Wave “Bye” to Hard Drive Crashes: The Future of Storage

    By Dawn Altnam | Small Business

    There’s a whole generation of computer users who have never known anything but the whirring, spinning-disk noise of traditional computer hard drives. For years, these large, weighty data storage boxes have been the best widely available storage space on the market and have been outfitted in virtually all personal home computers until the last few years.

    But new technology is giving consumers good reason to bid farewell to the traditional hard drive, and fast. The advent and widespread implementation of solid-state storage, and in particular the solid-state hard drive, has brought this new technology to the market so fast that computers are regularly being outfitted with these features before consumers even know what it means.

    The dangers of the spinning disk

    Traditional hard drives feature a magnetized disk that spins to recall data. It sounds rudimentary, but that’s what virtually every computer of the past has depended on. The problem is that these hard drives are bound to break down over time, since they’re comprised of mechanical parts. Often, they break down with no warning.

    Solid-state drives differ in that they recall data through electric impulses. The recall time is much faster because electrical impulses can move much faster than the time it takes for a hard drive’s disk to start spinning, get up to speed and then, finally, start recalling data. And with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less prone to breakdown and produce significantly less heat, reducing both the need for cooling fans and the risk of overheating. All of these problems are regularly grappled with on a hard drive, making it an ineffective method of storage.

    Alternative storage forms

    While the solid-state drive is the best form of physical storage on the market right now, it’s not the only option. Cloud storage is a virtual means of storage that can be effectively scaled, managed and protected by a number of cloud hosting companies. While some businesses and consumers remain leery of cloud storage because it’s a vast departure from physical storage, the cloud is at least a suitable backup storage platform and can be purchased at a reasonable price. Even better, some cloud computing companies are beginning to use flash storage arrays, making your data more secure.

    Between solid state and cloud storage, the hard drive of the past simply can’t compete.

    Keeping up-to-date when it comes to tech

    Most business owners understand the risks of falling behind modern times. Or, they at least think they do. In reality, a lot of organizations drag their heels on up-and-coming innovations as they wait and see how those advancements play out—perhaps if only to make sure that the innovations are worth their effort. By that time, though, they’ve already fallen behind their competition and have to play catch-up.

    Innovation is important in any aspect of your operations, but when it comes to tech, it’s an absolute must. Failure to adapt in such a fast-changing world can put you at risk of dropping well behind the curve. You’ll miss out on revenues, encounter more stumbling blocks and gain a reputation as an organization that doesn’t invest in the best tech tools of the day.

    With solid state drives now available at such a reasonable price, there’s no need to continue to rely on a clunky hard drive. The marginal savings of sticking with old technology isn’t even close to worth the liability taken on by continuing to use traditional hard drives. Condense your space, quicken your data recall and reduce your risk of malfunction by upgrading to a more refined form of data storage.

    More Tech articles from Business 2 Community:

    Subscribe to our mailing list
    * indicates required
    Small Business Services