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Solid State Drive (SSD)

A solid state drive (SSD) is an electronic storage medium that uses flash memory instead of magnetic platters to store data. Solid state drives have several advantages over traditional magnetic-media hard drives, including access speeds (reading and writing is instantaneous as the seek-on-disk action which is an element of platter-based disks has been removed) and power consumption (SSDs consume very little energy as they have no moving parts).

Currently, the principle disadvantage SSDs have in their competition against traditional hard drives is cost; per MB of storage traditional hard drive remain several magnitudes cheaper than their pricier SSD counterparts.

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