Solid State Drives (SSDs)
- June 23, 2010
- Posted by: Paul Avolio
- Category: Information Technology
The first computer I used was a Texas Instruments TI99/4A. It was a keyboard with a brain that plugged into our little black and white TV and you plugged cartridges into it to do different tasks. These cartridges were “Solid State” devices, meaning they had computer memory chips in them used to hold their data. This was a very fast and stable way of storing data, however as computer programs grew in size it became too expensive to store everything this way. So entered the floppy disk drive (and the cassette drive) and eventually the hard drive into the consumer PC marketplace. This is all still in the early to mid-eighties. Fast forward a few decades and hard drives are still where it’s at for data storage. There is one in almost every new PC purchased. I say almost because there is a new contender on the block looking to get into your computer: the Solid State Drive.