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Backup to SSD

Solid State Drives are becoming increasingly popular. They form the next generation of storage mediums.

Solid State Drives (SSDs) utilize several groups of flash memory instead of a rotating magnetic cylinder. It is a rather new technology which offers a high performance. Because an SSD device has no moving parts, it works absolutely silently and also doesn't need any special cooling. SSDs are already deployed in many netbooks. SSD drives are very durable and shock-resistant in contrast to HDDs (normal hard disk drives), which are prone to mechanical defects when subjected to hard shocks.

Hybrid drives are normal magnetic hard disks which are equipped with an additional flash memory component which serves as a buffer. Only when the flash memory is full, data is written to the hard disc. This helps to save energy, because the hard drive motor is only activated when the disk is actually used. Hybrid drives can be faster than usual hard drives.

SSD In Use

Top or flop

SSD im Test

Since the introduction of SSD storage mediums, users have been able to gather experience with them. A real benefit of SSDs is the performance and silent operation that users value highly. However, over time, a disadvantage of these media became evident. It was often reported that the guaranteed life span these still rather expensive storage mediums was in many cases not achieved. Looking at negative customer reviews from sites such as Amazon.com, it becomes clear that there are often premature hardware failures in SSDs. This means that SSD technology is not yet advanced enough to guarantee flawless operation. You should take this into account before you decide to buy an SSD drive. Consider that there are not only advantages to SSDs, but also a higher price and shorter life span.

If your equipment fails, the manufacturer warranty will usually apply, and you will be eligible for a free replacement drive. In case such a repair to your computer or laptop is necessary, you will need to be prepared to restore your backed-up data.

Our conclusion about SSDs

SSD drives are not yet suitable for backups due to their high price. It is also very risky to use the same SSD drive for each daily backup. It is advisable to use two or more drives which are used in a round-robin backup scheme. This will protect you from hardware failures and also ensures that you have several old versions of your data at any time.

It is also useful to consider using E-SATA (external SATA) connections for your SSD drives because they can be faster than USB 3.0 connections.

SSD – Flash Memory Based Solid State Drives

Advantages of SSDs

  • very long life-span
  • very energy-efficient
  • high data persistency
  • completely shock-resistant
  • silent
  • marginal head development
  • can boot a computer in a few seconds
  • identical data throughput for sustained and random access
  • full performance even with 100% memory usage!
  • usable with any SATA port
  • 2,5'' or 3,5'' size according to ISO standard
SSD - HDD Hard Disks in Performance Comparison
MSD Series – For Consumer Electronics

2,5'' MSD Series - Mtron Solid State Drives

Mtron-MSD-32GB

These SSDs are enclosed in a durable plastic case and have a SATA interface.

  • Form factor: 2.5''/3.5''
  • Capacity: 32 GB/46 GB
  • Interface: SATA 1.0a / ATA 7 Standard
  • Case: USB 2.0 Standard
  • IOPS (input/output operations per second): 80.000 (sequential)/18.000 (random access)
  • Writability: ca. 140 years, if ca. 50 GB are written per day
  • Readability: unlimited
  • Data durability: 10 years at 25 C/77 F
  • Life span: 1,000,000 hours
  • ECC: 7 bit error correction code
  • Operating temperature: 0–70 C/32–158 F
  • Access time: ca. 0.1 ms
  • Data rate: 120/90 MB/s (read/write)
  • 3 years warranty

MSP Series – For Enterprise Computing

3,5" MSP Series - Mtron Solid State Drives.

Mtron-MSP-32GB

These SSD devices are enclosed in an aluminium case with a SATA interface.

  • Form factor: 2.5''/3.5''
  • Capacity: 32 GB/64 GB
  • Interface: SATA 1.0a / ATA 7 Standard
  • Case: USB 2.0 Standard
  • IOPS (input/output operations per second): 80.000 (sequential)/18.000 (random access)
  • Writability: ca. 140 years, if ca. 50 GB are written per day
  • Readability: unlimited
  • Data durability: 10 years at 25 C/77 F
  • Life span: 1,000,000 hours
  • ECC: 7 bit error correction code
  • Operating temperature: 0–70 C/32–158 F
  • Access time: ca. 0.1 ms
  • Data rate: 120/90 MB/s (read/write)
  • 5 years warranty
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