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Micron Introduces First 2.5-inch PCIe Enterprise SSD
3, Micron Technology on March 6 launched what it called the first 2.5-inch enterprise solid-state drive based on a PCIe interface. The new, as-yet-unnamed drive combines a high-performance PCIe interface in a hot-swappable 2.5-inch card that gives data ...

Elgato offers Thunderbolt SSD
by Roman Loyola, Macworld.com Elgato on Tuesday announced its entry into the storage market with its new Thunderbolt SSD, a solid-state drive designed for use with Macs equipped with a high-speed Thunderbolt connector. According to the company's ...

Samsung SSD Provides a Speedy Upgrade - for a Price
The Samsung 470 Series Solid State Drive is this company's first entry into the consumer SSD market. As a producer of many of the components used in other SSDs, as well as providing OEM SSD solutions for various computer manufacturers, ...

OCZ showcases Vertex 4 solid state drive at CeBIT
By Shawn Knight OCZ Technology has unveiled the successor to their popular Vertex 3 solid state drive at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Officially known as the Vertex 4, the fourth generation SSD utilizes an Everest 2 controller and synchronous MLC flash ...

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Discussions

Can the hp mini 1000 with 16gb solid state drive (ssd) run microsoft office? by Adam R Q: Can the hp mini 1000 with 16gb solid state drive (ssd) run microsoft office? Or at least word and outlook or outlook express?

A: yes, it is able to. However, depending on RAM, it might get slow as you accumulate more applications. specs for office is: 1 ghz or faster processor for outlook, 500 mghz for the rest. You need 3 GB of hd space. You also need a dvd drive to install it. Also, it is recommended to have 512 mb of ram for outlook.

Buying a small solid state drive to store os? by TheManWitPlan Q: I believe I heard some people were buying small solid state drives and storing their operating systems on them and thats it(While using bigger regular hard drives for everything else.. Can anyone fill me in on this and if its a good idea and the pros and cons?

A: SSD's the advantages: it's pretty much faster than conventional hard drives and they haven't moving parts. the most hard drive accesses take place between the hard drive with the OS and the CPU/ram. this is the reason why an SSD is mostly used for the operating system. the disadvantage: it's expensive. a 64GB SSD cost more than a 1TB conv. HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139132&cm_re=ssd_64gb-_-20-139-132-_-Product

Can you recommend a good solid state drive? by bengonz91 Q: I'm looking into buying a solid state drive for my macbook. I care more about speed than space because I'm also going to have a normal HDD for storage, I just want something that will speed up my boot up time and application start-up time. Also, I heard some of them can die soon after buying them so I'd like one that will last me. It'd be great if I could get this for under $200.

A: I just bought a OCZ Vertex 2 Series - 180gb SSD for $169 onsale and i checked it out and had about 75 reviews with 4-5stars on all of them. Most of the i have seen go OCZ has a 60gb right now for $95 check http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=5298&sel=Price%3BPrice4 100-199 range in price

what kind of solid state drive for macbook? by Q: i have a white macbook 1.83 ghz from 2007-2008 2 gb ram max....anyone have any idea what kind of solid state drive to get for it?

A: Intel is a good one. Fast and solid) might be helpful http://www.ssd-for-mac.com/

wich should i get a traditional hard drive or a solid state drive? by Turock Q: ive been wanting to get an apple macbook and it gave me the option to get a basic 250GB or 248 solid state drive. what is the difference between the two is the solid state drive better

A: I would say that it would depend on your preference, really: A basic 250GB drive usually has very acceptable load times, and if the unit isn't abused, can last for many years before it fails, reading and writing an infinite number of times before it truly wears out. A solid state drive has load times which vary from maker to maker, and is usually much higher in price than a comparable, or larger, traditional hard drive. Also, no matter how old they are, solid state drives have a finite (limited) amount of writing which can be done before they start failing - this is documented and known. Plus, if voltage surges through the laptop (for whatever reason), it could fry the entire drive, as it is composed of microchips, not platters of magnetic material which can be more readily recovered with current techniques. From a technology perspective, knowing the way they both will fail, and they will eventually fail, I would suggest the traditional drive for now, and getting a Solid State Drive (SSD) once they become a tried-and-true standard - if the traditional hard drive's speed doesn't work for your needs.

