What is the difference between a serial ATA drive and a solid-state Drive?

I've been looking at a new computer for a while, when I select the one I want there are some options for different drives. The standard is a serial ATA drive and then for some extra money it says I can change that to a solid-state drive. If you could just tell me the basic differences and which one is better... show more I've been looking at a new computer for a while, when I select the one I want there are some options for different drives. The standard is a serial ATA drive and then for some extra money it says I can change that to a solid-state drive. If you could just tell me the basic differences and which one is better (like if one of them boosts the performance of the computer) that would be great.
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