What is a Solid State Drive

Solid State Disk - SSD
Solid State Storage Device

The Benefits of Solid State Drives

The Next Generation of Website Storage

Updated: August1, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Solid State Drive

Solid State Drive - SSD

Solid State Drives are not technically “hard drives,” though both SSDs and HDDs serve the same purpose of storing data on your computer. SSDs rely on flash memory, making them faster, more durable, and last longer than HDDs. 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. This is 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.

Most 3.5-inch HDD drives can weigh in at 1.6 pounds, while a 2.5-inch SATA drive can weigh about 0.2 pounds and as little as 0.02 pounds. This is something to consider, especially if you are looking at the portability of laptops vs personal computers.

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Energy Efficiency

SSD drives use a lot 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 With SSD

Longevity is another advantage of SSDs. 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 SSDs 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. SSDs are inherently faster due to the absence of mechanical parts and fragmentation. Resulting in faster boot times, quicker file transfer, and even better bandwidth.


History of Solid State Drives

Solid state drives work completely differently than the slower HHD drives. They use integrated circuits and a memory chip called NAND flash memory. This type of memory has no moving parts and instant access times.
Experiments with SSD technology started back in the 50's, and by the 70's and 80's Solid state drives were being used in supercomputers. But the technology was very expensive. Storage capacity was limited to 2-20 MBs. Solid state drives were used occasionally in military and aerospace applications. It wasn’t until the 90's that SSDs made their way into consumer products.
In the 90's production practices caused Solid state drives prices to drop. But the size of the drives were still an issue. SSD's also had a lifespan of only about 10 years. In the end of 2000 the technology became more reliable and able to provide years of continuous usage. Solid state drives can access memory within nanoseconds. With these drives you do not have to wait for a read/write head to find the information it needs.

Solid State Drives and Businesses

SSD is the best choice for businesses and enterprises that manage and store data. With its high speeds, high performance, and reliability in filing transfer and access times it is the smart choice.
Although HDD drives are common among businesses due to its pricing and large storage capacities. More professionals today have shifted towards Solid State Drives for their speed. Which in turn can deliver more projects in shorter time frames than HDDs. Solid State Drives can speed up existing computers and Servers for a fraction of the cost of a completely new system. Solid state drives are over 15x faster than conventional hard drives.

Drive Speeds and Web 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.

Personal as well as business websites, especially database-intensive WordPress sites, can incorporate rich information and interactive features.
The rapid read/write performance of an SSD can assist in reducing latency and swiftly executing requests, allowing your Website to load more quickly.

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 design, and can better withstand the wear and tear that is inevitable with any computer part.

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