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SSD Types and Form Factors – An SSD Primer

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Our SSD close up today is going to examine the different SSD types and form factors common to the consumer. This is the third paper in a series of recent articles that explained the benefits and components of a solid state drive and will go so far as to make up our SSD Beginners Guide.  Each article is designed to …

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Introduction To The SSD

Intro To The SSD

WHAT IS A SOLID STATE DRIVE? To start, lets tackle the question of exactly what is an SSD and what are the benefits. The easiest way to describe this is as an SSD being an array of flash memory modules similar to a flash drive which are controlled in such a way that, once the computer is shut off, it …

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Mechanics Of the SSD

Mechanics Of The SSD

The solid state drive hit the consumer market in 2007 and has sold like wildfire since with sales of 1.4 million in 2008 growing to somewhere in the area of 14 million annually today.  Where the ssd was once only available in mission critical military, medical and aeronautical equipment, it has now brought an entirely new look to retail computer …

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SLC vs. MLC SSDs

SLC vs. MLC SSDs

A QUICK EXPLANATION . There are two different types of ssds, the single level cell (slc) and the multi level cell(mlc), the latter being the norm for typical consumer use mainly because of its cost. The slc ssd is preferred for high efficiency server systems, more expensive and is expected to have a much longer lifespan than the mlc ssd. …

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The SSD versus The Hard Drive Review

The SSD versus The Hard Drive

After the overwhelming response to my first Solid State Drive (SSD) review listed at Sandisk 32GB SSD Tested, I formed the opinion that a completely accurate real world comparison of a SSD and HDD was a necessity.* Thanks to the temporary loan of the Seagate Momentus 7200.2 ST9160823AS (160GB 7200RPM) hard drive through Dell, I was able to run comparison tests. …

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