A six pack of solid-state drives compared

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For years, solid-state drives have been great in theory, but a little problematic in practice. The rationale for replacing mechanical media with solid-state silicon certainly seems sound. Without moving parts, SSDs can be far more durable and shock-tolerant than drives that have to contend with platters spinning at thousands of revolutions per minute. The lack of mechanical latency allows SSDs to seek several orders of magnitude faster than traditional hard drives, as well.