Remembering Hard Drives

In his blog, Matt Mullenweg writes about replacing the hard drive in his desktop with a 32GB SSD flash memory card (picture) and installing Vista. To quote Andrew Sullivan, here’s the money quote:

[T]hanks to the SSD, install and boot times are incredibly fast.

When I think what I really need to carry on my laptop, one 32GB drive should be sufficient.

It’s not cheap. Currently, it’s around $500.

Here’s more about the drive itself from Samsung:

The SSD system includes NAND flash memory, controller, connectors and other elements on a printed circuit board and can fully replace hard drives in notebook, sub-notebook and tablet PCs. Its weight is approximately half that of a conventional hard drive, thus further increasing easy system portability. The device also uses less power, about .5W in operational mode and less than 0.01W in standby mode. In a typical use scenario combining read/write, seek and standby, the SSD requires roughly one-tenth the power of a hard drive. This gives users more than 30 minutes of additional use before a battery charge is needed.

The performance of Samsung’s SSD exceeds that of a similarly sized hard drive by more than 150%. For example, it can read data at a rate of 56MB per second and achieves write speeds of 32MB per second, which is more than twice as fast as comparable hard disk drives. Its speed lets PC users cut boot-up time in half when compared to a conventional 1.8-inch hard drive. As a non-volatile storage device, the SSD has no moving parts such as the motor, disks and heads of a hard drive. Thus it eliminates spin-up time, seek time and rotational latency while delivering sustained high-speed data transfers. The SSD is also extremely friendly to its surroundings. Its lack of moving parts makes it noise free and its ultra-low power consumption virtually eliminates heat emissions.