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Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?

262 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 6:22 AM by uselessSABOTAGE RSS
0pusX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 31, 2012 5:56 AM

Ok I am looking at getting a MacBook Pro or Air, other than phsyical deifferences, I see the biggest difference is the hard drive types.

 

Is there an advantage to either one? I see you get a lost less storage with the Air vs. Pro.

 

Any other things I need to consider?

 

We use it maily for internet. I have a external hard drive that I use to store pics on.

 

I DO want a DVD/CD drive though as well as at least 3-4 USB ports.

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  • uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:03 AM (in response to 0pusX)

    I don't know why you feel you need a disc drive (dvd/cd), however to address your questions...

     

    A traditional HDD (Hard Disc Drive) has moving parts and the speed of the disc is severely limited by this fact.  A SSD (Solid State Drive) does not have moving parts and is considerably quicker.  You will notice that your computer will feel faster and more responsive even with a slower processor.

     

    The reason that there is such a steep price difference in cost/GB is because flash storage (solid state) is still comparatively new to being used as these storage sizes.  You can get an 8 GB USB flash drive pretty cheap these days but to get a 1TB SSD you'll spend approximatey $1,000.  For the same 1TB HDD you can spend less than $100.

  • uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:16 AM (in response to 0pusX)

    It is like all products there was a day when you could buy a 50 inch projection tv for a fraction of the cost of what you could buy an LCD tv for.  Now you can get a larger size LCD tv for what some would call cheap.

     

    You are sacrifcing lower cost of the HDD for the benefits of solid state storage with much less storage space for the money.

  • uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to 0pusX)

    Only the unfortunate failure due to manufacturing defects.  Typically speaking SSD are very stable and have a failure rate equal to or less than HDDs.  However always back up, and always back up your back ups!

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