Why is 500GB Serial ATA drive much cheaper than 256GB Solid State Drive? What's the difference?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A Solid State Drive is one of the most advances types of memory containers we have today, not to mention it is new. Pretty much, what it is is that it is a hard drive with no moving parts at all. This means your hard drive will not make alot of noise, die out, and your computer won't over heat as much or as often either. This is a big advantage because with no moving parts, there is no friction, so data can be transfered alot faster.

    ATA is one of the oldest types of hard drives out there. It is definatly not recommended, especially in this era of computer technology. I used to have a ATA hard drive. It wasn't that fast, but it wasn't that slow either, but it makes so much noise. SATA hard drives are what most people buy now. Their alot cheaper and very efficent. They last for a very long time, but SSD (Solid State Drives) almost never die out. The difference between ATA and SATA is that SATA hard drives have more solid parts than ATA's, so they are more efficent.

    SSD's have no moving parts at all, so they are hard to produce at the technology we have now. I personally think that we can easily make them, but the problem with that is that if the price was lower, the companies that sell SSD's wouldn't be making as much profit. Right now, SSD's are not worth the money. Wait a few years, 2-5, and they will be cheaper.

    Source(s): Chris Pirillo
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Serial ATA interphase is old now, and solid state is new technology. The real difference is, the Serial ATA drive has moving parts that can eventually wear out and the solid state drive has no moving parts!

  • 4 years ago

    the 256GB Solid State for the most part will roast the SATA drive when it comes to seek times. For writing however, unless you get a SLC (single layer) solid state (instead of MLC, multilayer), the SATA drive will have faster writes. In general, if you get a SLC SSD, they are the fastest hard drives available right now. MLC SSDs are more affordable, but slower. They still are a big leap over SATA drives in general.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a ata drive is like a cd it spins inside and it is slower and can wear out easy well a solid state is like a thumb drive it is flash memory it is very fast an has no moving part so it never really wears out

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  • 1 decade ago

    A few things that make SSD more expensive Hard Disk Drive.

    First would be SSD is new

    Using different material to make them and they are more expensive than those that would be use in the Hard Disk Drive.

    SSD performance normally are better than HDD.

  • 1 decade ago

    in simple terms solid state drives are far more secure and durable and secure isnt cheap

  • 1 decade ago

    pretty much like, would u suck an old dick(ATA) for $10.00 or a young fresh dick(SATA) for $50.00 there u go

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