hard drive vs ssd

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by the mac docter, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. the mac docter macrumors newbie

    the mac docter

    i know i hear everywhere that ssd's are better and more durable. but why is that? why are they so expensive compared to conventional hard drives? what are the benefits, the weakness. what is so special about them? but most importantly how do they work?
  2. MJL, Sep 5, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011

    MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    He's only a youngster so be kind and patient please (you know at both 16 and at 65 w've seen it all and know it all ;) )
  3. Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    I believe one of the reasons SSDs are currently more expensive than their HD counterparts is because the technology is much younger. HDD were once far more expensive going back 10-20 years. It doesn't take long for new tech to eventually reach a point where enough people are buying them to help the costs go down. We all have the early adopters to thank for that. Also, as the tech matures the R+D that goes into their evolution gets more developed and the more sales feed back into more R+D.

    It would make your eyes water to see how much CD recorders cost when they first came out for the consumer market. Now they're practically a dime a dozen.

    (P.S. I don't mean to sound patronising, but did you know you've spelt your username wrong?)
  4. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Yep, I remember those days, similarly I remember that 1 Mb of memory was almost 2K and standard config was 128K (or 256K) My first HDD was 5 Mb.....

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