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What is a Solid State Drive (SSD), and why should I use it on my computer?

1 10 April 9, 2019 at 11:53 PM
I'm seeing a lot about SSD in new laptops, and I don't know anything about it. There are only a few GB worth, so are they used to just install the operating system on? What do you put on an SSD?

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I'm seeing a lot about SSD in new laptops, and I don't know anything about it. There are only a few GB worth, so are they used to just install the operating system on? What do you put on an SSD?
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OP, can you link to some of the laptops your seeing? Some machines come with small cache flash drives that act as hybrids, some come with SSD instead of hard drives. The two are different.
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Eight to ten years ago it was common to have SSDs with only a "few" GB for installing the OS. Drives were commonly 30-120GB. Nowadays anything using an SSD should be at least 256GB but even a TB is around the $100 mark. If you have a lot of games to store or lots of photos and videos you may still need a regular HDD to augment the SSD, but going "SSD only" is finally practical even for low-cost machines.

As to the difference from regular drives, well, the simplest explanation is there's no moving parts and they're a lot faster. Yeah, sustained reads and writes can be good from an old mechanical HDD, but for random, small reads and writes from many files at once an SSD is night and day better than a HDD. The OS boots way faster as a result, and the computer doesn't get bogged down when trying to load a big program or access several files at once.
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Your computer will load faster and run faster
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SSDs load faster. Means your computer starts up fast and so do your programs. Of course that's part of the story, you'd also need a nicer processor to get the full advantage. SSDs also don't have moving parts. For a laptop that means less battery drain and potential longer life span in case of drops, you won't have to worry about data getting damaged. SSDs are also thinner and smaller, which makes them great for ultrabook type laptops.

SSDs are more expensive. Some laptops have 2 harddrives, 1 regular and 1 SSD. The SSD would usually be something small like 128 GB, just enough to store Windows and a few of your essential programs. Then the bigger HDD (500 GB or 1TB) would be for your less important programs or media storage.
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Whatever you do, avoid liquid state drives. Very messy and unreliable.
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Whatever you do, avoid liquid state drives. Very messy and unreliable.
But if you work with Fluid Data, wouldn't this be optimal???
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But if you work with Fluid Data, wouldn't this be optimal???
Depends if it's Big Data or just a squirt.

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