Can I have a small Solid State Hard Drive and also the 640 GB HDD in my TOSHIBA Satellite M645-S4080? by Q: I currently have the 640 GB HDD in my TOSHIBA Satellite M645-S4080. I was looking into installing a Solid State Drive (probably 32 GB) just to speed things up. Can I have both or is there only room for one being a laptop?

A: Only one

What is the need of a Solid State Drive? by Q: What is the need of a Solid State Drive? Because how do they compare to Hard Disk Drives and if they are better how so? Dont they usually come with only about 250Gigabytes worth of memory when you could get that cost of an SSD that big for a HDD with 2TBs???????????

A: They are faster, MUCH faster than regular HDs. They are also solid-state, no moving parts, so they don't "crash".

Anyone know of some credible sources for solid-state drive technology? by dizzylizd Q: I'm looking for some citable sources with information on solid-state drives, especially history. If anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd much appreciate it.

A: Here are a few items. For most of the best material, you need access to IEEE publications. Jahns, T.M., & Owen, E.L. (2001). AC Adjustable Speed Drives At The Millennium: How Did We Get Here? IEEE Transactions On Power Electronics, 16(1), 17-25. http://minds.wisconsin.edu/handle/1793/11120 Control Engineering, 11/1/2007 AC Drive Survey http://www.controleng.com/article/CA6498622.html Frank J. Bartos; AC Drives Stay Vital for the 21st Century; Control Engineering, 9/1/2004 http://www.controleng.com/article/CA450388.html Frank J. Bartos, Medium-Voltage AC Drives Shed Custom Image; Control Engineering, 2/1/2000 http://www.controleng.com/article/CA191379.html Owen, E.L., “SCR Is 50 Years Old” "History," Industry Applications Magazine, IEEE , vol.13, no.6, pp.6-10, Nov.-Dec. 2007 http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/iel5/2943/4383349/04383399.pdf?isnumber=4383349&arnumber=4383399 NEMA Application Guide for AC Adjustable Speed Drive Systems http://www.nema.org/stds/acadjustable.cfm (free download) Edit 1 If you want additional information, please advise what kind of solid state drives you are interested in.

Is the Xbox 360 Hard Drive a solid state drive? by teenage_dirtbag Q: Just wondering for efficiency purposes. I don't have money for a new desktop or notebook and was thinking of putting Ubuntu linux on the hard drive and was wondering if it's a solid state drive.

A: yes, i believe it is

Is a solid state drive as fast as a usb flash drive? by John Q: Will the information be accessed just as fast on a usb flash drive, than on a solid state drive? Basically, do I NEED to get a solid state drive if I already have a large usb flash drive I can use through USB 3.0?

A: Although they are similar technology, SSD is much faster because it uses a SATA interface. Solid state drives are not supposed to be used as file swapping drives, like you would use a thumb drive for. They have a limited (but very high) maximum number of writes they can perform. They're generally used as a small boot partition for Windows. Large applications and media are stored on another drive and the SSD just serves to speed up the operating system. A USB 3.0 thumb drive will serve you well for simple data transfers. There's no need to worry about an SSD unless you're building a gaming rig.

Is seagate freeagent goflex a solid state hard drive ? by Q: i bought one & was wondering if it is so?i have heard that solid state drives are not good?

