what are the differences between solid state drive and flash storage?
- Asked by Letícia U from Montreal
- Apr 5, 2013
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The question is not "what is the difference between a HDD and a SSD/Flash?", but "what is the difference between SSD and Flash Storage?". Simple. It is the difference on where it is attached. SSD attaches to the SATA controller, which the HDD also attaches. When you upgrade you current computer to SSD, you will experience a huge boost in performance over a HDD (If you have an old mac, doing this upgrade might save you a few bucks.there are minor draw backs. look up "TRIM on Mac".) PCIe is where Flash Storage is attached. This means that it does have to go through the SATA controller, which reduces overhead. Between SATA and PCIe, PCIe is faster. Therefore, Flash Storage is faster than HDD. IF you already have a SSD, then the diffences won't be as easily seen between SSD and Flash Storage.
On another note, SSD and Flash Storage also have the benifit of drawing less power so the battery life is extended. This is why Macs with SSDs and Flash Storage have great battery life.
- Answered by James G from Glendale
- Apr 2, 2014
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They are both one and the same, technology wise similar.
SSD is a drive in itself. Flash is also similar to SSD but this uses no power to store data.
compare a SSD(hardrive) in your computer to a Pen Drive(USB storage..like PNY/sandisk etc).
Essentially both kinds do not use a mechanical moving parts to store and retrieve data.
- Answered by Aditya U from Lincoln
- Feb 8, 2014
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To many people the terms are more or less interchangeable but SSD refers to the unit itself (the drive) whereas flash storage refers to the memory chips that are contained in the unit. Flash storage also refers to the technology itself.
- Answered by John H Y from Lubbock
- Jan 23, 2014
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That's like asking "what are the differences between an electric car and a hydrogen fuel cell?"
A solid state drive (SSD) is a type of storage that holds data in 'solid state' microchips instead of spinning magnetic disks like a traditional hard disk drive (HDD). An SSD may be an internal drive that connects via SATA, an external drive that connects via USB, or an expansion card that plugs into a PCI port.
If the SSD is non-volatile (i.e. the data written to the drive remains even after power is removed) then it is *also* based on flash storage technology, just like USB flash drives or SD memory cards. SSD's not based on flash storage would need constant power to retain their data.
- Answered by Jason H from Toronto
- May 17, 2014
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A Solid state drive, or an SSD, is a lot faster in terms of read and write speeds that a conventional hard drive. This means when saving or opening files it will be a lot quicker and boot up time will be dramatically quicker, most macs with SSDs can boot within 15 seconds, that is less than half the time a hard drive would take (my old imac took 45 seconds with a hard drive). You will also find applications will launch faster as well. I have SSDs in all my computers and I now find it frustrating how slow a computer with a hard drive is! Overall it is one of the best upgrades you can do to any computer.
- Answered by Jas N from Lymm
- Feb 2, 2014
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Applications launch faster in a mac which consist of flash storage as compared to the macs that consist of hard drive.
There re no moving parts in flash storage macs. Rebooting is faster in flash storage macs as compared to the hard drive one's. Also they are light in weight.
- Answered by Roshni F
- Feb 20, 2014
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The short answer is that there is no difference.
The long answer is that SSD stands for Solid State Drive, which is different from a spinning disk that rotates and has arms that reads of different parts of those spinning disks, that is normal hard drives with moving parts. An SSD has no moving parts.
A Solid State Drive can use different technologies for storing data. The most common, the one you find in macs, iphones etc is based on Flash. Or more specifically non-volatile NAND flash memory. An SSD could also be based upon different types of RAM memory, these you see used in servers and workstations, usually as RAM disks.
To put it straight a Flash Drive is a SSD. While SSD in most cases is a flash drive there are exceptions to that.
See this wikipedia article for more details: en (dot) wikipedia (dot) org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
- Answered by Juanito S
- Jul 25, 2014
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Why would I want to get a solid state drive in a mac?
- Asked by Tony L from San Francisco
- Oct 6, 2010
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what is a solid state drive?
- Asked by Romano L from Canmore
- Mar 10, 2013
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