Solid State Drives

solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies

What are they and how do they work?

Updated: November 16, 2021
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Standard hard disk drive or HDD's stores data using a moving read-write magnetic head on a rotating metallic platter.

A SSD drive makes use of a non-volatile memory state to store and access data. SSD is a non-mechanical hard drive. This makes it very fast at reading and writing data with a great advantage over hard disk drives.

A SSD drive is a Solid-State Storage Device that uses integrated circuit assemblies to store data persistently. Normally using flash memory, and functioning as secondary storage in the hierarchy of computer storage.

The Benefits of Solid State Drives

Smaller Than HDD drives

An HDD is larger in size due to its magnetic head and metallic disk.

A compact form is just one advantage of a solid-state drive. SSD drives are made up of small integrated circuits. The compactness of an SSD has made it suitable for smaller laptops and electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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Energy Efficiency

SSD drives uses much less power than HDD drives. Keep in mind that an HDD has moving parts. This means that it requires additional power input to do mechanical work and become operational.

Energy efficiency is one of the reasons why solid-state drives are ideal storage mediums for computers and other mobile devices in which battery capacity and battery life are critical technical specifications. You could d also classify SSD drives as being "Green" by conserving energy.

Longer Life Than HDD

Longevity is another advantage of SSD's. Accidental drops and shudders can cause internal hardware damages and possible data loss in hard disk drives due to their mechanical components. An SSD is more resilient against these types of damage and less prone to data loss caused by external trauma due to the absence of moving parts. This makes SSD's ideal for mobile devices as well as laptops.

Quiet Operation

A hard disk drive can produce annoying sounds and vibrations while in operation due to the movement of its read-write head and rotation of its metallic disk plate. This is especially true when processing large amounts of data. On the other hand, the absence of mechanical moving parts in a solid-state drive makes it essentially quiet while in operation.

Faster Read Write Speed

And of course the most notable advantages of a Solid State Drive over a hard disk drive is speed. SSDs can be up to 20 times faster than hard disk drives.

HDD's need extra time just to start spinning before it can even read or write data. This mechanism also fragments the arrangement of data. SSD's are inherently faster due to the absence of mechanical parts and fragmentation. Resulting in faster boot times, quicker file transfer, and even better bandwidth.

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Drive Speeds and Hosting

The primary reason for choosing an SSD over an HDD in the website hosting environment is speed. And that is the case especially where Servers hosting multiple websites is concerned.

The reason for this is the high transaction volume and higher number of disk access requests generated by web hosting.

Even Google has stated that a fast website helps you rank better. Google launched the "Speed Update" making site speed a ranking factor for mobile searches.

You want to ensure that your hosting account is with a provider that uses SSD Servers. faster, better designed, and can withstand the wear and tear that is inevitable with any website traffic.

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COMMENTS

Robert W
Very informative post. Thanks


Peter N
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