A: no it is not. ssd's (solid state drives) are really very expensive ( good 64 GB starting from $100 ) so you can determine if it is an ssd or not :P JK its not an ssd ssd's are fit into pci x4 slots in cpu and not kept outside

What is more important for the speed of a computer, a Solid-State Drive or RAM? by Q: Hi, well I'm buying a mac book pro, and I don't know what to spend the 600 dollars on, a solid-state drive or extra 4gb or ram. The size of the Hard Drive doesn't matter, so yea... Um, i'll probably play games on it and edit video's and work a little on word and stuff like that, so pretty much a rounded use computer, please? and suggestions?

A: as long as you have around 4 gigs ram on it already, get the SSD (hard-drive tend sto be the bottleneck for most laptops)

Need help on my extended definition sentence for Solid State Drive? by Q: I am writing a extended definition on solid state drives and this is the sentence I came up with: A Solid State Drive (SSD) is a data storage device "that uses flash memory for storage and doesn’t use mechanical parts". The thing I have in quotations is what I need help on. it is the Distinguishing Characteristics. Is there anything better to put there or a way to reword that?? Please help!!! Thanks For reading my post.

A: You could add: "as in conventional drives that use spinning disks and mechanical heads to read and write data, therefore making SSDs faster, smaller and immune to mechanical failure"

Installing a Solid State Drive on an Asus? by garrett3650 Q: I have an Asus G73SW gaming laptop and I it has 2 HDD's in it. I wanted to know if I switched 1 of the HDD'S to an SSD, would it make my computer boot faster and download things faster, as well as load things a lot faster. I wanted to get an: Intel 320 series 160gb internal series ATA Solid State Drive. How good would that make things run faster?

whats the difference in a solid state drive and a hard drive? by Q: Im making a gaming pc and it ask me to pic from a solid state or a hard drive for my primary hard drive

A: Sold State hard drives are significantly faster in speed, although lack the overall GB storage. The most efficient way (And cheapest) is to get a 80GB+ Solid State for the operating system and any games you play a lot (WoW, other games where loading times are signifcant) and keep them on there. Then keep everything else on a 1TB drive. (Downloads, music, programs that loading times won't matter) The main difference is read/write speed. For more information, please see the following yahoo answers page. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080313080326AA16xJG Overall, With an SSD (Solid State Drive) you will see a VERY noticeable performance increase, but you pay through the nose for it. SSD is the wave of the future, and one of the best ways to increase speed as to where normal users will notice it.

Solid state hard drive is slower than I expected? by Q: I installed a new solid state hard drive in the optical bay and installed Windows 7. I also changed the boot so the optical drive goes first. It's fast, but not as fast as I was expecting. Is there a way to confirm if it is running off of the solid state drive? Should I swap their positions?

A: Have you checked the preferences of your ssd? There are huge difference between the ssds concerning writing and reading speed. Ofc you could also just disconnect all the other drives just to make sure it's running from the ssd.

Using an external hard drive with a solid state? by Q: Ok so I have a dell inspiron mini with a solid state drive and I have literally no memory left to use. It always says that my OS drive is full. So if i go get an external hard drive will that double as an os drive and take away the problems it has been having?

A: you cannot simply copy all components to an external device,if movies all there or songsl ike that or setups of different files,you can connect an external solid state and copy from your laptop

how do i make my solid state drive the windows boot drive and a hard disk the storage one? by Q: i have windows on a 64 gig solid state drive to boot quicker, how do i make that drive dedicate itself just to that and use another drive for everything else?

A: If you look on the drives themselves they will usually have labels on them that have little diagrams and talk about slave and master, or some similar wording. You will want to set the SSD to master and the HDD to slave using the little plastic bit called a jumper and the diagrams. Connect them in and they should boot in order. If they do not, go into BIOS settings (you may have to look online to find out how to get there based on your computer model) and go into the boot order menu. Change which looks like the SDD (usually has the model name or number) to the first priority and the HDD to second. Restart and have fun.

Is the new xbox 360 S hard drive solid state? by Q: Thinking about buying a new Xbox 360, but I want to know if the new Xbox has a solid state drive now.

