The computer industry shipped more than 653 million computing systems in 2010, and more than 98% of them had a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) inside. This perennial storage workhorse continues its great 30-year run and provides the basis to go beyond just raw capacity and achieve the highest performance possible from today's advanced microprocessors.
To take full advantage of higher computer processing power, some users have attempted to upgrade to solid state drives (SSDs) that deliver significantly faster performance. But even consumer-grade SSDs can cost an order of magnitude more than comparable-capacity HDDs; high- performance, enterprise-class SSDs are even pricier. Capacity should be affordable, but too often the high price of SSDs forces the user to make a choice between performance or capacity. ▶
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