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Windows 7: What is a SSD?

02 Jun 2013   #1
crazykilla

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
What is a SSD?

Hello, I'm CrazyKilla

Mostly I'm posting this because I'm lazy and wikipedia and other sites just make it so complicated to understand, but can someone explain what a SSD is? Is it something along the lines of a HDD? is it better, worse, older, worth getting?


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02 Jun 2013   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I had a well thought-out, proper post typed out, but decided you are probably not interested in the details. An SSD is a smaller, but much faster HDD, with no moving parts inside. It is better for installing your operating system on, but not for storage of tons of data. Most find a balance with an SSD + HDD solution. Yes, they are worth getting. No other upgrade you can make will net you as much real world performance as an SSD.

If you want more specific advice, let us know.
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02 Jun 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s a hard drive, but built like a flash drive. So it`s way faster then a conventional mechanical hard drive.

A solid-state drive (SSD) (also known as a solid-state disk [1][2][3] or electronic disk,[4] though it contains no actual "disk" of any kind) is a data storage device using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives.
SSDs have no moving mechanical components, which distinguish them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads.[5] Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically less susceptible to physical shock, run more quietly, have lower access time, and less latency.[6] However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline in 2012,[7] SSDs are still about 7 to 8 times more expensive per unit of storage than HDDs.
Many SSDs use I/O interfaces developed for hard disk drives, thus permitting simple replacement in common applications.[8]
As of 2010, most SSDs use NAND-based flash memory, which retains data without power. For applications requiring fast access, but not necessarily data persistence after power loss, SSDs may be constructed from random-access memory (RAM). Such devices may employ separate power sources, such as batteries, to maintain data after power loss.[8]
Hybrid drives or solid state hybrid drives (SSHD)[9][10] combine the features of SSDs and HDDs in the same unit, containing a large hard disk drive and an SSD cache to improve performance of frequently accessed data. These devices may offer near-SSD performance for many applications.
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02 Jun 2013   #4
crazykilla

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thankyou guys for explaining, I might consider getting one.
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02 Jun 2013   #5
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Best upgrade you can buy......better than upgrading to the best CPU you can use, better than a ton of RAM.....no other piece of hardware will do more for your system than an SSD.
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02 Jun 2013   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Best upgrade you can buy......better than upgrading to the best CPU you can use, better than a ton of RAM.....no other piece of hardware will do more for your system than an SSD.

+1
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02 Jun 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Those that don't have a ssd wish they did. Once you use a ssd your hooked, nothing else will do. That is how great they are.
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02 Jun 2013   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The most common comment we hear here from first time SSD users is, "Why did I wait so long". Mine and many others comment is 'I'll never use another computer without one'. Trust me, there is a slight learning curve, only setting your computer up slightly different, but once you do, you'll love it and never want to go back.
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02 Jun 2013   #9
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
The most common comment we hear here from first time SSD users is, "Why did I wait so long". Mine and many others comment is 'I'll never use another computer without one'. Trust me, there is a slight learning curve, only setting your computer up slightly different, but once you do, you'll love it and never want to go back.
I absolutely loathe working on other computers now because of this!
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02 Jun 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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The most common comment we hear here from first time SSD users is, "Why did I wait so long".
Pioneering the SSD was not an obvious task. I got my first OCZ 60GB (without Trim) for $265 in 2008. In those days there were few people that knew anything about it and I had to figure the beast out myself. The guys on the OCZ forum were no help either because either they were either nuts or their explanations were beyond my comprehension.

I still have this SSD and a recent health check certified it until 2022. I will replace it though with a bigger Vector which is already on my desk and use it as an external device.


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