Era of Solid State Drives Officially Arrives

The availability of 1TB SSD has been good for some time but the news of Samsung’s latest 1TB SSD marks the official shift from magnetic hard drives. Ironic how soon, relatively speaking, SSD capacity caught up with mainstream default drive capacities. A few years from now, mainstream, consumer SSD will cross into 10TB. With mSATA SSD, it is time for RAID config to come standard on high-end machines to contribute to a more compelling performance profile.

Portable hard drives may yet sunset to give rise to a common flash drive technology based on mSATA with higher capacities, reliability, and longevity. The transition to USB-C is happening faster than expected. I gave it 5 to 10 years, but it is seems more like 1 year to widespread adoption. While SD card and microSD card readers are adjusted to the Type-C connector it may be an opportunity to migrate to external drives that are based on mSATA SSD as a universal hardware storage platform.

Laptops are going to get much thinner with USB-C, mSATA SSD and the continued absence of optical drives. Tablets will increasingly participate in the world of USB as the Type-C socket works to the exterior aesthetic criteria of mobile design. Rather than staid old designs calling for a substantial shift, everything that is gets refreshed in a way that continues their use and uptake. Once again, hardware demonstrates its primacy in innovation.


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