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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Solid-state Drives?

Q: I’m thinking about swapping out the hard drives in my computer for solid-state drives. What are the advantages and disadvantages?

A: There a number of advantages offered by solid-state drives:

  • Increased durability due to no moving parts to wear out or fail
  • Significantly faster data transfer rates (some drives claim 92% faster)
  • More reliable long-term storage and no need to “exercise” drives
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Reduced heat

There are also places where conventional hard drives still have the edge:

  • Larger capacities
  • Wider support for RAID setups
  • Longer lifetime in terms of the number of read/write cycles
  • Lower prices per gigabyte

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