A: The 4 GB is not a hard drive at all, but a built-in flash drive. The 250 GB is a spinning hard drive.

Solid state hard drive vs mechanical hard drive lifespan? by piratesmack Q: I'm a little confused I've heard that you shouldn't use a journalized filesystem on a solid state drive because they wear out faster, but I've also heard that they can last up to 100 years. Which one is true?

A: Solid State Drives are similar to your USB Dongles. They survive going into the washine machine! (after they are dry) (I have one from back in the early 90's, 128mb flash drive) Mechanical Drives are actually more likely to stuff up, They are rotating at huge RPM, one bump could unalign one thing inside which will stuff it! Also more tricky to rebuild as parts must align to fractions of a millimetre. While Most Mechanical drives now come with three year warrenty, i'm sure a SSD drive would out last a mechanical one. SSD are very expensive that is the only draw back!

Is a solid state drive worth the extra cash? by Jim Q: Im looking to buy an apple notebook. The solid state drives are significanly more expensive than the other type. What are the benefits and is this upgrade worth the extra cash?

A: It depends, frankly. If you have a laptop the SSD may or may not be a good option for you. For one, they are expensive, and you will get very little storage space. However, you will find your computer boots almost instantly, and (if you're clumsy like me) you will find SSD's to be relatively indestructible. Additionally, your battery life will be significantly extended since there are no moving parts. That said, don't buy a mac. Overpriced and underpowered, most students I see are unhappy after a few months with them. Mostly because they are very poorly supported by customer service, and really have to fight to get anything done.

If i buy a solid state drive and install my OS onto it does it increase the speed of running it? by Kilik410 Q: If i buy a solid state drive and install my OS (Win. XP Pro w/ sp 3) on it and use another drive for storage will my speed increase in using it.. or will it be a waste of money?

A: Generally, yes. Solid State Drives are very fast compared to platter discs. If you are willing to spend the money, then go ahead!

Do I need a larger hard drive or can i just get a solid state? by Q: Getting a new Dell Mini 10v, and I've got a few questions: The Dell website says "$350 after instant savings" for the mini10v with larger hard drive; is that only for a limited time? If so, do I really need a larger hard drive? can i just get a solid state drive? please help!

A: Please note that a solid state hard drive is just a drive that uses less memory and less battery to run. It's still very new and expensive. Unless you really need it, I would just stick with a regular one.

How does a solid state hard drive (SDD) work in terms of memory? by Q: i'm looking at replacing my current computer hard drive with a new solid state drive. my HD is 500gb and i've noticed that most solid state drives are like 240gb? do solid states hold more stuff than hard drives with less space or sumthn?

A: A 240GB SSD will hold 240 GB data and a 500GB conventional HD will hold 500Gb data :) solid state hard drives uses solid state memory (same as ur RAM) and is much faster than the conventional disks which uses magnetic disks to store data. The advantage of SSD is that they are faster and more reliable. But I guess SSD's cost more.

Can I use a solid state drive with Windows xp? by Q: My laptop hard drive died recently due to I am guessing due to vibration I know you can use solid state drives with Windows 7 which I do have on my desktop and love it and my laptop doesn't have the guts to run it with the graphics card I have. But will XP support it? Also can you tell me where I can get a decent sized one and one at a reasonable price? Thank You!

A: Yes you can. I would however go to the manufacturer to receive the "Official Profesional Response"

Please answer! Which is more important for performance and durability on a laptop, a solid state drive or a i5? by Q: I can't afford both so I want to know which would be more worth it. If I got a solid state hard drive I would have to use an i3 or core 2 duo processor. If I got an i5 processor I would be stuck with a regular hard drive.

