New Hippo Techie: Stately & solid

 No matter how fast the electronic interface got, drives were still limited by the speed at which the disk rotated. For consumer drives, that’s usually 5,400 or 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM). Some high-end server drives spin as fast as 15,000 RPM, but they need to be installed in a well-cooled chassis. The average desktop or laptop just wouldn’t cut it, and they’re expensive anyway.

A different technology has been around for a couple years but is starting to come down into a competitive price range: solid state drives. Instead of spinning platters, there are flash memory chips inside of these drives.

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