How'd You Get So Big?
by Gary Woods
Sold State Drives or SSDs have been around for a while. They first appeared on the Apple Air computer and have been showing up on a lot of computer lately. Instead of using stacked up spinning platters like Hard Drives use Solid State Drives have no moving parts and therefore presumably last longer and are much quieter. The two problems with the drives are they are usually pretty small compared to hard drives and they are definitely more expensive.
Well the size part just went away. OCZ, a memory maker has come up with a 1-terabye solid-state drive that will fit 3.5 inch drives slots. The drive isn't light weighing in at 14 ounces, but remains compact enough to fit into a standard 3.5 inch drive day meaning laptop owners will have to wait a little longer for this behemoth.
The drive is fast with read speeds of up to 250 megabytes per second and writes speeds of 220MB per second over an SATA 2 interface. But it's also expensive with a $2,200 price tag.
If that number is too high for you OCZ also makes a 500GB model for $1,200 a 250GB version for $650 and a 120GB model for $300. But, if you laugh at a $2,200 drive price tag OCZ also makes a smaller version of the 1TB Colossus drive which retails for $3,000.
SSDs continue to get bigger and faster but so far the price is still pretty darn high, but if you want big and quiet check out the OCZ Colossus.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc