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SSDs vs HDDs

Hard disk drives (HDD) are made primarily of a magnetic platter.  A mechanical arm moves across the platter as it spins to read/write 1’s and 0’s to platter.  The process of reading and writing the data is very mechanical on the HDD.

Solid State Drives (SSD) have no mechanical or moving parts and the data is stored on microchips.  This makes the SSD drives more efficient at reading and writing data to and from the drive.  Hard drive failures are reduced greatly by switching to SSD drives.

The SSD drive read and write speeds are much faster than those of the HDD drive.  This will decrease the computer boot time and should improve the performance of the machine greatly.

The above picture illustrates the physical difference between the two types discussed

The biggest question often overlooked: How long does an SSD last?

There are three SSD storages are available: Single Level Cell (SLC), Multi-Level Cell (MLC) and Triple Level Cell (TLC). It is simple logic that the more data saved per cell is saved, the higher the wear level. When only reading data, an SSD will not wear out. The life of an SSD depends on the write and delete operations.

This paper covers the basic comparison of the two technologies and touches on the different levels of SSD. Next month’s entry will break down the differences in Solid State Drive offerings.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Featuring CPU-based pricing, the ability to turn off Windows updates, and long term support, Windows 10 IoT could be the best choice for your Industrial PC.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Licensing Levels

With the first release of Windows 10 IoT, Microsoft introduced Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) with availability until 2026. In the 2019 update, Microsoft moved to the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) providing support until 2029. For both LTSB and LTSC, licensing is based on the processor in the computer.

Entry: Intel® Atom™, AMD E1, E2, A4, A6, G-Series, Selected Intel® Celeron® (N3160, N3060, N3010, N2930, N2807, J1900)
Value: Intel® Pentium®, Rest of Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Core™ i3 and i5, Intel® Core™ M, AMD R-Series, A10, A8, Rest of FX Models.
High-End: Intel® Core™ i7, Intel® Xeon®, AMD Selected FX Models (FX 7500, FX 9370x, FX 9590, FX 7600P)

For help selecting the right operating system, contact us to discuss your short and long-term requirements.

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