A: Do you intend to drop your laptop often? I mean, do you intend to subject the hard drive to extreme physical stress often? Then get the SSD. I know that's not the only determining factor, but bear with me. The performance gains of an SSD are limited at best. Sure, it allows you to read the data off the drive quickly, but you are limited to the read/write cycles over the life of an SSD drive. So, if you intend to write then delete then write and then delete to/from your drive a lot, an SSD is not the way to go. Yes, any OS will be writing and deleting from a drive... but there is a difference between loading a lot of pictures and videos to a drive, editing them, moving them and copying them, and then repeating the cycle all over again.... and installing a pile of games where the majority of writing is done when you save. Also, what you intend to use the computer for really determines what processor you need. It's not going to matter if you have an SSD drive, if your processor is too slow or not powerful enough to handle the tasks you demand from it. So, I'd have to say, in general, go with a more powerful Core i5 processor. But that is a conditional recommendation, as I don't know what you are going to use the computer for. end of line

How long does the Solid State Drive (the hard drive) in eee pc last? by Q: Like the title says, How long does the eee pc hard drive last? It is a solid state memory (flash) so it should theoretically have fewer read write cycles. Is it replaceable? As well, is it possible to use sd card if it fails? I noticed there is a cover on the bottom that looks like it could be opened. What is that for? Thanks!

A: It could last forever. Unlike a HD it has no moving parts. I use a 4G flash drive with mine and hardly ever save to the Eee HD.

Would buying a solid state drive make my computer run faster? by Q: Your Question Would buying a solid state drive make my computer run faster? I currently own 2.8ghz quad core intel pc with 6gb ram and a 250gb HDD win 7 64bit. If I were to buy a solid state drive would it make my computer run faster? Will use 250gb hdd for storing files and have ssl for OS

A: An SSD can drastically increase the speed of certain operations on your computer. Boot time, program load times, and compile times (if you write software) I've noticed have increased incredibly since buying an SSD. They have unbelievable seek times, and usually decent or high throughput. This means for operations that involve accessing lots of smallish files, the SSD will be an absolute monster. For smaller numbers of larger files, the difference will be less noticeable (obviously depending on how the SSD compares to the other drive you have). Game loading times, for example, don't go much faster on my SSD than on my raid1 of 7200 RPM sata drives - since there are generally fewer seeks.

Can I install a Solid State Drive into my computer? by Matt L Q: I have a Hp Pavilion P6527c that I would like to upgrade. I was wondering if I can change out the hard drive for an solid state drive to make the computer faster. If yes, can you recommend me one? O yeah forgot to add that I already upgraded the graphics card to a msi gtx 560ti and will son upgrade the ram. If you guys can recommend me good ram, please let me know.

A: for *general usages*, you will see more speed improvement from an SSD than anything else, more than ram, cpu, graphics whatsoever. there's no need to change out the hard drive, keep it as a storage drive and install OS and some frequently used software like your internet browser, word software, etc on the SSD. here are two recommendations: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

What makes a solid state drive so expensive? by Hi W Q: I am talking about the hard drive known as solid state drive. Why is it better and so much more expensive than a Serial ATA drive, even when the serial ata drive has much more gb. is a 500gb SATA better than a 256 solid state drive?

A: SSDs are higher quality stuff than hard drives. They can access data faster than HDDs, last longer and can take more damage than a HDD without breaking. If you drop a laptop with a SSD in there, it will probably be fine, but if you drop a laptop with a HDD in there, the write heads can break and all your data will probably be gone. It's a more sophisticated technology that is relatively newer than a regular hard drive. That said, I would rather go for the 500GB hard drive than the 256 GB solid state drive, especially if you have a lot of stuff like photos, movies or music. It's a better deal money-wise. But if you don't have a lot of stuff like that, then the SSD would be great.

what is the difference between hard drive that is solid state drive and regular hard drive? by jinpark79 Q: seems like regular laptops have something between 160 to 320 hard drive... but these mini laptops or netbooks have a hard drive that is 4 to 16 solid state drive... does anyone know what that means?

