SSD Drives, a brief history
A Solid State Drive, sometimes also referred to as a solid-state disk, is described by Wikipedia as a storage device that saves continuous data on solid-state flash-memory. SSD flash memory is a non-volatile computer storage chip that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed — no power is needed to maintain the data stored on the chip. The use of high-speed Flash memory has evolved into a preferred technology over the years, especially in the mobile industry. Once a pricey option to standard optical hard drives, improvements to the manufacturing process, and the increase in chip capacity has led to more competitive pricing. Other advantages include faster read access times and the ability to store and transfer data between computers and other digital products like cameras, smart phones, and iPod/MP3 players–all the while being more resistant to physical damage than hard disks .
What’s the big deal?
What’s the first impression a consumer has with any electronic device-how long does it take to boot up? With solid-state drives, start-up time is substantially reduced. How many times have you turned a computer on and stared at it for several minutes while it went through the motions of starting up? Not a fun activity for anyone. Now you can zip through the process with greatly reduced latency periods. In addition, there are no moving parts that can break. That old hard drive that used to hum and spin and click is no longer an issue. As a result a solid-state drive is much quieter, and more durable.
Apple and the SSD
Apple first introduced the SSD drives into their line-up with the MacBook Air. Their popularity has grown to the point that they’re now available as a Build-To-Order option on other MacBook laptops. For those of you with older Mac’s, you aren’t left out in the cold. According to the MacGizmoGuy , there are after-market SSD drives available for professional installation by authorized dealers as well as step by step instructions for the do-it-yourselfer. Either way Mac owners can greatly improve their productivity simply from the speed improvements they will experience with a solid-state drive. From the moment your boot up your computer, you will notice the difference–quietly and effortlessly saving your data, installing and opening new programs and moving on to new tasks has never been so easy.