Solid State Drives – What Are They?

Basically, Solid State Drives aren’t new but they made a huge splash in 2007 at the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas.  They were heralded as the solution to many problems facing those of us who love portable computing. Solid State devices have been in use for commercial and military application a lot longer but the sheer enormous cost of this technology has kept it far out of the reach of  all but the wealthiest of personal computer owners.

Basically these devices are types of hard drives which do not rely on magnetic media for their memory storage.  Instead, they use semiconductors much like flash memory drives already do.  In fact, both of these storage devices use similar non-volatile memory chips.  However, the main difference between the two is that the solid state drive is not used as an external memory storage system like flash drives.  They are built to be installed internally in place of a traditional hard drive. Read more »

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