A: Regular hard drives are electro-mechanical devices. Data is stored using a moving read-write head that puts small magnetic charges on a spinning disk. Solid state drives on the other had are completely electronic, they have no moving parts. They use some from of memory that holds it's data when the power is turned off, usually Flash memory. Solid state drives are much more durable then normal drives which makes them great for laptops. They can also access data faster. The downside right now is that they are more expensive then normal drives.

What is the difference between a solid state drive and a SATA-II HDD? by Q: Also what does raid 0 mean? And which of these is better 1.2TB Raid 0 (2x 640GB 7,200RPM) or 256GB SSD - Samsung Solid State Drive

A: SSD: Small capacity, expensive, very fast. Ideal for installing your operating system and startup/frequently used, small programs. Not needed if you're building to a budget. HDD: Conventional harddrive, large capacity, cheap, not fast. Ideal for storage of music, videos, photos and large programs/games, recommended for normal users. Raid 0: Increases speed when using conventional HDD's by taking the data to be written to the HDD, and essentially splitting it down the middle, writing half of the data to one HDD, and the other half to the other. Speed boost comes at a cost, if one HDD fails, all data on both drives will be unrecoverable.

What is the best file system for a solid-state drive? by David E Q: My friend got a little netbook, with an 8GB solid-state drive. It came with a FAT32 filesystem. We formatted and re-installed Windows, and we were only able to choose to format it to NTFS. My question is... which file system would operate faster on such a drive?

A: You don't have many choices with windows, it is going to be fat32 or ntfs. Solid state drives wear down over time. You can read from the drives with out wearing them down, but writing to the device wears them out. The journaling that NTFS does might in theory wear out the drive faster than fat32 as more writing is involved. But then again, windows "cuddles" with NTFS better than fat32, espeicaily with it comes to permision issues. If you ran linux, the unionfs might be good. If under linux you could add another drive and put your static directories there, /bin, /sbin/, /lib, /sbin and such. The drive would get very little wear.

How effective is a Solid State Drive when connected via SATA II? by AlexTheonlyzz Q: I need a new hard drive, and I was thinking about purchasing a solid state drive, but I'm not sure if the speeds will be that much of a difference from a mechanical hard drive, as I have SATA II and not SATA III. Should I just buy a high performance mechanical hard disk (Like a Raptor or Western Digital Black) or purchase a new solid state drive?

Is it worth it to upgrade from Serial ATA to Solid State Drive? by Q: 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm <--- "this is what i get without an upgrade" upgrades: 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm [Add $50.00] 128GB Solid State Drive [Add $100.00] 256GB Solid State Drive [Add $500.00] 512GB Solid State Drive [Add $1,100.00] Im planning to buy a macbook pro. and please dont tell me to buy windows instead.

A: No. I might opt for the higher speed hard drive for an additional $50, but for everyday use the smaller solid state drives aren't going to bring you any great advantage. It's not worth the extra money they are asking. ____________________________________ "Solid State drives are extremely fast." But unless you are doing intense gaming or video editing you aren't going to notice that much a difference.If you buy one from New Egg you will have to install the Apple operating system on that drive. This will be a time investment, especially if you've never done it before.

What could I use a 64gb Solid State Drive For? by Q: I have recently acquired a 64gb slc SSD. I Have had it in my laptop for about a month and found it completley useless, I'm tired of carrying around an external HDD around. I do have a tower computer too. What are the best , most practical uses for a 64gb Solid State Drive?

A: It actually loads WAY quicker that any other HD. I wish people wouldn't talk about things that they don't know about. I like the first comment though. Use it for your primary partition and load your OS on it. Be aware though, that there is a Write limit to solid states right now, so depending how much you use your pc, it's not going to last for ever.

Should I hold out for solid state drive prices to go down? by poochiepiano Q: So I'm looking to buy a netbook in the near future, but then I look around and I see that solid state drives are supposed to be faster and more efficient, but they're currently super-expensive. Should I just get a netbook with a hard drive now, or wait for SSDs to get cheaper? Also, when will SSD drives start to get cheaper?

