- Dramatically increased data access
- No moving parts means superior resilience
- Silent operation
- Consume less power
- Lower heat generation
What is an SSD?
A solid-state drive (SSD) stores data just like a hard disk, but it has no moving parts. It works similarly to a memory card in a digital camera or a USB key, but is designed to work as a standalone hard drive.
What are the benefits of SSDs?
SSDs are faster. Since hard disks must spin at a certain RPM to work, a lag occurs while the disk takes time to reach this speed. Hard disks also feature a "head", a structure that reads and writes data, that must physically move to the precise location on the disk where the requested data is stored. SSDs do not work this way, and therefore deliver much faster data access.
SSDs are resilient, since they feature no moving parts. While bumps, falls, and temperature extremes can easily cause hard disks to fail and lose data, SSDs are much more durable.
SSDs run cooler and consume less power. They therefore work in silence because they do not require noisy fans and are optimized for mobile devices.