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What is an SSD?

A solid state drive (SSD) is a storage component for your computer that’s similar to a hard drive, except it’s a lot faster and more reliable. SSDs use flash memory to deliver nearly instantaneous 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. Take a look at the difference:

The inside of a hard drive

On a hard drive, data has to be sought out on a spinning platter, so it takes longer to boot up your system, load applications, and save files. In contrast ...

The inside of an SSD

In terms of its design, an SSD is like a giant USB drive that can replace your hard drive and make your system faster. Since SSDs don’t have small, moving parts that are prone to failure, they’re able to seek out data much faster, and without these moving parts, hard drive crashes and lost data are no longer the norm for data storage. Given that all of your photos, videos, files, and programs are loaded from your storage drive, the increased reliability of an SSD safeguards your important data while also providing a dramatic performance boost.

The Crucial Difference

Interested in an SSD? Discover what sets a Crucial SSD apart from the competition – thirty years of manufacturing expertise, hundreds of qualification tests, and over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing built into each and every drive. With free shipping, award-winning customer support, step-by-step install guides, and our famous 45-day money-back guarantee, choose Crucial.com and experience the Crucial Difference.

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