A: buy it now, need high speed ? get one with a 7200 RPM. SSD's are not as fast as most ppl think. most are just crappy cheap RAM sticks in a box.the good ones are a fortune, and wont go down soon, In a netbook, your bottle neck is NOT the hdd, youe enemy is HEAT. and SSD are not cool. drop it once and your out of $600 on a 128 GB.

What do I need to add a Solid State drive to my hp dv7-4071nr notebook computer? by oatmens Q: I have a hp model dv7-4071nr notebook computer and I'd like to add a second internal hard drive in the form of a solid state drive, does my model computer require that I buy any extra cables or hard drive caddys?

A: Since it is a 17 inch check to see if it has a slot for a second hard drive. If it does you can put it in there. If not you can get a 2.5" hard drive box and a USB cable to connect it.

Why is a solid state drive so much better than a SATA hard drive? by bombom8495 Q: why are solid state drives so much better than a SATA hard drive? why are they so much more expensive? should i get a 500GB SATA Hard Drive or a 256GB Solid State Drive that costs $300 more with my new computer?

A: Solid state drives, in theory, offer faster data read and write speeds. Mechanical hard drives are becoming a choke point in today's computing, due to the speed limitation. Intel is the only company that currently offers a well-designed Solid State Drive that doesn't succumb to a lot of the problems you hear about SSD's. SSD Pro's: - No moving parts which means it's more reliable, lasts longer, and has faster transfer speeds. - less power consumption - Not as hot as mechanical drives - Smaller SSD Con's: - Expensive - Technology is not currently optimized and still needs a bit of work (Intel is currently the exception)

Wats is the difference between solid state drive hard drive and reguler hard drives? by chand m Q: Normally when solid state hard drive is offered with laptop its like with very low capacity such as 8GB or 60GB but in Normal its up to 1TB. where i am confuse is does Solid S Hard drive has more data storage capacity even in less GBs what normals had in more GBs. Please try to REFERENCE you answers.

A: A Solid State HD uses a Technology a lot like RAM. A REGULAR HD uses platters and heads, similar to the old Vinyl Records but a lot smaller and stacked in multiple layers. A Solid State HD will have smaller capacity because it's more expensive to make. Their main advantage is speed. Seek time is practically zero and transfer speeds are at Electronic levels since there are no Mechanical parts to slow things down. A Giga Byte is the same size on either disk since it's a unit of measure. It cannot hold more data in one technology than another any more than a plastic gallon jug holds more than a glass one.

What is the difference between a serial ATA drive and a solid-state Drive? by Q: I've been looking at a new computer for a while, when I select the one I want there are some options for different drives. The standard is a serial ATA drive and then for some extra money it says I can change that to a solid-state drive. If you could just tell me the basic differences and which one is better (like if one of them boosts the performance of the computer) that would be great.

Can you replace a laptop hdd with a solid state drive in any laptop? Or is there limitations? by AtheistOnAcoustic Q: I have a HP 2500z and the HDD failed. Well, I think. It starts loading and then goes to a blank screen with a blibking dash. Possibly an operating system fail i guess. Would i be able to replace the hard drive with a solid state drive? What are the advantages?

A: Yes..you can replace with the newer SSD Hard Drives. They load faster and last longer that a standard hard drive due to the lack of moving parts. The trade off is that they cost more. A 250GB Standard hard drive runs about $80.00 while a 64GB SSD runs well over $250.00. Good Luck The Old Computer Guy

What is the best solid state hard drive to install Windows on? by mindlessmalk Q: I am thinking about getting one or two small solid state drives to install windows on. I am looking for speed and reliability. What is the best drive to get for just OS and maybe some speed hungry apps? What size should I get? I think the Win XP install was less than 5GB, so even if I got a 16G it would probably be enough, right? Will rate good answers. Thanks! Nate

A: OCZ Vertex (30 GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227393 Reviews: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/954/1/

How much faster will a laptop be with a solid state drive? by Anthony Q: I'm thinking about buying a solid state drive for my HP Pavilion TX1000. I have heard mixed reviews about performance and battery life changes. Will it make the laptop significantly faster? Or is it just a waste of money?

