How SSDs work

Thomas Ryan tears apart a hard drive and SSD to show you how they work

PC Advisor - - CONTENTS -

It’s the day ev­ery­body dreads. You power up your PC and it sits dor­mant, fail­ing to boot be­cause your hard drive or SSD has died. But af­ter you stop swear­ing and reach­ing for your back­ups, you might as well make the best of things. There’s a world of small won­ders hid­den in­side every stor­age drive if you take the time to dig around. Since stor­age drives die far less fre­quently than they used to, the op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­sec­tion are rare. So we’ve bro­ken out our screw­drivers and dis­sected both a solid-state drive and a tra­di­tional hard drive for you, to re­veal what makes them metaphor­i­cally tick. If your drives start ac­tu­ally tick­ing, back up your data now and start look­ing for a new one pronto.

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