
a) An SSD drive has no moving parts.
b) SSD Drives are much faster in Read and Write data
While normal hard drives have the data stored on platters and use a mechanical arm with read/write heads to move around and read or write the data , SSD drives have the data stored in microchips thus improving the speed immensely.
CSD offers reliable storage solutions based on SSD drives that can greatly improve the speed of your system which it can be a laptop or desktop with Windows, Mac or Linux operation system.
Because of its mechanical limitations a HDD drive cannot perform a normal read/write operation as fast as an SSD drive which has no moving parts. Same like the platters on a HDD drive the data on a SSD drive is stored in a non-volatile NAND-based flash memory. What is non-volatile? It means that the data will still be there even after you shut down and start your computer again.
So what reads the data if there are no moving parts, thus no arms with read/write heads? The data is read by an embedded processor that works like a brain and which is called a controller. Its functions are to decide how to store, retrieve, cache and clean up the data. The way in which all of this is done and at what speed it can be done is what separates a high performance controller from a not so good one.
While there is no doubt about the performance that an SDD drive can bring, you also need to take into account that this type of technology is still relatively expensive. For example a good SSD with a size of about 120Gb will cost you around £70 – £120.
A good way of achieving nice speeds and keeping the costs down is to buy a dedicated SSD drive that you will use only for the operating system and programs and to have a normal HDD to store your data. This way you can have a fairly small sized SSD for your main computing needs and enough cheap storage space to store your digital life.