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What is a solid state drive?

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A solid-state drive is a storage device that uses a series of semiconductors for data access and storage. This in different from a hard-disk drive, which uses magnetic spinning disks and read/write heads to store and access data.

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Solid-state drives have no moving parts, unlike traditional hard-disk drives that require a motor to work. As a result, SSDs run silently, are much more resistant to damage from physical shock, and use less power to operate. SSDs also use flash memory instead of a magnetic spinning disk for data storage, making accessing and storing data much faster than traditional hard drives.

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