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What is an SSD?

A solid state drive (SSD) is a recently developed type of hard drive that has no moving parts, unlike a typical hard disk drive (HDD). This means that SSDs have slimprofiles and require less energy to operate, so they save space and battery life in laptops and other portable devices. This design also makes them highly durable. A laptop with a hard disk drive (HDD), which has moving parts, could be damaged or lose data after being jostled or dropped. An SSD has no spinning disk that could beaccidentally damaged. SSDs tend to load data faster than HDDs, resulting in your PC booting and accessing programs and files more quickly. The primary disadvantage of an SSD is that they tend to be more expensive. Computers and external drives that use SSD will cost more than an HDD of the same capacity.

Benefits of SSD storage

  • No spinning parts that can become damaged or fail with repeated use
  • Needs less power to operate and gives off less heat while running
  • No noise or vibration is produced as the hard drive runs