A: If price was not the question geeks would have definitely opted for it. Its the future, there's no doubt about it. If you need good reviews about SSD's visit tomshardware.com. If you got cash to burn go for Mtron or Samsung, believe me you won't regret.

How big of a solid state drive do i need? by Q: I plan on making a desktop soon and I want a solid state drive to run my operating system off of and stuff. Just wondering if anyone had some input on the size of one i get.

Is the hard drive version of the Acer Aspire One faster than the solid state drive version? by Noob Q: I'm thinking of buying a netbook. I'm not sure whether to get a solid state drive or a regular hard drive. The hard drive holds more than the solid state drive version but i heard the solid state version is faster. I don't mind the low space because I have an external hard drive. Any opinions?

A: ya the solid state is a little faster, but don't expect any miracles

Can you install a solid state drive on a mac book pro yourself, later? by VII Q: I heard that solid state drives will drop in prices considerably in a few years. I am in the process of getting a new mac book pro, but the solid state drives (with enough memory) are really expensive. I was wondering if it is possible to install a solid state drive in yourself later on. And is it a good idea to wait for the prices to drop and do it yourself?

A: Hmmm, very good question, but wouldn't it void apple's warranty if you open the laptop yourself? Since Jobs is so damn picky and all. If the laptop has room for only one HDD, then you would have to replace the old drive and install everything in the new one. I would rather have those installed in a PC tower since they need cooling, not a lot of cooling but it's rather better to have them at good temps.

What is the difference between a solid state drive and a regular drive? by Ay Q: A 128 GB solid state drive, a 500GB SATA Hard Drive, a 320 GB SATA hard drive (7200 rpm) with free fall sensor. Which one is best for a Dell XPS Laptop? Thanks

A: A regular drive has magnetic storage on a disk that rotates. Solid state drives have no moving parts, the data is stored on transistor junctions. I would stay away from the solid state as they are relatively new. As far as the others, it depends how big a drive you want.

What is the difference between a solid state drive and a hard drive? by Party Popper Q: I don't know which one to get with my MacBook pro. It is like £200 more for the solid state drive. I want to know the difference between the two and how it affects the laptop overall. Thank you for helping!

A: A solid state drive have no moving parts, where a hard drive has a motor that needs to spin the internal disk. A solid state drive is also reads and writes much quicker than a hard drive. Also, a solid state drives last longer than hard drives due to the fact that there are no moving parts. Solid state drives use less power over a hard drive, extending battery life.

How does a solid state drive compare to a hard drive? by Skippy Q: I am looking at this netbook :http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/computers/notebook-computers/pc-notebook-computers/hp-mini-1004tu-mini-1004tu-netbook/prod10336.html It comes with an 8 GB solid-state drive, and an 8GB hard drive would be good enough (it will be a supplementary, not my main computer), but is a solid state drive as good as a hard drive?

A: Solid state Hard drive are generally faster than normal hard drive. I don't want to get on too technical but Solid state are like computer memory ram. They can load very fast as opposed to normal hard drive which use magnetized disk. In hard drive, there is read speed and write speed. Read speed is the one that concerned with how fast computer can open your program, save documents , boot window and so on. Write speed is the one that concern with saving files, copying one files from other. Solid state are very fast in read speed but they are not much different from normal hard disk in write speed. Which is perfect for a Netbook because I don't think you'll be writing and copying a lot of files in net book. Solid state drive don't have moving parts as magnetized disk so if the drive fall , it have higher chance of surviving the impact. Which is great for a Net book because people like to carry them and drop them occasionally. So in m option , Solid state driver are better than hard drive.

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