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Solid State Storage (SSS) has quickly emerged as the next best thing for your computing needs, from commercial level to consumer level. Who wouldn't want a drive with no moving parts, designed with a smaller footprint and quicker access times? Solid State Storage is a data storage device that records and accesses information electronically instead of magnetically and has no moving parts as its predecessors once did. This allows it to effectively operate in harsh environments where disk drives would fail or have shorter life spans.

With a more compact design, you have the ability to add more storage devices into smaller location. It wasn't to long ago that Solid State Storage drives were very costly and not readily available for the consumers, how times have changed. But did you know that you have many options and styles of Solid State Storage to choose from?

During this past year, solid-state storage has seen a revolutionary stride and has given us many options that we previously did not have. This directly influences the design, computing power and durability of many systems across the board. Depending on your particular configuration and components installed, the options below might shine a light on what Solid State Storage device would suit you.

First you have your SSD (Solid State Drives). These drives are direct replacement 2.5" drives that are either IDE or SATA. They mount like any other 2.5" drive and have a power and data cable connected to them just as a standard drive has. From all the Solid State Storage devices, the SSD offers the greatest capacity ranging up to 512 GB.

The second is the IDE Flash Module. This module basically looks like an old SCSI terminators (remember those). These modules range in size up to 4 GB and plug directly in to your Motherboard IDE Port where the ribbon cable would connect. Although IDE is being replaced by the faster SATA there are still many users that require this option.

The third is SATA Flash Module. Again this is comparable to the IDE Flash Module but connects to the onboard SATA Connector and offers greater speed. Also being SATA gives you the option for current and newer motherboard to be able to support the device. The Capacity ranges up to 32 GB.

The fourth is an IDE to Compact Flash adapter. This is a basic adapter that would allow you to connect a Compact Flash Memory Card (CF) directly to your Motherboards IDE Connector and access it as if it were a Hard Drive. The CF ranges up to 32 GB capacities.

The final Solid State Storage device is Direct Compact Flash Integration. Some Motherboards have an integrated direct connect CF slot so you can add any CF in to the slot and forgo any type of adapter.

Keep in mind that not all Operating Systems can support booting from removable devices and that once installed may be bigger then the storage device capacity itself. It is recommended that an O.S. that does not use disk space as temporary storage be used. If not there are Solid State Storage devices with higher endurance that are capable of high read and write functions.
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