While more than just a catchy phrase, solid can also mean less headache in failure and computer repair for your equipment. As in, solid state hard drives. Their advantage is longevity, speed, and energy use put them far ahead of standard hard drives. And, their smaller size makes them a better choice for laptops.
So, what exactly is a solid-state hard drive? And how can it help one to save on costly and time-consuming computer repair? Simply put, a solid-state hard drive uses integrated circuits to store data instead of a spinning disk. The spinning disk of a non-solid state acts a lot like the vinyl records of old. It’s old school and proven technology, put that constant spinning to write and retrieve data also results in wear in tear. This leads to a shorter life span for the hard drive, which can lead to sudden failure and loss of data. Data recovery and restoration can be a long process making computer repair a drawn-out affair.
SO, WHAT’S THE DEAL?
First off, a solid state, with no moving parts, simply lasts longer. With no moving parts, then chances of even minor damage and data loss is minimized. While a regular hard drive can last 5-6 years, a solid state can give 10 plus. And since it’s electrical circuits instead of an arm with a reader scanning for data, retrieval is lighting quick with a solid-state hard drive. Electrical pulses for writing and retrieving go off like bolts of lightning, thus using less energy and less heat is generated. Also, if you’re familiar with how data is first stored then updated, corruption is always a concern. Not so with a solid state, as again… no moving parts. This alone reduces a very common need to take the device in for computer repair.
SMALLER IS BETTER
Another aspect of solid-state drives is their size. The dimensions of a regular drive are no secret. But a solid state is often as big as a USB drive, with terabyte storage capacity. This keeps a desktop from getting crowded, and even better for laptops where everything has to be miniature. AND… no moving parts once again means moving or bumping your laptop with a solid-state drive won’t mean a trip for costly computer repair!
BUT THE COST…
Okay, here’s one place solid state drives do lose out to regular drives. The cost per GB or TB is higher with a solid state. But as with all thing’s technology related, great strides have been made in bridging this gap. Unless you have TB upon TB worth of files to store or transfer, the cost difference isn’t necessarily prohibitive. Especially when you factor in potential savings for computer repair. But if you run a business, use a laptop on the go, or have files that you can’t easily replace or replace at all, solid state is, well SOLID!