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Anatomy of a Solid-State Drive

solid-state drive

Photo: Roland Dreier; Treatment by Brian Greenberg / Andrij Borys Associates

While the ubiquitous SSD shares many features with the hard-disk drive, under the surface they are completely different.

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Ross Mohan

Lovely article as much for the excellent and comprehensive technical overview it provides, as for the 'wisdom' it offers in the final sections regarding HDD vs SSD and filesystem/application optimizations. A real gem!

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