SSD (Solid State Drives)

 

SSD: Solid State Drives for Quiet, Consistent Performance

When it comes to the brain of your PC or laptop, a solid state drive has some benefits over the traditional hard disk drive. While you may be able to find a HDD at a lower price point, especially when you reach into larger storage capacities, SSDs may be worth the extra spend when you consider the perks of placing one in your device. Walmart Canada offers a number of choices when it comes to both internal and external drives, and understanding how to buy the right product for your computer makes a big difference in how satisfied you ultimately are with the purchase. 

SSD Versus HDD

One of the main differences between a HDD and a SSD is the lack of moving parts in the latter. HDDs spin as the computer reads the surface to analyze data and make decisions; this doesn't happen with a SSD. SSDs use flash memory to store information — this is the same technology that thumb drives or USB sticks use to store data.

The resulting benefits include quieter performance, better write performance, faster data access speeds, reduced power consumption, smaller size, reduced heat generation and no impact from magnets. That adds up to a drive that typically lasts longer and out performs equivalent hard disk drives. 

The one major drawback to SSDs is that you can't get them in extremely large storage capacities easily. Typically, once you hit over a TB of data capacity, SSDs become too expensive for many users.

What Storage Capacity Do You Need?

Since solid state storage is a big differentiator for price, this is often the first concern to address. Begin by estimating the amount of data you need to keep on this drive. If you want to create a media archive, you'll need a lot more storage capacity than someone who just needs to keep a few images or documents on their computer. 

For reference, a full-length movie (about 1.5 hours of standard definition video content) takes around 1.5GB of space. A 512GB drive could hold more than 300 such films. An HD movie takes up about 5GB of space, so that's around 100 films. The same drive could reasonably hold more than a million basic text documents. These numbers do assume nothing else is on the drive. If you use the SSD as the main drive for your computer, it must also hold program and operation files, so keep that in mind.

Remember that you can opt to supplement any SSD drive with less expensive external storage devices too.

External or Internal Solid State Drive

Internal SSDs must be installed inside your computer. That requires some technical skill and isn't always possible with laptops and slim all-in-one machines. Opt for an internal SSD if you're building a new computer, replacing a broken part or upgrading your machine. If you're not able to install an internal drive and just want some extra storage capability, consider an external drive that lets you save files off of the main machine. 

 

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