SSD Drives have been around for several years now. The early versions had small capacities and weren’t very reliable. Reliability is now rock solid with tests showing they could last up to 1000 years under a normal workload. I will be long gone before the end of that 1000 years so it is nice to know my data will still be safe.
Unfortunately SSD Drives were also expensive. Thanks to new processes, the prices continue to drop. The latest technology is 3D NAND memory which stacks memory to fit more in the same small space. Thanks to this new technology, the drive sizes are increasing and the prices are decreasing.
Of course the biggest benefit of SSD Drives has been their speed which is only limited by the SATA connections available in your computer. Samsung’s latest has a sequential read speed of 540 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 520 MB/s. For those who have never used SSD Drives, you’ll be blown away at how fast dates move to and from your drives.
Pictured is the 500GB version of Samsung’s 850 EVO drive. To me, it is the best balance between overall cost and size. But you can get the drive in four different sizes. Each of the sizes, the current price being shown at Amazon as of this writing as well as a link to the product page is listed below.
- 120 GB Samsung 850 EVO currently $89.00 at Amazon
- 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO currently $132.99 at Amazon
- 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO currently $248.99 at Amazon
- 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO currently $472.09 at Amazon
Typically it has been suggested that SSD Drives are used to hold your operating system and all your software. Then you would use a traditional mechanical drive to hold your data since it was too expensive to justify SSD at large capacities. With the new 3D NAND bringing larger capacities and lower prices, it may soon make sense to use SSD Drives for all of your storage needs.