Advantages of Solid State Drives (SSD) vs. Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

Why does Thinlabs All-In-One Computers and box client modules feature Solid State Drives instead of Hard Disk Drives in our devices?

Simply put, Solid State Drives, available in a variety of form factors including traditional HDD form factor, SATA and mSATA Disk On Modules, offer a host of benefits over Hard Disk Drives, including:

  • Much quicker bootup time (50-70% on average)
  • Much faster data accessibility time - all data on a SSD can be accessed by a system simultaneously
  • Much smaller in size and about 1/10th the weight
  • Shock resistant, do not vibrate and not sensitive to orientation since there are no moving mechanical parts - HDDs should be mounted to protect against vibration and shock, and often should not be mounted in a tilted position
  • Make minimal noise
  • Much less power usage - SSDs use ½ the power of HDDs on average
  • Minimal heat production
  • Can tolerate higher temperatures than HDDs
  • More reliable mechanically
  • Minimally impacted from magnetism - HDDs can be erased by magnets
  • Negligible fragmentation effects - do not require frequent defragmentation unlike HDDs

Thinlabs devices with Solid State Drives are fanless, self-cooling, and come standard with a choice of operating systems offering native SSD support, including Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 8.1 (32 / 64 bit), Windows 8.1 Professional (32 / 64 bit), Windows 8.1 Industry (32 / 64 bit), Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7 Professional and Thinlabs Linux.

Contact a Thinlabs representative today for more information about our line of POE all-in-one computers, rugged tablets, industrial thin client computers, KREIOS box thin client modules with quad core technology and more, all of which come with Solid State Drives standard!

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Read more about the advantages of Solid State Drives on Geek For Hire's blog.