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The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives


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The majority of an organization's stored data sits untouched. Andrew Leung, a computer science researcher at the University of California, was part of a team that found that, in a three-month period, no one accessed 90 percent of a company's data — not even once. That statistic would be useful to keep in mind when dealing with a newfangled technology called solid-state drives (SSDs).

Advocates like to say that we are close to a major turning point in computer storage, and one day, our computers will use SSDs instead of the hard drives we are all familiar with. But though it seems that SSDs are doubling in size and falling in price every 18 months or so, hard-drive manufacturers have kept their products ahead of that curve.

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