You may have heard talk of this near the geek water cooler–this SSD thing that. Solid State Hard Drives are slowly wedging their way into a market dominated by Terabyte drives for less than $50. It’s happening so slowly, the advance is almost non-existent. Not surprisingly, people aren’t tripping over themselves to buy these things. They have drastically less capacity and are ten times more expensive than the spinning drives we have all grown to love. So what’s all the hub-bub about? Solid State Hard Drives will begin replacing hard drives in laptops, then PCs. When normal users begin seeing these drives in their computers, these drives will quickly be sought over by more than your hardcore geek.
Solid State drives have many advantages over their predecessor. They boot faster because they do not need to spin up, they access data faster because they don’t have an actuator arm or read / write heads that seek data spewed across the platters, they can be dropped and still work, and they generate less heat because there are no moving parts.
Solid State Hard Drives have very low capacity and are still quite expensive. However, users could buy a small SSD and use it as the boot disk, and also have a normal spindle drive for data storage and archiving.
You can currently get a 64GB Kingston SSDNow Hard Drive for less than $150. While it’s not practical to use these for data storage, you can use it for the Operating System to improve load times, or in laptops that are subjected to abuse in the field. Whether or not these drives are the future remains to be seen. There will undoubtedly get larger and cheaper as technology and demand improves.