Sales Of SSD Drives Are On The Rise

These days, SSD drives are everywhere. In your phones, in computers, probably in your pocket right now. It seems like the whole world has become addicted to these tiny, versatile little hard drives-and for good reason. Their complete lack of moving parts makes them stable, durable and sometimes even capable of handling a run through the washing machine. Their incredible capacities make the user able to hold whole libraries of information literally in the palm of their hand.

And it’s no secret that SSD drives are soon to replace their hard disk rivals, with more and more computers on the market having flash memory installed in place of cheaper, more spacious hard disk drives. In fact, some research companies cite a drop of almost 4 percent in HDD sales from last quarter of 2010 to the first of 2011. Dropping from 167.5 million units to 160.9 million, it becomes more apparent all the time where the trends are headed.

The Most Stable Media
Flash drives have gained a reputation as being stable, long-lasting and all-around reliable. As they become cheaper to produce and storage space becomes more plentiful, SSD drives have become the most stable media, both in durability and lifespan of the technology as a whole. Flash drives have replaced floppy disks, zip drives and may soon replace CDs as well.

A Russian company, Art Lebedev, is even working on disposable “Flashkus” flash drives, made out of cardboard and cheap circuitry, expected to hold 8 to 16 gigabytes per drive. If trends are any indication, used flash drives will become as disposable as used CDs or DVDs.

But is this technology as stable as it sounds? Yes, flash memory is probably here to stay. Yes, SSD drives are everywhere and far more convenient and compact than disk-oriented alternatives. But this may also be the dark side of solid state. Your most valuable information is likely sitting in your pocket, your car, or your phone. Without memory stick recovery tools, your information could be lost.

Much of this information is very important, perhaps priceless. And even the most careful of us might leave it at a public computer, drop it in a puddle, or lose it under the seat of the car. It is even becoming an increasingly likely possibility that one could give someone the wrong flash drive, or a used one thinking that it’s blank. Not to mention, one of the downsides of flash memory is that it has a limited number of times that it can be written to. Eventually the SSD drives will malfunction or become corrupt, at which point flash drive recovery becomes difficult or impossible.

The Solution
The most obvious solution that should always be exercised is to back your information up. Back it up on your home computer, your work computer and on portable media. Be wary of putting private information in too many places, but also be wary of not protecting yourself enough. Fires, floods, robberies and countless other scenarios could leave you high and dry where your personal information is concerned.


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