Will SSD Drives Replace Hard Drives in the Future?

Every time we close our eyes, a new technology pops up in the modern world in which we reside. The industry where technology develops every day is the computer world; specifically the notebooks. The current and ultimate invention is the introduction of the solid state drives, commonly known as SSD’s. An SSD is also known as an electronic disk. It is a gadget that stores data, and it uses a solid-state memory. An SSD is not mechanical, and it utilizes flash memory, it is the same computer chip technique that stores images in our digital camera.

SSD differs with the current hard drives in that it uses microchips. The microchips do not include any moving parts like the existing HDD, and they however hold the info that is stored. The invention enables an SSD less vulnerable to sudden movement. It allows quieter operation as well as a rapid procession of information. Also, an SSD is essential in that it employs the same interface used in the current hard drive, and it allows the replacement process straightforward for most end users as well as computer and laptop producers. The current SSD’s are based on the NAND memory system. It is a beneficial aspect since the drive can retain memory without the help of power. The SSD drives, in addition, utilizes the quicker Random Access Memory (RAM) system.

SSD drives can outdo the standard hard drives because it is much lighter and smaller, the SSD is up to fifty times faster. Since there are no moving parts, it uses less power while producing little heat. In the last few years, the SSD drive memory has significantly improved as there are 250GB drives in the market now. The only disadvantage with SSD now is their high selling price compared to the conventional hard drive. However, manufacturers are working day and night to ensure the price goes down. With massive production being projected, the cost of an SSD will automatically reduce.

The SSD memory is capable of several numbers of rewrites to every memory cell is available in a standard hard drive. Significant inventions have been made in the last decade. An addition that was invented by Intel, load leveling, ensured that every memory cell in an SSD received the same workload. Numerous SSD producers are now using comparable technology. On average, an SSD can last for more than ten years for a typical user.

The primary reason why SSD will overtake HDD in the future is access speed. A fast standard hard drive has access time equal to around five milliseconds. It seems fast, however, when a microprocessor is tasked to millions of instructions per second, the five milliseconds is a significant problem. The SSD in the modern world has a hundred microsecond access time which is 50X faster than the conventional hard drive.

However, it is good to note that the speed of an SSD can be affected by the interface. Currently, there are three standard interfaces utilized by SSD drives. First, SATA interface is the most common interface used by the standard hard drives, though, SATA interface is regulated to little total throughput to a speed of about 3Gbps. This speed is significantly slower for an SSD thereby resulting in sluggish performances. Most SSD drives can handle 5Gbps throughput.

Another reason why SSDs will outdo hard drives in the future is due to the increasing popularity of portable devices like mini-laptops, notebooks, among other devices. An SSD is seamlessly suitable for these types of ultra-portable gadgets. As consumers’ demand grows vastly, the future of SSD’s is very bright indeed.

Due to increasing number of gamers, gaming laptops are currently employing the use of SSD. The SSD is best suited for these kinds of laptops because the machine is primarily used to read data rather than write. In addition, gamers and gaming laptops require the most excellent possible performance at whatsoever price. The users do not mind spending big as long as they get outstanding performances in return. Most gaming experts are currently offering SSDs in most laptops and even in several desktops.

For a laptop buyer, the type of drive to select primarily depends on the purpose of the new device. If a user is looking for a long-lasting, quiet, and speedy netbook that can take little hard knocks, then one should select an SSD equipped laptop. Else, if looking for a conventional desktop machine, one can save some bucks by choosing an HDD enabled computer.

Lastly, the traditional hard drives will be in the market for a few years. However, its days are numbered. They will become extinct just like the dinosaurs. Time will tell.



  • Jamby Monroe April 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm Reply

    the extinction of HD are already coming soon, i hope it would back up the SSD in the near future, or just work as a team

  • Rafael Monaco April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm Reply

    it depends on the budget you have, HD are still okey, ssd are expensive.

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