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Solid state drives refuse to delete data

Feb 22, 2011, 23:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Fogarty)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"The first time I was briefed on developments that would lead to solid-state hard drives for laptops I thought it was such a great idea I couldn't wait to get one. Improve speed, extend battery life and eliminate all that complaining when I close the lid and sling the laptop around before the disk stops spinning? Oh yeah.

"Unfortunately former colleague Galen Gruman was in the same meeting, and managed to shoot the idea into my "maybe someday" file before I got back to my desk. (Galen is wildly enthusiastic about technology himself, but has annoyingly accurate reasons for it when his enthusiasms conflict with mine.)

"In this case the reasons were that the mean time between failure on flash memory was far shorter than for disk, making a solid-state drive (SSD) a good risk for data loss."

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