Kerekes, editor, StorageSearch.com
If you want to learn more about SSDs for your own personal
use or because you run your own small business - then this page is for you.
It lists consumer SSD related articles and directories - both here on
StorageSearch.com and external sites which readers have recommended to me
(in the tables on the right of this page). And just as important - these links
will steer you clear away from the complex mission critical SSD content on
StorageSearch.com which is intended for people who need to know more about
SSDs as part of how they make their living.
When did the consumer
SSD market begin?
Throughout most of
history SSDs cost
more than the average person's car or home. That's why the consumer SSD
market started long after the
If I had to pick a year from which to date the start of the
consumer SSD market - it would be 2006.
That's when awareness of
(as opposed to USB flash memory sticks) flared into the notebook market and
the first notebook PCs with genuine SSDs instead of hard drives became generally
available (to those who could afford them).
SSD market analysts
like me were writing about the (then) "future" consumer SSD market a
year or so before that time - and enterprising individuals were setting up SSD
business units and founding companies to design products for the consumer SSD
market from around 2004 / 5.
How good are consumer SSDs?
won't find anyone more enthusiastic about solid state storage than me. But -
here's an important sanity check.
Even the very best consumer SSDs
available today are vastly inferior in
reliability to the
best SSDs in the enterprise
I'm not trying to put you off. I'm just stating a fact.
that case - you may well ask - what's so great about consumer SSDs?
- if SSDs cost the same as
hard drives then nobody
would buy the hard drives unless they were going to rip them apart to use as
artwork (I have seen it done and encourage you to destroy your old HDDs too as a
cheap form of disk
sanitization) or unless they intended to use the HDDs in a nostalgic
computer restoration project, or as a working exhibit in a computer museum.
reasons for using SSDs in the consumer world today are the same as they've
always begin - and were part of the value propositions which gave birth to the
entire market concept.
Consumer SSDs can provide a superior user
experience or enable the product designer to do things which were previously
technically impossible. Here are some examples of what you can do with the best
consumer SSDs compared to the best HDDs.
- SSDs are much faster - when booting and in complex operations like games
and creating video or presentations
- SSDs use less power - longer battery life, less heat on your lap and less
need for noisy fans
That's it for now. I hope you find the links on
this page useful.
- SSDs can fit into smaller physical spaces
| "Consumer products
are moving more and more towards that touch of artificial intelligence
and in particular speaking to your devices and having your voice sent
off to the cloud, recognised and analyzed on good computers there and
|Steve Wozniak -
and Chief Scientist - Fusion-io
in the article -
deluge - the need for speed
(September 28, 2012)
|| OK - let's start again from the
famed rational policy based decision making processes (when it came to
expensive stuff) had gone out the window at the cake shop because they all
looked equally scrumptious and affordable and he kept changing his mind about
what he wanted.
|more signs of LSI aiming to
be everywhere in SSDs|
|Editor:- January 13, 2014 - For those who like
pictures - an overview of
consumer SSD form
factors - written by Kent
Smith of LSI
can be seen in a recent
Uncoincidentally - and reaffirming its ambitions in
the enterprise market
- LSI also announced today that its
SSDs will be used by Oracle
|SSD Review exposes how
rebranded memory can adulterate consumer SSDs |
|Editor:- February 18, 2013 - the SSD Review recently published
in-depth article which shows how the memory chips in
consumer SSDs -
which appear to come from one source - may actually have come from somewhere
The article - which reads at times like a gripping detective
story - looks into the topic of remarking and rebranding flash chips - which
can lead to mistakes and adulteration in the memory supply chain - all in
pursuit of getting the lowest
These problems and risks have been well known in expert SSD circles.
See also:- my (2009 article) -
Why can consumers expect
to see more flaky flash SSDs?