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 computersindustrial thin client computers, KREIOS box thin client modules with quad core technology and more, all of which come with Solid State Drives standard!


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