Week 11- What are SSD Drives?

Jeffrey Martinez
2 min readNov 17, 2021


What are SSD Drives and are they better than regular Hard Drives? SSD stands for Solid State Drive. A typical Hard drive consists of a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores data. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platter is spinning. Almost like one of the old record players

SSD have the same functionality. The difference is that data is stored within interconnected flash-memory chips that retain data even when there’s no power flowing through them. Solids state drives are commonly used today within many laptops as optional configurations, yet they are much more expensive than the regular hard disk drives. Are SSD beneficial?

The Benefits

Well, there are many reasons why upgrading your computer to an SSD can be beneficial. Here are 5 reasons:

  1. Durability and Reliability
  2. Faster than Hard Drives
  3. Power and energy efficient
  4. Less weight and minimum noise
  5. More Practical Sizes

As good as this sounds, it can be a little expensive to upgrade to an SSD. Computers can really benefit through SSDs to increase productivity and become better for multitasking.



Jeffrey Martinez

I am a graduate from Flatiron School for Software Engineer. Studied HTML, CSS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React, Redux, Sinatra, and Sqlite3