ssdSolid-State Drives (SSD) are probably going to be the wave of the future in computing, but it’s not quite time for them yet.

For many years, computers have stored all of their data on magnetic drives known as Hard Disk Drives (HDD).  While these do a fine job, they have numerous problems with the fact they are made of magnetic platters that spin constantly, and do not do well when jostled due to the fact all data is written and read by a fragile metal arm.

SSDs will bring us a lot of advantages in the form of faster start times, less heat generation, less noise due to no spinning parts, lighter weight and more.  On the flip side, though, they can have problems with magnetic fields, have a limited number of write sessions and slower write speeds.

Even with its detracting factors, SSDs are improving all the time, and they will increase the lifespan of laptop computers and portable devices by quite a bit.  The biggest hold back from wide adoption right now is the cost is still running around $10 per gigabyte of store as opposed to HDDs being around $.20 per gigabyte.  Magnetic storage used to cost a similar price, and SSDs will eventually come down in price, it just won’t be for a while.

While the price may keep you away for now, expect these to show up in your computers more and more over the next few years.

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