Originally Posted by jbc
Sadly I seem to be behind in technology in terms of solid state drives. Would someone please answer a few questions about them: I understand that solid state drives are the next generation beyond hard drive technology, true? What are the advantages of Solid state drives over conventional drives?
Massively superior performance, in some cases they are an order of magnitude faster than HDDs
Low Power consumption
One thing to keep in mind is all SSDs aren't created equal. Drives using Intel, Indilinx, and Sandforce controllers are exceptional but drives with Samsung or Jmicron controllers should be avoided at all costs.
I highly recommend reading Anandtech's SSD articles. They are all pretty long but they do an excellent job of explaining the technology as well as what to look for in a SSD.
AnandTech: The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD