A solid state drive (SSD) is a new type of storage drive that’s similar to a hard drive, but faster and more reliable. SSDs use flash memory to deliver nearly-instant boot and load times, and since they don’t have to mechanically seek out data on a spinning platter (like a hard drive), they’re able to access data almost instantly.
Inside your system, your storage drive works alongside your system’s memory and processor to access and use data. For example, say you want to access data from a spreadsheet and perform some basic edits. Here’s what’s going on behind the scenes.
Since your files, pictures, programs and operating system are all saved and accessed on your storage drive, installing an SSD is one of the quickest ways to make load times a thing of the past – and transform almost every aspect of your system’s performance.