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SSD versus HDD by John Harwood

SSHD
Anyone thinking of building/buying a new computer should think about the SSD option. Previously all HDD (Hard Disk Drives) have had various varieties of magnetic disks on things called platters whizzing round inside the outer metal casing. Like anythng mechanical not only is it liable to damage by dropping but also its parts must wear out. SSD (Solid State Drives) with no moving parts are not subject to either of these problems. Their main drawback is that size for size compared to HDD's they are much more expensive. Considerably so when getting to very large capacities. Most commonly nowadays they are used to keep the OS (Operating System)  on with all other data stored on separate drives within the computer . To do this you only need a drive of 128GB which is usually more than adequate. The difference in start up times for the computer is most marked. Prices are around £90 or less.
  SOME PRO's AND CONS SSD AND HDD

The biggest CON against the SSD at the moment is price especially for larger sizes.
Also the number of save cycles (how long it will last) is less than an HDD.
Advantages are its very quiet as it has no moving parts. It is much much quicker in operation.
Impervious to damage i.e. you can drop it and it will not break. ( Please don't test this out though!)
Some SSD's come with an optimization programme, otherwise they need no defragging at all.
The CON for the HDD is it is noisy, because of the moving parts it wears out all the time.
Damaged easily if dropped , susceptible to shock movement.
On the other hand it is much cheaper than SSD's  especially where large amounts of data i.e. videois needed to be kept.
There is no need to panic HDD drives on the whole are pretty reliable but the addition of an SSD drive to keep your operating system will certainly enhance your system. They can be bought for laptops as well.

High Definition Video a quick look
SSD versus HDD
MP3 / FLAC Sound Compression
High Defintion
Part One
Cleaning Hard Drives
Hard Drive Installation
GUIDANCE NOTES ON COMPETITION FILMS
MUSIC COPYRIGHT
BOB'S BASIC EDITING GUIDE
A Novel Camera Support
DOWNLOAD ADOBE PREMIERE 6.5 EDITING GUIDES
Adding Filters
Create a Freeze Frame
Correcting Synch Errors
Change Capture Location