Like a hard drive, a solid state drive (SSD) is used to permanently store data. A SSD can be accessed much quicker than a traditional hard drive which makes it ideal to use to store software applications because of it’s high performance. An SSD is becoming increasingly common to use to install an operating system on since it can provide a more responsive computing environment thanks to the increased read speeds and quicker seek times.
When compared to a hard drive a SSD has many positives. Firstly, a SSD has no moving parts which means it generates less heat, less noise, no vibration and use less power. All of these factors make SSDs ideal to use in laptops since it can increase battery life and offer more reliability, since it’s less likely to be damaged thanks to no moving parts. A SSD is also much faster than a hard drive to which is great as it means quicker boot up times, faster loading screens in games and more.
While a solid state drive does have many positives they do sadly come with a price. At the moment they are more expensive than hard drives per gigabyte which means most home systems and affordable laptops will still have hard drives as it’s, in most cases, the most cost effective solution.
A SSD is usually placed within a computer near the motherboard however, it’s location will depend on the model of computer. Like a hard drive, a SSD requires a data cable connected to the motherboard. The interface cable used to connect the motherboard and solid state drive together is called SATA.