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ZTEK Season 1, Episode 1 "Are mechanical hard drives dead?"

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Are mechanical hard drives dead?

Slight AV sync issues. Will be correcting it next episode. Thanks

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Speed-Racer187d ago

Nice to see some decent Tech videos finally

johnnyzee2018187d ago

Thanks! More like this will be coming!

Cobra951187d ago (Edited 187d ago )

I know you're just getting started, growing pains and all that. One quick observation, "SSD" means "solid-state drive". You effectively say "solid-state drive hard drive" and "solid-state drive drive" so many times here that it gets comically distracting.

Western Digital makes some highly competent SSDs now, at prices that give Samsung a hard time.

Mechanical drives are still great for massive storage at an affordable price. I like the idea of SSD for system and applications with a lot of disk access, and high-capacity spinners for media and anything with lesser disk-access demands.

Edit: Mechanical drives are not more reliable than SSDs; they are potentially more durable. Using an SSD kills it slowly, because flash memory only gets so many write cycles before it burns out. Wear-leveling software maximizes the SSD's lifetime, but it still will eventually fail, at least as a write medium. (The better SSDs will lock themselves into a read-only mode once they can no longer get reliable writes.) You may argue, however, that an SSD will last so long under normal consumer use that it's likely the mechanical components of a hard drive will fail sooner, even if its magnetic storage doesn't. That's a subject for a different video, no?