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Solid State Disks (SSDs)

04/07/10

Solid State Disks (SSDs)

Permalink 12:07:13 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles

I have just upgraded my own main PC by cloning the system volume from a 10,000rpm velociraptor to a SSD with no moving parts. The benefits are that

  • with no moving parts the mean time before failure rises dramatically - meaning that it's lifetime is much longer;
  • it produces far less heat than conventional disks which means less cooling is required which means less noise;
  • because less cooling is required and due to its own construction the power consumption is reduced;
  • it transfers data at about three times the speed of a regular disk.

How much faster the computer appears depends on which programs are run and how, but it is certainly noticeably faster. The difference would be even more noticeable had I been running the usual 7,200rpm disk rather than the velociraptor.

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