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Notebook hard drives are dead: How SSDs will dominate mobile PC storage by 2018

Mark Hachman | Dec. 4, 2015
Trends in SSD pricing and laptop sales are all pointing in the same direction.

For those of you who have used a laptop equipped with a hard drive, however—well, you already know how awesome SSDs are. Rebooting a PC used to be take enough time to get up and fetch a cup of coffee; today, it’s barely enough time to pull our your phone and check your email.

But there’s also the “good-enough” argument. You simply can’t buy a peripheral that can enhance the performance of your laptop’s CPU, or add more memory—so both those components should weigh heavily in your buying decision. But if you want to add additional storage capacity, you have literally hundreds of external options to choose from, SD cards to add, or cloud storage like Microsoft’s OneDrive. You don’t need to buy a laptop with a 4TB hard drive inside, because you can always add that extra storage later. What you’ve got is good enough.

But increasing your laptop’s boot speed? Loading a game in a matter of seconds? That kind of convenience comes from only one component: an SSD. And once you’ve experienced it, you don’t want to go back. Lower prices may eventually kill the notebook hard drive in favor of the SSD. And what a great day that will be.


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