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    SATA and SSD hard drives versus Standard Hard Drives.

    Hi,

    Could someone give me a quick explanation of the benefits of SATA and SSD hard drives instead of the on-board hard drives? (E.g., 750 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive being the on-board and above mentioned being upgrade possibilities for a few hundred bucks extra).

    1. Is it that the computer scans or reads them (SATA/SSD) faster because they are smaller in capacity?
    2. Is it that they are advanced in actuality and technologically operate faster than standard hard drives?
    3. If I'm aiming for at least 500GB what's the best combination of hard drives keeping speed in mind? (Bang for Buck.)
    4. Is the difference in computer speed noticeable with SATA/SSD in contrast to standard hard drives?
    5. What is the area of improvement with upgraded hard drives (E.g., Boot-speed or General-performance?)

    Thanks!

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    SATA is not a hard drive it is a interface.

    SSD is a Solid State Drive and it is very much quicker than mechanical drives. SSD are often smaller in capacity than traditional mechanical drives.

    Both are connected to the motherboard via SATA ports.
    To help us help you - please provide as much information about your system and the problem as possible.

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    Here´s a good read http://lifehacker.com/5932009/the-co...d+state-drives
    I got three SSDs in my rig, one fast one (I know, they´re all fast...) for OS, one older one, not quite as fast, for not so important programs and temporary storage (just until my external HDD arrives tuesday), and one super fast for my most demanding programs (flightsims). they take up so little space, and require no ventilation, I just slapped them in the back of the case with all the wiring, keep airflow in the case undisturbed.

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    Difference between SSD's and HDD's is night and day. Seriously can't go back to a HDD for a system disk at all. I have a 240GB in my system Corsair Force3 drive and it's fantastic, boot time is wicked quick and games have no load times.

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    SATA is the interface for SSD drives which are tons faster than traditional hard disks, then.
    Thanks a lot!

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    No, SATA is not an interface for SSD, although it happens to be the interface that SSD's use.

    SATA is the new standard for HD interface. It is a smaller cable, and works well with lower draw drives. Also, the old interface PATA, was pretty much maxed out in terms of speed. Also, SATA cables can be much longer than the old cable, as well as having much lower power requirement. There are other advantages as well in larger systems.

    I hope this wasn't pendantic, but I have had some heelp from this forum, and would like to return it if possible.

    SSD, weel others have anseered that just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
    Kop

    No, SATA is not an interface for SSD, although it happens to be the interface that SSD's use.
    You might wanna read what you just said mate, you say SATA is not an interface for SSD, then you go ahead and say it happens to be the interface that SSD's use...which is it?

    SATA is an Interface, it's the bus interface that connects Host Bus Adapters(SATA Ports) to Mass Storage Devices(HDD's & SSD's) and Optical Drives. And SATA is not new, it's been around for 10 years and has gone through 5 Generations already so far. SATA, SATA 2, SATA 3, 3.1(mSATA & NGFF) & 3.2(SATA Express & µ(m)SSD).

    There are no "on board" HDD's, I think you're referring to HDD's that are already included with a laptop/ultrabook/desktop system. Like everyone else above has already stated, HDD's are slow and SSD's are pretty damn fast...the upcoming tech is light years ahead of what current hardware and software can handle at the moment lol

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    SATA is also used for platter drives.

    I didn't want to imply that it was only used for SSD

    Semantics, my man, semantics.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA a bit of searching will help
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    Your not going to see a big difference in gaming, if that's what your into, with a ssd over a hdd. Especially if your running two hdd's in RAID.
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